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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Mississippi State
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  Mississippi State offensive lineman Brandon Cunningham is likely on his way out. Cunningham, who appeared in nine games, earning one start in 2020, has entered the transfer portal a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Dispatch. Matt Zenitz of AL.com first reported the news. Assuming Cunningham does not return to MSU, he would be the 18th player since Mike Leach took over last January to seek a transfer from the program. Junior defensive backs Marcus Murphy and Tyler Wiliams and junior running back and Columbus native Kylin Hill also previously opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. - The Dispatch

(DS#999 OG) rFr/2024 OG Brandon CunninghamMississippi State
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  Mississippi State added a major missing piece to its 2021 secondary puzzle Saturday. MSU announced the addition of former Texas cornerback and top-50 recruit Jalen Green as a transfer. Green, the No. 47 player and No. 6 cornerback in the 2018 class according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, will enroll in school this month and be available for spring practices. A Houston, Texas native, the former fringe five-star recruit was recruited heavily by current MSU safeties coach Jason Washington when he served as the Longhorns' cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. Washington again was heavily involved in Green's recruitment the second go-round, helping the Bulldogs secure his pledge. After redshirting his first year in Austin, Green played in 21 games for the Longhorns and recorded 22 tackles, 10 assists and five passes defensed. Should he have committed to MSU out of high school, he would have been rated the tenth-highest-ranked recruit to sign with the Bulldogs in school history. - The Dispatch

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2022 CB Jalen GreenMississippi State
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  Mississippi State is losing one more piece from its 2020 puzzle. Senior wide receiver Osirus Mitchell announced Tuesday via Twitter that he will forgo the final year of eligibility afforded to him by the NCAA amid the COVID-19 pandemic to enter the NFL draft. Mitchell becomes the fifth MSU senior to enter the draft in addition to classmates guard Dareuan Parker, linebacker Erroll Thompson and defensive ends Kobe Jones and Marquiss Spencer. Mitchell finished the 2020 season with 47 receptions for 505 yards and four touchdowns in 11 appearances. - The Dispatch

(DS#40 WR) Sr/2021 WR Osirus MitchellMississippi State
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  Another Mississippi State draft decision has been made. Bulldogs starting guard Dareuan Parker announced Sunday afternoon that he will forgo the extra year of eligibility the NCAA has afforded players amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will enter the 2021 NFL draft. Parker was one of the few stalwarts along an MSU offensive line this fall that endured ample changeover and mismatching combinations. - The Dispatch

(DS#51 OG) rSr/2021 OG Dareuan ParkerMississippi State
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  01/16/21 - Brandon RuizrJr/2022, Mississippi State, 5-10, 180 (DS#13 K) + More +

  Mississippi State received a major boost to its 2021 fortunes Wednesday night. Redshirt junior kicker Brandon Ruiz announced via Twitter that he would be returning to MSU for his senior season. A former Arizona State graduate transfer, Ruiz started 10 games at placekicker last season. Entering bowl season, Ruiz ranked No. 17 in career field goals made in the FBS (47) and No. 24 in points per game (7.2). He finished his inaugural season in Starkville 10 of 12 with a long of 43 yards. Ruiz also averaged 64.9 yards on his 43 kickoff attempts this season. - The Dispatch

(DS#13 K) rJr/2022 K Brandon RuizMississippi State
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  Another Texas Longhorns player is set to join fourth-year running back Keaontay Ingram in the NCAA transfer portal, as Inside Texas reported on Friday that fourth-year defensive back Jalen Green will enter the portal, too. Unfortunately for Green, his development didn't follow the same trajectory as some of his classmates. Not playing defense full time at Houston Heights was likely one reason, but the change in scheme in 2020 also played a role during Green's crucial junior season. As a freshman, the 6'1, 197-pounder mostly played on special teams before emerging as a seven-game starter in 2019 with 30 tackles, five pass breakups, and two tackles for loss. - Burnt Orange Nation

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2022 CB Jalen GreenMississippi State
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  Mississippi State is down another receiver. A source with knowledge of the situation told The Dispatch Thursday morning that redshirt freshman and former Noxubee County standout Kyziah Pruitt has entered the transfer portal. Pruitt, who struggled with injuries for much of his two-year tenure at MSU, did not appear in a game during his time in Starkville. A former three-star recruit, the one-time Noxubee County star was rated the No. 23 player in Mississippi according to 247Sports. Despite playing a run-heavy scheme as a prep star, Pruitt notched 2,824 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns. He also added 592 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. During his senior season at Noxubee County he corralled 28 receptions for 362 yards and two touchdowns. - The Dispatch

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR Kyziah PruittMississippi State
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  Two Mississippi State players are potentially on their way out. A source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Dispatch Tuesday afternoon that senior kicker Jace Christmann and junior offensive lineman James Jackson are set to transfer. Jackson has already entered the transfer portal, while Christmann's status is unclear. Matt Zenitz of AL.com first reported the Christmann news. Joel Coleman of Cowbell Corner first reported Jackson's entry. Jackson, the Pascagoula native saw time at both offensive and defensive line. He made his first career start in a Sept. 10 loss at Kentucky and appeared in 10 of 11 games this fall. - The Dispatch

(DS#999 C) rJr/2022 C James JacksonMississippi State
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  Cal football lost a key player to the transfer portal Sunday as sophomore receiver Makai Polk announced his commitment to Mississippi State. The move came as a surprise - Polk firmly established himself as one of the Bears' top receivers over the course of the shortened 2020 season. The wideout earned praise and attention and was a consistent deep threat that Cal's offense desperately needed. Over the course of the previous offseason, Polk added weight and elevated his game, evolving into a more dynamic target for quarterback Chase Garbers. Polk accumulated 478 yards and three touchdown passes after 17 games with the blue and gold and was primed to be an important member of the team's offense for years to come. - Daily Californian

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Makai PolkMississippi State
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  After just two seasons with the Bears, sophomore receiver Makai Polk entered the transfer portal despite a breakout 2020 season. Should Polk decide to transfer, his presence will be sorely missed. Polk ranked behind only Kekoa Crawford in receiving yards this season, racking up 183 yards and a touchdown over the season's four games. He had multiple receptions in every contest this season and, between the end of the 2019 season and now, emerged as a deep target for quarterback Chase Garbers. Polk had the Bears' longest reception of the season, a 52-yard bomb against Oregon State, and filled out his lanky, 6'3" frame over the offseason to become a bigger, more physical threat on the outside. That came after a career-best 105-yard performance at the 2019 Redbox Bowl to end his freshman season. - Daily Californian

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Makai PolkMississippi State
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  Mississippi State is down a second defensive end. Senior captain and former Starkville High School standout Kobe Jones released a video Friday afternoon announcing he will forgo his extra year of eligibility afforded by the NCAA amid to the COVID-19 pandemic and enter the 2021 NFL draft. While Jones played more of a complementary role during his first four years in Starkville, the former Yellow Jacket proved a force during the 2020 campaign. He finished the season with 29 tackles - including four for a loss - and two sacks opposite running mate Marquiss Spencer at the other defensive end slot. - The Dispatch

(DS#38 DE) rSr/2021 DE Kobe JonesMississippi State
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  Mississippi State saw a second player intend to transfer Wednesday afternoon. Former Starkville High School standout and sophomore wide receiver Cam Gardner announced via Twitter that he is planning to enter the transfer portal and depart MSU after three years of mixed results. Should Gardner leave, he would conclude his time as a Bulldog with 13 receptions for 110 yards and zero touchdowns. - The Dispatch

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Cameron GardnerMississippi State
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  Mississippi State is losing another key cog in its defense. Senior defensive end Marquiss Spencer announced his intentions Wednesday night that he will forgo his extra year of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL draft. Spencer is the second MSU defender to forgo their extra year of eligibility after senior linebacker Erroll Thompson did so on Tuesday. Spencer, who lost his junior year due to a season-ending injury, enjoyed massive outputs in 2019 and 2020 and briefly flirted with entering the draft a year ago. As a senior, the Greenwood native recorded 30 tackles, three sacks and an interception in nine games. Spencer also earned SEC Academic Fall Honor Roll honors in both 2017 and 2019. - The Dispatch

(DS#15 DT) Sr/2021 DT Marquiss SpencerMississippi State
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  Erroll Thompson's long Mississippi State career is over. The senior linebacker has chosen to forego the extra year of eligibility the NCAA granted all seniors who played during a season heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to enter to 2021 NFL Draft. Thompson announced his decision via Twitter. Thompson led Mississippi State with a career-high 95 tackles in 2020. He totaled 312 in his career with 23.0 for loss and 10.0 sacks. He is the 16th player in program history to record more than 300 tackles and the first since Mario Haggan in 2002. - Jackson Clarion Ledger

(DS#10 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Erroll ThompsonMississippi State
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  True freshman Will Rogers scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and had a 13-yard TD pass to lead Mississippi State past No. 22 Tulsa 28-26 on Thursday in the Armed Forces Bowl. Jo'quavious Marks scored a rushing touchdown on the game's first possession and Emmanuel Forbes returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown for the Bulldogs (4-7), who finished the season with a second straight win in a game played at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium in steady rain and temperatures in the upper 30s.

Forbes' third-quarter touchdown was initially called back on an illegal blocking penalty, but the Big Ten Conference officiating crew reversed its ruling to a penalty on Tulsa. Deneric Prince and Corey Taylor II scored rushing touchdowns, Zach Smith had a 15-yard TD pass to Keylon Stokes and Zack Long kicked field goals of 27 and 33 yards for Tulsa (6-3, No. 24 CFP). - AP College Football


(DS#26 QB) Fr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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