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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Mississippi State
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  Williams appeared in all 11 games last season at both receiver and punt returner. He has eight career touchdowns and 628 yards across 64 receptions. Williams played his best game in the team's season-opening win against LSU in 2020, when he finished with a career-high seven receptions. Williams is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and has maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning an undergraduate degree in finance in just three years. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#168 WR) rSr/2022 WR Austin WilliamsMississippi State
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  Mike Leach has secured another commitment from Jamire Calvin - this time as the head coach at Mississippi State. Nearly three months after entering the NCAA transfer portal, the former Washington State wide receiver announced Saturday night he was committing to Mississippi State, where he'll have three years of eligibility remaining. "Sorry for the wait," Calvin posted on Twitter, along with a photoshopped graphic of the receiver wearing a maroon Bulldogs uniform with the No. 6. Leach and his WSU staff won a major recruiting battle with Nebraska to land Calvin's services in 2017 and the Southern California native immediately became a part of the Cougars' receivers rotation, hauling in 75 passes for 797 yards and four touchdowns in his first two seasons playing in the Air Raid offense.

Multiple offseason injuries sidelined Calvin for the entirety of the 2019 season, and Leach left the Cougars to accept the job at Mississippi State in January 2020, bringing most of his offensive assistants, including inside receivers coach Dave Nichol - another essential member of Calvin's recruitment to WSU. Calvin, a former four-star prospect, earned a starting role with new Cougars coach Nick Rolovich, but as an outside Z-receiver as opposed to the Y-slot position he played under Leach. Still, Calvin was able to have some success in Rolovich's run-and-shoot, catching 17 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown during the four-game 2020 season. - Spokesman-Review


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jamire CalvinMississippi State
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  Mississippi State brought in an experienced pass-catcher in Makai Polk. The Bulldogs also brought in an experienced pass-defender in Jalen Green. The former Texas safety played in 35 games for the Longhorns. He logged one interception and seven passes defended. Green has teamed back up with MSU safeties coach Jason Washington, who coached at Texas from 2017-19. Mississippi State's play in the secondary was hit or miss last year. Green could act as a stabilizing force for the position group as it looks to better defend the deep ball. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#999 CB) Sr/2022 CB Jalen GreenMississippi State
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  Jo'quavious Marks doesn't mind sharing a backfield. The Mississippi State sophomore running back knows he'll be splitting time with fellow sophomore Dillon Johnson for the Bulldogs in 2021. Neither rusher would have it any other way. "He's going to tote the rock, I'm going to tote the rock, we're going to be proud of each other, and we're going to score touchdowns," Marks told reporters Thursday. Johnson called the pair of backs "lightning and thunder" - Johnson a power back who often proves elusive, Marks a speedy rusher with significant burst. "I think we complement each other just great," Johnson said.

Though Marks received more touches in the running and passing games in 2020, the two backs posted remarkably similar per-touch numbers. Marks averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 4.5 yards per reception; Johnson was just below at 4.4 yards per carry and 4.4 yards per catch. And now, Johnson said, both sophomore backs have made a big offseason leap after their true freshman seasons. "I feel like we both made a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2," he said. "I think it's because we've been in the system for a year, so I feel like both of us are comfortable. We feed off each other and we just love competing, so I think that's what it is." - The Dispatch


(DS#18 RB) So/2024 RB JoQuavious MarksMississippi State
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  At this time last year, Will Rogers was at home during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic wondering when he'd finally be able to practice with newly hired Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach. Fast forward to the present and Rogers has played in five games under Leach, five of which he started. As a freshman, Rogers wasn't able to begin his journey last year around this time, but this year, he's taking it all in leading up to the maroon and white spring game on April 17, which is ultra important in the rising sophomore quarterback's growth. "The biggest thing I want him to do is do a great job of commanding the unit and elevating and moving the offense," Leach said. "I think he does a great job of that." And the things Leach wants Rogers to improve on? "I'd like to further polish and more efficiently run the plays that he's already relatively good at," Leach said. "Any plays he's not so quick at reacting to, I want to speed that up. Overall, I'd like to see the ball come off his hand a little quicker as far as when he sorts what he sees and puts it on him." Rogers is the only quarterback going through spring practices who has played in a game for Mississippi State. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#26 QB) So/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  03/26/21 - Kylin HillSr/2021, Mississippi State, 5-11, 214 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Kylin Hill popped up on the Zoom call before anyone else. He had a smile on his face. A clear yearning to answer any questions to come his way. A determination to make his Mississippi State Pro Day experience as fulfilling as possible. It was clearly a different Hill than the one who only played in just two games, plus one series in a third, before opting out of his senior season last fall. Hill admitted as much. "The whole experience of being away, I feel like I've matured way more," Hill said. "I'm a better person all around." Hill said he checked all the boxes scouts and coaches came for. There's no doubt the running back from Columbus has the physical tools to contribute on an NFL roster. He's got enough of a body of work to prove it, too. Hill led the SEC in rushing yards with 1,350 as a junior in 2019. At 5-foot-11, 215 pounds he has enough muscle on his frame to fight off NFL defenders. He believes so, anyway. Nevertheless, Hill has countless clips of him throwing SEC defenders to the ground with ease to back himself up. "That's just how I've been playing all my life," Hill said. "What I put into my game and how I step onto the field I just feel like whenever I run the ball nobody can stop me." - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#11 RB) Sr/2021 RB Kylin HillMississippi State
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  Mississippi State has a quarterback competition on its hands. Speaking with reporters Thursday after the Bulldogs opened spring practices, head coach Mike Leach noticeably mentioned that incumbent starter Will Rogers will have to "earn" his job over a plethora of signal-callers, including Southern Miss transfer Jack Abraham. "He's one of those guys that's a self-starter when he works and you trip over him in the film room all the time," Leach said of Rogers. "So I mean, that's a good quality. He's got to win his job, too. That's what spring is all about. All the jobs are open, and then they find it out." While no frontrunner has been named, it's presumed Rogers heads into camp with the edge given the final two months of the 2020 season he had. - The Dispatch

(DS#26 QB) So/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  Washington State went to extreme lengths to convince Jamire Calvin to begin his college football career in Pullman, but it appears the former four-star receiver will finish it elsewhere. Calvin, one of the highest-rated recruits to sign at Washington State and someone who was projected to reclaim his starting position in the fall, announced Friday night he'll be entering the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Although his career in Pullman was shortened by injuries, Calvin took advantage of his time in the Air Raid and run-and-shoot offenses, catching 92 passes for 980 yards and five touchdowns. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jamire CalvinMississippi 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) rSo/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) Sr/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#41 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#39 OG) rSr/2021 OG Dareuan ParkerMississippi State
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  01/16/21 - Brandon RuizrSr/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) rSr/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) Sr/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) rSo/2024 WR Kyziah PruittMississippi State
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