Tag:Mississippi State Bulldogs
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:44 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Miss. State's Cox, Rutgers' Sanu leaving for NFL

Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu announced they will declare for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Cox is the No. 3-ranked defensive tackle prospect eligible for the 2012 draft and the No. 16-ranked overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. He is also No. 22 on Rob Rang's Big Board.

"God works in many ways," Cox told the New York Times. "He answered my prayer and I knew deep down in my heart it was time for me to go."

The 6-4, 295-pound first-team All-SEC pick is a third-year junior who racked up 5.0 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2011. He has experience playing inside and outside for the Bulldogs, and possesses excellent size, strength and athleticism to be a fit in any NFL scheme.

Cox is considered anywhere from a mid-first to early-second round pick, and currently is projected at No. 28 in Rang's Mock Draft and No. 32 by Dane Brugler.

Sanu is the No. 4-ranked wide receiver and No. 29-ranked overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, and No. 26 on Rang's Big Board. He set Big East and school records with 115 receptions in 2011.

"It was a tough decision, because I was definitely thinking about coming back," Sanu said during a press conference. "I'm going to miss the family, the cohesiveness of being around my teammates every day.

"I'm emotionally attached to this team. ... We have such a tight bond, and I love all these guys."

The 6-2, 215-pound junior owns the school career record with 210 receptions (210) and his 2,263 receiving yards are fourth in school history.

"I think he's going to be a great pro athlete," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano told The Star-Ledger. "He's been a great person and a great representative of Rutgers.

"As great an athlete he is, he's an even better person."

Sanu is 30th is Rang's current Mock Draft, and postseason workouts will be critical in determining whether he makes it into the first round.

While Sanu has great size and hands, some NFL scouts question his deep speed and ability to create separation from defensive backs at the next level. Sanu is also experienced with the ball in his hands, rushing for 653 yards and nine touchdowns during his career as he ran the Wildcat during his first two seasons, which contributes to his ability to break tackles and generate yards after the catch.


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Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Not just Saints/Viks...Big SEC showdown tonight.

The majority of football fans will no doubt be glued to tonight's NFL opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings, but for those of you more interested in college football or scouting for the NFL, there are two college football games on tonight, as well.

Central Michigan at Temple (7 pm EST on ESPNU) is an interesting cross-conference matchup, but the one I'll definitely be focusing on is the SEC showdown between Auburn and Mississippi State. 

The Tigers and Bulldogs are two of the chique picks to surprise some people this year in the SEC and it isn't difficult to understand why. 

For one, Auburn and Mississippi State won by a combined margin of 101-33 over Arkansas State and Memphis, respectively, last weekend. 

More importantly, both rosters are (perhaps surprisingly) full of NFL prospects. 

Auburn is historically one of the SEC's top producers of NFL talent, but some might be surprised to learn the Mississippi State actually boasts the more intriguing lineup -- at least among seniors. 

Here are the prospects I'll be focusing on in this game: 

OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State: Might be the best pass-blocking left tackle in the SEC and that is saying something, as the conference is loaded with talented senior offensive linemen. I rated Sherrod as the 4th best senior prospect in the SEC conference, regardless of position entering the year. He could be the first Bulldog drafted in the first round since 1994.

DE Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State: If Sherrod doesn't make the first round, McPhee might. The highly touted JUCO prospect burst onto the scene last year with 56 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 5 sacks, earning himself All-SEC honors from the conference coaches. McPhee posted a combined 33 sacks over his two seasons at Itawamba JC (Miss)...

OLB K.J. Wright, Mississippi State: An unsung playmaker on this defense, Wright has been one of the more consistent defenders in the SEC over the past two seasons, averaging 77 tackles and 7 tackles for loss each year. He was recognized this summer with preseason All-SEC honors from the league coaches, but he isn't getting the national attention he deserves... yet.

RB Mario Fannin, Auburn: I've lised Fannin in the past as a player I feel can enjoy a breakout senior campaign this year. Former Auburn star Ben Tate certainly catapulted up NFL boards with a fantastic senior season and I see the same thing as possible for the versatile and athletic Fannin. He's shown flashes throughout his career, but struggles with fumbles early and injuries late have hampered his progress. At 5-11, 227 pounds he might be the nation's best pass-receiver among the running backs, as his 4 receptions for 65 yards and 2 TDs in the opener against Arkansas State helped prove. He is already Auburn's career leader in receptions for a running back.  

OT Lee Ziemba, Auburn: Admittedly, I'm not as high on Ziemba (pronounced Zim-bah) as others may be, but there is no denying his production. Having started 39 games already over his career, Ziemba has earned all-conference recognition from coaches after each of his first three seasons. He's the Tigers' starting left tackle, but might be best served moving back to the right side (where he played as a freshman) or perhaps even moving inside to guard (where he's never played) in the NFL.



Posted on: October 25, 2009 2:47 pm
 

Tebow Lost the Heisman Last Night

For those waking up Sunday morning and reviewing the night's headlines, Florida's 29-19 victory over Mississippi State looks rather ho-hum -- especially considering the last second miracles that kept Alabama and Iowa undefeated.

The story for the Gators this week, however, wasn't the final score, but how the Bulldogs kept the game close -- by pressuring Tim Tebow into the worst day of his career.

Tebow completed only 12 of 22 passes for 127 yards and zero touchdowns. He threw two interceptions -- each poor decisions -- that were returned for touchdowns.

Assuming a fair percentage of Heisman voters were watching (and I have minimal confidence they were), Tebow should have lost the Heisman Trophy tonight.

He wasn't helped by a substantial inactive list for the Gators or by uncharacteristically questionable play-calls by Urban Meyer and the Gators' coaching staff. However, in a season in which Tebow hasn't yet been able to answer scouts' questions about his ability to acclimate to a more pro-style offense, Tebow wasn't successful in the offense taylored to his unique skill-set.

In the race for the Heisman, my vote remains with the best player I've seen all year long: Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh.  
 
 
 
 
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