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United in Starkville: MSU defensive staff has grown together

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Just a few short months ago, Peter Sirmon, Terrell Buckley, Maurice Linguist and Brian Baker were scattered around the country. Sirmon was on the West Coast, coaching linebackers at Southern Cal. Buckley was guiding the cornerbacks at Louisville. Linguist was the defensive passing game coordinator at Iowa State and Baker was…

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With Staley gone, QB battle continues at MSU

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com With less than three weeks to go before Mississippi State opens its season, head coach Dan Mullen is one step closer to finding his starting quarterback. Since Elijah Staley announced his plans to transfer on Friday, only Damian Williams, Nick Fitzgerald and Nick Tiano remain to vie for the job. So…

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MSU QB competition down to three as Staley transfers

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com The four-man race to become Mississippi State’s starting quarterback became clearer on Friday as sophomore signal caller Elijah Staley announced he is transferring. Staley had been in the midst of a preseason quarterback competition along with junior Damian Williams, fellow sophomore Nick Fitzgerald and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano. “After much thought,…

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Former MSU running back Robinson cited for trespassing

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Former Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson was issued a citation for trespassing on campus Tuesday night and set off a social media firestorm in the process. According to university police, MSU track and field coordinator Daniel Schmidt saw a running vehicle on the track and called the situation in. Police…

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Gray has come a long way in a year’s time

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Donald Gray can look back now and laugh. Last year at this time, Gray was a wide-eyed newcomer at Mississippi State. Following a standout season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in 2014, Gray came to his first training camp as a Bulldog in 2015 and was overwhelmed. Between meetings, practices and workouts,…

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Small-framed Holloway carries big-time bite

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Away from the football field, it’d be easy to overlook 5-foot-8, 165-pound Brandon Holloway. Only Mississippi State kicker Westin Graves at 163 pounds weighs less than Holloway on MSU’s training camp roster. No State player is documented as being shorter. Opponents can disregard Holloway at their own risk though. This small…

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Baker enjoying being back in college coaching

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com A lot has changed since Brian Baker last coached college football over two decades ago. When the man now guiding the Mississippi State defensive line last had his toes in the sand of the college game, Bill Clinton was still in his first term as president, dial-up internet was the best…