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  • THE DISPATCH www.cdispatch.com2 SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2010 COLLEGE FOOTBALL


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    2010 SCHEDULE

    Sept. 4 MEMPHISSept. 9 AUBURNSept. 18 At LSUSept. 25 GEORGIAOct. 2 ALCORN STATEOct. 9 At HoustonOct. 16 At FloridaOct. 23 UABOct. 30 KENTUCKYNov. 13 At AlabamaNov. 20 ARKANSASNov. 27 At Ole Miss


    Mississippi State footballcoach Dan Mullen isshown last season afterhis team defeated theUniversity of Mississippito win the Egg BowlTrophy. To Mullens right,Ole Miss coach HoustonNutt and to Mullens left,University of Alabamacoach Nick Saban. Photoc r e d i t s : M S U s p o r t s information, Ole Misssports information, KentGidley, University ofAlabama.

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    Editor andPublisher

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    SportsAdam MinichinoHenry Matuszak

    David MillerJames Bailey

    (correspondent)Cover DesignJackie Taylor

    PhotographersLuisa PorterKelly Tippett

    Graphic ArtistsJackie Taylor

    Holona Yarber



    SCORING 307 321 Points Per Game 25.6 26.8

    FIRST DOWNS 229 219 Rushing 140 98 Passing 78 108 Penalty 11 13

    RUSHING YARDAGE 2731 1752 Yards gained rushing 3072 2054 Yards lost rushing 341 302 Rushing Attempts 555 442 Average Per Rush 4.9 4.0 Average Per Game 227.6 146.0 TDs Rushing 21 18

    PASSING YARDAGE 1732 2640 Comp-Att-Int 153-266-17 187-332-17 Average Per Pass 6.5 8.0 Average Per Catch 11.3 14.1 Average Per Game 144.3 220.0 TDs Passing 9 18

    TOTAL OFFENSE 4463 4392 Total Plays 821 774 Average Per Play 5.4 5.7 Average Per Game 371.9 366.0

    KICK RETURNSNo.-Yds 61-1514 57-1253 PUNT RETURNSNo. -Yds 15-151 13-173 INT RETURNSNo.-Yds 17-417 17-147 KICK RETURN AVE 24.8 22.0 PUNT RETURN AVE 10.1 13.3 INT RETURN AVE 24.5 8.6 FUMBLES-LOST 23-13 22-8 PENALTIES-Yds 67-590 67-517

    Average Per Game 49.2 43.1 PUNTS-Yards 51-1986 60-2372

    Average Per Punt 38.9 39.5 Net punt average 34.0 35.0

    TIME OF POSS/Game 31:46 28:13 3RD-DOWN Conversions 53/159 56/154

    3rd-Down Pct 33% 36% 4TH-DOWN Conversions 14/25 9/18

    4th-Down Pct 56% 50% SACKS BY-Yards 18-88 20-130 MISC YARDS 13 0 TDS SCORED 37 41 FGs-ATTEMPTS 16-21 12-16 ON-SIDE KICKS 0-2 0-1 RED-ZONE SCORES 33-44 32-39 RED-ZONE TDs 21-44 22-39 PAT-ATTEMPTS 35-35 39-41ATTENDANCE 376,544 264,578

    Gms/Avg PGm 7/53792 5/52916 Neutral Site Games 0/0

    2009 Team Statistics

    2009 RESULTS

    Sept. 5 JACKSON ST W 45-7Sept. 12 At Auburn L 49-24Sept. 19 At Vanderbilt W 15-3Sept. 26 LSU L 30-26Oct. 3 GA TECH L 42-31Oct. 10 HOUSTON L 31-24Oct. 17 At MTSU W 27-6Oct. 24 FLORIDA L 29-19Oct. 31 At Kentucky W 31-24Nov. 14 ALABAMA L 31-3Nov. 21 At Arkansas L 42-21Nov. 28 OLE MISS W 41-27


    Head CoachDan Mullen

    Assistant Coachesn Manny DiazDefensive Coordinator/Linebackersn John HevesyOffensive Line / Running Game Coordinatorn Mark HudspethWide Receivers / Passing Game Coordinatorn Tony HughesSafeties / Recruiting Coordinatorn Greg KnoxRunning Backsn Les KoenningOffensive Coordinator / Quarterbacksn Scott SallachTight Endsn Melvin SmithCornerbacks/Nickelbacksn Chris WilsonCo-Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Linen Jon ClarkAssistant AD/Football Operationsn Matt BalisHead Strength Coachn Rockey FelkerDirector of Player Personnel /High School Relationsn Mark OuimetAssistant Recruiting Coordinator

    Coaching Staff

    SHERROD HAS PERFECT BLENDCourtesy of Mississippi State Sports Information

    Mississippi State senior offensive lineman Derek Sherrod will try to help the offense equal the success it had running the football last season. The Bulldogs led the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards per game.


    STARKVILLE MississippiState senior Derek Sherrod mightbe the most unassuming footballplayer you will meet.

    Sure, he stands 6-foot-6 andweighs more than 300 pounds, butaside from appearance you wontfind him leading the pregame hypecircle or jumping and hollering onthe field.

    Sherrod prefers a methodicalapproach to his preparation and howhe plays the game. Hed rather com-bine his natural ability with anuncanny sense of detail and focus toget his job done.

    But dont let the smile and thesmarts fool you, Sherrod is one ofthe Southeastern Conferences topoffensive linemen.

    Sherrod was the key bookend forMSUs punishing ground game that

    led the SEC in yards per game lastseason. But even with the successAnthony Dixon and Chris Relfenjoyed running the ball last seasonand the prep acclaim he achieved,the Caledonia High School graduatewanted to work on becoming a com-plete left tackle.

    Sherrods aim was to continuefundamental work, an aspect MSUoffensive line coach John Hevesymentioned when he was askedabout his offensive linemen.

    (Sherrod) has become more

    technical and fundamental in every-thing he does, Hevesy said. Plus,hes become a more powerful playerinstead of just being a technician.The guy works his butt off.

    By the time a player hits his sen-ior season, he hopes to be at the topof his game and ready to tap everyounce of potential. Sherrod believeshes on schedule with where hethought hed be when he sawreserve duty as a freshman in 07.

    I really do feel like Im at thebest of my ability, Sherrod said.Working out with (strength) coach(Matt) Balis, hes going to get you tomaximize everything you got. I cantsay enough about our summer pro-gram and what we got done in theweight room. I feel stronger, I feelquicker, and the rest of the focusnow is on having a good camp.

    Along with center J.C. Brignone,

    Caledonia High School product mixes technique, strength to be driving force on offensive line(Sherrod) has becomemore technical and fundamental in everythinghe does.

    Mississippi State offensive linecoach John Hevesy

    See SHERROD, 15

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    City Station FrequencyAberdeen WWZQ-AM* 1240Amory WAMY-AM* 1580Batesville WBLE-FM 100.5Biloxi/Gulfport WBUV-FM/WQYZ-FM 104.9/92.5Bude WMJU-FM* 104.3Columbia WCJU-FM* 104.9Corinth WKCU-AM* 1350Ferriday, La. KWTG-FM* 104.7French Camp WFCA-FM* 107.9Greenville WDMS-FM* 100.7Greenwood/Indianola WTCD-FM* 96.9Grenada WOHT-FM* 92.3Hattiesburg WMXI-FM* 98.1Jackson WZNO-FM* 105.9McComb WAKK-FM* 104.9Memphis, Tenn. KQPN-AM* 730Meridian WMOX-AM* 1010Monticello WRQO-FM* 102.1Philadelphia WWSL-FM* 102.3Tupelo WXWX-FM* 96.3Tylertown WTYL-FM* 97.7Vicksburg WVBG-FM* 105.5Waynesboro WABO-AM 990West Point WKBB-FM* 100.9Winona WONA-FM* 95.1Yazoo City WBYP-FM*/WELZ-AM* 107.1/1460

    NOTE: All stations above will carry Mississippi States 2010 football games.The stations denoted with a * also will carry MSU coach DanMullens weekly call-in show, DawgTalk, from 7-8 p.m. Thursdaysbeginning Sept. 2 (exceptions - Sept. 6 and Nov. 22). Fans can callinto the show by dialing 866-998-4893.

    MSU Football Game / DawgTalk Call-in Show Radio Affiliates


    WR 9 Leon Berry 6-0 205 SR

    87 Chris Smith 6-2 210 So

    WR 1 Chad Bumphis 5-10 195 SO

    3 Brandon Heavens 5-10 175 So

    LT 79 Derek Sherrod 6-6 305 SR

    75 Blaine Clausell 6-7 305 Fr

    LG 55 Quentin Saulsberry 6-2 305 JR

    68 Templeton Hardy 6-3 300 So

    C 70 J.C. Brignone 6-1 300 SR

    71 Sam Watts 6-4 305 RFr

    RG 67 Tobias Smith 6-3 305 SO

    74 Mark Melichar 6-5 300 Sr

    RT 62 Addison Lawrence 6-4 300 JR

    76 Phillip Freeman 6-6 305 SR

    TE 32 Marcus Green 6-1 235 JR

    88 Kendrick Cook 6-3 250 JR

    85 Brandon Henderson 6-2 245 SR

    RB 2 Robert Elliott 6-0 215 JR

    -OR- 28 Vick Ballard 5-11 215 JR

    27 LaDarius Perkins 5-10 190 RFR

    8 Montrell Conner 6-2 225 RFR

    FB 35 Patrick Hanrahan 5-11 235 SR

    23 Sylvester Hemphill 5-11 235 SO

    QB 14 Chris Relf 6-4 240 JR

    -OR- 17 Tyler Russell 6-5 225 RFR


    PK 37 Sean Brauchle 5-10 180 SR

    -OR- 40 Derek DePasquale 5-8 180 SR

    P 38 Heath Hutchins 6-1 205 SR

    -OR- 39 Baker Swedenburg 6-0 190 FR


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