Michael Wardlaw

I'm a golf professional turned sports writer who happens to be a sports nut. Oh, I'm also the MSU Beat Reporter for the Starkville Daily News.
Michael Wardlaw has written 234 posts for The SDN's Bulldog Blog

Bulldogs to fix mistakes

The Mississippi State Bulldogs collectively took a sigh of relief over the weekend after escaping Troy, Ala., with a 30-24 football win on Saturday. On Sunday, the Bulldogs found out they were ranked 23rd nationally and they look to make corrections to the flaws which were exposed against the Troy Trojans. “It feels pretty good … Continue reading

Teaching moments

Mississippi State took the football field against the Trojans of Troy, Ala. and when the game was over, the Bulldogs left the field with a six-point win and a game film that would provide the teachable lessons coach Dan Mullen was looking for. “Leaving that game, I’m very pleased,” Mullen said during his Sunday teleconference. … Continue reading

Smith healthy, helping MSU on the o-line

If there is a picture of the walking wounded at Mississippi State, Tobias Smith could certainly make a case for it. The Bulldog senior offensive guard has battle injury time and time again only to return to the field and lead his team. He’s dealt with an injury to his right ankle, a year later … Continue reading

Amateur coach alleges recruiting violations

An amateur football coach accused a former Mississippi State University booster of several NCAA violations involving freshman Will Redmond’s recruitment Wednesday. Byron De’Vinner, a Nashville-based amateur 7-on-7 football coach, accused former MSU booster Robert Denton Herring of providing Redmond with cash and apparel in addition to providing meals and accommodations for De’Vinner. De’Vinner made statements … Continue reading

How they stack up: Offensive line

Offensive Line Edge Even The Bulldogs gained valuable experience in week one with Justin Malone playing the vast majority of the game replacing Tobias Smith after the first series of the game. However this will be the first true test for the Bulldogs and they’ll be facing one of the better defensive fronts in the … Continue reading

How they stack up: Receivers

Receivers Edge MSU As will be the case most weeks I give MSU the edge at receiver. With four veteran receivers and a sixth-year senior in Marcus Green at tight end the Bulldogs will be difficult to handle. MSU quarterbacks were very judicious in sharing the football on week one with Arceto Clark leading the … Continue reading

How they stack up: Running Back

Running Back Edge: Auburn Mississippi State proved on Saturday they can use four tailbacks and still have an impact on the group. The versatility displayed by the quartet of LaDarius Perkins, Derrick Milton, Nick Griffin, and Josh Robinson gives the Auburn defense a lot to prepare for. And while Perkins is a known quantity for … Continue reading

How they stack up: Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks Edge: MSU Tyler Russell opened the 2012 season with a brilliant performance in week one with State’s 56-9 victory over Jackson State. In his first game as leader of the MSU offense Russell quickly found Chad Bumphis on the backline of the end zone to give State the early lead and never looked back. … Continue reading

Putting things in gear: Past month’s work for MSU leads to a win

Teams work tirelessly to get ready for the season opener of the college football season, not knowing if they are truly prepared. On Saturday night, the Bulldogs saw the efforts of the past eight months culminate with a 56-9 victory over the visiting Jackson State Tigers. Mississippi State simply dominated the game in virtually every … Continue reading

Bulldog receivers are talented, experienced

Much has been written about Mississippi State junior quarterback Tyler Russell and the opportunity before him this weekend. It will be his chance to put his stamp on the program, but in order for the talented young signal caller to have success, he’ll need the Bulldog receivers to handle their end of the bargin. Make … Continue reading

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