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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) Jr/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) Jr/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#36 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) rJr/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) So/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  2020 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): WR Jaden Walley, Mississippi State,...Walley broke Mardye McDole's 43-year-old MSU freshman record for receiving yards in a season with 691 yards. That mark ranks second among all freshmen nationally and ninth overall in the SEC. He ended the regular season with four consecutive 100-yard receiving performances, becoming the first true freshman in program history to achieve the feat. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#24 WR) So/2024 WR Jaden WalleyMississippi State
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  2020 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): DB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State,...Starting eight games at cornerback for MSU, Forbes made a name for himself as a playmaker in the MSU secondary. He ranks tied for fifth in the FBS and tied for first in the SEC in interceptions this year with four, including two returned for touchdowns. The four interceptions are tied for the most nationally by a true freshman. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#9 CB) So/2024 CB Emmanuel ForbesMississippi State
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  2020 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): OL Charles Cross, Mississippi State,...Cross held down the starting position at left tackle during nine games this year. In his first career start, he was a part of an offensive line that protected K.J. Costello as he passed for an SEC and MSU record 623 yards and five touchdowns. The Laurel, Mississippi, native helped the State offense record four 400-yard performances. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#1 OT) rSo/2024 OT Charles CrossMississippi State
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  Mississippi State added some much needed experience to its 2021 quarterback room Friday night when former Southern Mississippi signal caller Jack Abraham announced his commitment to MSU via a graphic on Twitter. Abraham, who previously played at Oxford High School, Northwest Community College and Louisiana Tech, appeared in 27 games during parts of three seasons in Hattiesburg. Over that span, the former Golden Eagle completed 595 of 859 passes for 7,067 yards and 41 touchdowns to 29 interceptions.

Abraham's best statistical season at Southern Miss came as a junior when he appeared in all 13 games and threw for a shade under 3,500 yards, while completing 67.9 percent of his throws. The former Oxford quarterback also led the nation in completion percentage during the 2018 season at 73.1 percent - nearly three percent better than second place and former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew. - The Dispatch

(DS#42 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jack AbrahamMississippi State
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  Will Rogers threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 51-32 victory over Missouri on Saturday. After weeks of floundering offensively, Mississippi State (3-7, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) finally got many of their young weapons working in tandem. The Bulldogs racked up 446 yards of total offense in the game, including a season-high 151 yards on the ground. Their previous high was 87 yards in a loss to Arkansas in the second game of the year.

Missouri (5-5, 5-5) logged 342 yards of total offense, but many of them after the outcome of the game was already decided, and they turned the ball over four times. This is the second-straight .500 finish for the Tigers. Mississippi State led 27-10 at the half and Jo'quavious Marks punched in another score on the opening drive of the third quarter. Marks had 12 rushes for 70 yards. Jaden Walley led all receivers with five catches for 129 yards. Rogers was 21 of 36 and had one interception. For the Tigers, Conner Bazelak was 22 of 38 for 225 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Larry Rountree led all rushers with 121 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football


(DS#26 QB) So/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  Mississippi State went to the transfer portal for another quarterback. This one doesn't have far to move. Former Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham announced via Twitter Friday night he will suit up for Mike Leach at Mississippi State next season. Abraham, an Oxford High School product, played in five games this season as he battled a hamstring injury. He completed 97-of-49 passes (65.1%) for 1,224 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. As a junior in 2019, Abraham completed 275-of-405 passes (67.9%) with 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Abraham has 7,067 yards with 41 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in his career. - Jackson Clarion Ledger

(DS#42 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jack AbrahamMississippi State
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  Former West Point product and Mississippi State safety Marcus Murphy is heading to the NFL. Murphy, who previously opted out of the season on Nov. 12, announced his decision to forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft Friday afternoon in a lengthy Twitter post. A former three-star recruit in the class of 2018, the former West Point quarterback switched from under center to the secondary upon his arrival in Starkville. In 16 career games, Murphy totaled 67 tackles and two interceptions - one of which he returned for a touchdown. Earlier this year, he discussed the possibility of opting out of the season over COVID-19 concerns due to his son Mason, who is battling a rare genetic abnormality. - The Commercial Dispatch

(DS#19 SS) Jr/2021 SS *Marcus MurphyMississippi State
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  South Alabama quarterback Chance Lovertich has entered the NCAA transfer portal, AL.com has learned. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Lovertich played in six games and started one for the Jaguars in 2020. Working mostly as USA's No. 2 quarterback behind starter Desmond Trotter, the junior-college transfer completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 619 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions. Lovertich left the South Alabama team in mid-November, with three games remaining in the season. Trotter was backed up by redshirt freshman Tanner McGee and true freshman Eli Gainey the rest of the way. - AL.com

(DS#999 QB) Sr/2022 QB Chance LovertichMississippi State
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