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  Mississippi State football safety Janari Dean has entered the transfer portal after seeing limited time in nine games this season.Dean redshirted the 2020 season before making his debut against LSU this year, playing four snaps. The Batesville native played 81 snaps the entire season, with his main contributions coming on special teams. The 5-foot-11 safety recorded three tackles, with two coming against Vanderbilt. In a statement posted to Twitter, Dean said he plans to pursue opportunities as a running back. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#999 SS) rSo/2025 SS Janari DeanMississippi State
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  2021 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State,...Forbes finished the regular season leading the team with three interceptions and was tied for fourth with 53 tackles. The 6-foot, 180-pounder from Grenada, Mississippi also added 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, five pass breakups and a forced fumble. Forbes' eight career interceptions are tied for the second-most in the SEC and his three career pick-6's are knotted for the national lead and is the only underclassman among that group. He is the first MSU corner selected as an All-SEC performer by the coaches since Darius Slay in 2012 and was also named a Freshman All-SEC performer by the coaches last season. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2024 CB Emmanuel ForbesMississippi State
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  2021 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Charles Cross, Mississippi State,...Sophomore offensive tackle Charles Cross was tabbed as a first team selection while sophomore cornerback Emmanuel Forbes garnered second team honors. Cross protected the blindside for the conference's leading passer Will Rogers in all 12 games during the regular season. Cross was the first Bulldog offensive tackle to be tabbed to the Coaches' All-SEC first team since Martinas Rankin in 2017. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#2 OT) rSo/2022 OT *Charles CrossMississippi State
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  11/20/21 - Will RogersJr/2024, Mississippi State, 6-2, 210 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers broke Dak Prescott's single-season program record for passing touchdowns on the Bulldogs' first drive Saturday against Tennessee State. Then he surpassed Prescott's mark in passing yards on their second possession. And he was far from done. Rogers threw for 391 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 55-10 rout of the Tigers on Saturday in Starkville. "I think it was kind of a tough time to play us and not such a bad time to play them," said Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach, who picked up his 150th career win. Mississippi State (7-4, 4-3 SEC) clinched bowl eligibility last week with a comeback win at Auburn and won Saturday for the fourth time in five games. The Bulldogs looked sharp in their tune-up before Thursday's Egg Bowl rivalry game with Ole Miss.

Austin Williams caught three touchdown passes from Rogers, who finished 28-of-34 passing. Rogers also hit Makai Polk and Malik Heath for touchdowns, while Jo'quavious Marks and Dillon Johnson each rushed for scores. Rogers' 21-yard toss to Williams to cap a strong opening drive was the sophomore signal-caller's 30th touchdown of the year, while an 8-yard pass to Jamire Calvin on the second series pushed him past the 3,793 passing yards Prescott posted in 2015. Rogers finished the game with 4,113 yards with one regular-season game and a bowl game remaining. "Anytime to have your name in the same company as Dak Prescott, it's pretty incredible," Rogers said. "I never really imagined that would happen." Rogers threw six touchdowns with no interceptions last week at Auburn to lead the Bulldogs to the 25-point comeback win. He's now thrown 34 touchdown passes against eight interceptions this season. - Mississippi State/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  11/19/21 - Will RogersJr/2024, Mississippi State, 6-2, 210 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  NOV 15 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State,...Completed 44 of 55 passes for 415 yards and a school-record 6 touchdowns with no interceptions...Named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week...Led MSU to its largest comeback in school history over No. 17 Auburn (25 points) by helping MSU score 40 unanswered points...Completed passes to 10 different receivers...Broke the school record with a career-high six touchdown passes...Completed 44 passes, which ranks fifth in school history. (Holds each of the top five and eight of the top nine single-game totals.)...Passed for 415 yards, marking his fourth 400-yard passing game of the year (most in MSU history)...Became the first SEC passer since at least 2000 with 400 passing yards, six passing touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing at least 80 percent of his passes...Moved to second in MSU single-season history with 3,722 yards...Set the school record for single-season completions with 407 this year...Tied the MSU single-season record with 29 passing touchdowns this season, matching Dak Prescott (2015). - SEC Football

(DS#4 QB) Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  11/14/21 - Will RogersJr/2024, Mississippi State, 6-2, 210 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  NOV 14 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WILL ROGERS, MISSISSIPPI STATE, Sophomore, Quarterback, Brandon, Miss./Brandon HS,...Will Rogers threw for 415 yards (44-of-55) and six touchdowns as Mississippi State came-from-behind to defeat 17th-ranked Auburn, 43-34. Rogers completed passes to ten different receivers as the Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3 in SEC) became bowl eligible for the 12th straight season. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#4 QB) Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  11/13/21 - Will RogersJr/2024, Mississippi State, 6-2, 210 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Will Rogers threw for 415 yards and six touchdowns, and Mississippi State beat No. 16 Auburn 43-34 on Saturday. Auburn (6-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and led 28-3 midway through the second quarter. But Mississippi State (6-4, 4-3) rallied, scoring 40 unanswered points behind Rogers' arm. "I think the biggest thing is that we didn't get discouraged by the first half, which should have been easy to do," Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. "That first half, I thought we kind of played tentatively and played not to lose. Then we played aggressively. We played faster." Rogers completed 44 of 54 passes, connecting with 10 different Bulldogs. Jaden Walley had seven catches for 87 yards, and Jakai Polk finished with 61 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions.

Mississippi State was held to just one field goal on its first three drives. Then Rogers threw for his six touchdowns on the Bulldogs' next seven drives. He only had three incompletions after the first quarter. "I felt like we all were just doing a good job," Rogers said of his second half. "The o-line did a good job of blocking. (Auburn) played a lot of man coverage today, and the receivers were doing a great job of getting off with their routes. It's kind of crazy to think I completed that many, because some of those were contested. I've got to give a lot of credit to my receivers." - Mississippi State/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  11/05/21 - Will RogersJr/2024, Mississippi State, 6-2, 210 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  NOV 1 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State,...Broke the school record for single-season completions with 327 this year. (Previous: 316, Dak Prescott (2015). Has 566 career completions, which is second in MSU history. School record: 734, Dak Prescott (2012-15)...Completed an SEC record 92.3 percent (36-of-39) of his attempts (min. 30 comp.). (Previous: 91.2 percent (31-of-34) by Josh Dobbs (Tennessee) vs. Vanderbilt (2016). Previous MSU Record (min. 35 att.): 83.0 percent (39-of-47) by Will Rogers, Louisiana Tech (Sept. 4, 2021). Came one completion shy of the NCAA single-game completion percentage record for a minimum of 40 attempts. NCAA Record: 90.9 percent by Seth Doege (40-of-44), Texas Tech, Sept. 17, 2011 vs. New Mexico. o Averaged 8.8 yards per attempt.)...Logged his seventh 300-yard passing games this season, which ties the MSU single-season record set by Dak Prescott in 2015...Recorded his ninth career 300-yard passing game, which is tied with Dak Prescott (2012-15) for the Bulldogs' career record. - SEC Football

(DS#4 QB) Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  NOV 1 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: LaQuinston Sharp, C, Mississippi State,...Started at center for MSU in the win over No. 12 Kentucky...Saw action in all 80 snaps, including all 46 in pass protection per PFF...Earned an 85.1 pass blocking grade from PFF, marking his third straight game with an 85.0+ pass blocking grade and fourth total on the season...The 85.1 pass blocking grade led all SEC centers and was the fifth highest among Power 5 centers on the week...Did not allow a single press (zero sacks, hurries or hits)...Was penalized just once...35 of MSU's 94 rushing yards and both rushing scores came up the middle...Protected for MSU to complete passes to 12 different receivers...Blocked as Will Rogers completed 92 percent of his passes and threw for 300+ yards...Paved the way for MSU to produce 438 yards of total offense. - SEC Football

(DS#53 C) rSr/2022 C LaQuinston SharpMississippi State
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  10/31/21 - Will RogersJr/2024, Mississippi State, 6-2, 210 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers could do no wrong Saturday night, setting a Southeastern Conference record for completion percentage to help the Bulldogs steamroll their way to another big victory. The sophomore quarterback completed 92% of his passes - 36 of 39 - which is an SEC record for any game with 30-plus attempts. Dillon Johnson ran for two touchdowns and Mississippi State scored 14 points off of four Kentucky turnovers to beat the No. 12 Wildcats 31-17 on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (5-3, 3-2) came up big with three interceptions of Will Levis and a fumble recovery. They turned a third-quarter fumble and pickoff into consecutive touchdowns to put the game out of reach. "I thought it was huge," Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. "Kentucky is really about control … maintaining control is something we've struggled with this year, so those obviously helped." Johnson had scoring runs of 9 and 1 yards and finished with 41 yards rushing on 11 carries. Jo'Quavious Marks rushed for 58 yards and a score. Levis was 17 of 28 for 150 yards and the Wildcats (6-2, 4-2) managed just 66 yards rushing in being outgained 438-216. "We didn't match the intensity. I felt like we got pushed around," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "We were not able to run the ball. They ran the ball. They made competitive plays, approached, outcoached us, outplayed us in every area. So overall, just a very deflation defeat." - Mississippi State/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  OCT 25 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: RaRa Thomas, WR, Mississippi State,...Caught a career-high five passes on six targets, surpassing his career total, for a career-high 52 yards...Scored his first career touchdown and added a career-long 28-yard reception...Averaged 10.4 yards per catch. - SEC Football

(DS#53 WR) So/2025 WR Rara ThomasMississippi State
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  OCT 25 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Charles Cross, LT, Mississippi State,...Led the team with an 80.6 offensive grade per PFF...Added an 83.2 run block grade and 78.1 pass block grade per PFF...Was not penalized and did not allow a sack in 81 snaps, including 66 in pass pro...Helped MSU rack up 524 yards of total offense and 29 first downs...Provided time for MSU to pass for 463 yards (fourth most in school history)...Helped MSU possess the ball for 39-plus minutes, a best under Mike Leach...Blocked for MSU to complete 47 passes to 13 different receivers. - SEC Football

(DS#2 OT) rSo/2022 OT *Charles CrossMississippi State
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  10/04/21 - Will RogersJr/2024, Mississippi State, 6-2, 210 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  OCT 4 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State,...Led Mississippi State to a 26-22 win at No. 15 Texas A&M behind 408 yards passing and a career-high tying three touchdowns passing...Finished with 400+ yards passing and three touchdowns passing for the second time this season and is the only player in the SEC to accomplish that feat...Completed 78 percent of his passes (46 of 59)...Connected with nine different receivers on the night...Top target was Makai Polk who caught 13 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns...Completed five passes of 20-plus-yards to five different receivers...His 46 completions were the third most in MSU single-game history...Completed 13 of his first 14 passes in the game...Was a perfect 7-of-7 passing on State' first touchdown drive in the first quarter...In his last three games, has gone 143-of-188 (.761) while averaging 381.3 yards with three touchdown passes in each contest. - SEC Football

(DS#4 QB) Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  10/03/21 - Will RogersJr/2024, Mississippi State, 6-2, 210 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Will Rogers threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns and Nathan Pickering sacked Zach Calzada in the end zone late for a safety in Mississippi State's 26-22 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday night. Rogers was sacked twice, and the Bulldogs had two false start penalties that backed them up before Nolan Mccord's 49-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with about eight minutes to go.

The Aggies cut the lead to two on a 44-yard field goal by Seth Small about two minutes later. Texas A&M (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) forced a punt to get a chance to take the lead. But Calzada, a backup in his third start, was taken down by Pickering on third down for the safety to extend the lead to 26-22 with about two minutes to go, and the Bulldogs ran out the clock to secure the victory. Makai Polk had 13 receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns to help Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1) snap a two-game skid. It's the second straight loss for the Aggies after they won their previous 11 games and is a huge blow to a team that entered the season with national championship hopes. - Mississippi State/AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  SEPT 13 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Charles Cross, Mississippi State,...Cross played 65 offensive snaps, including 51 in pass protection at left tackle...Led MSU's offensive line with a 73.6 overall grade from PFF. His 88.8 pass-blocking grade also led the team and ranked third in the SEC on the week...He did not allow a single pressure in the Bulldogs' win over Power 5 opponent NC State. - SEC Football

(DS#2 OT) rSo/2022 OT *Charles CrossMississippi State
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