Blog – Football notebook: Records, All-Americans, early enrollees












Mississippi State football has seen record sales in season tickets since Dan Mullen took over the program in 2009.

MSU hit a new high on Friday.

The MSU athletic department announced that it has set a new record for season ticket sales with 44,230 being sold to date. That beats the old mark of 44,212 in 2012.

Davis Wade Stadium has been in the process of being renovated to horseshoe the north end zone. It will increase the capacity to 61,337.

“It is an exciting time for our football program and Bulldog fans,” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a school release. “There is a lot of anticipation as we draw closer to the grand opening of the Davis Wade Stadium expansion. Fans still have an opportunity to purchase season tickets and help create the special environment we have here on gameday.”

There are still season tickets to be bought by Bulldog fans. They can purchase season tickets for as low as $210 by visiting or by calling the MSU ticket office at 1-888-GO-DAWGS.

Season ticket holders have the opportunity to purchase Gridiron memberships. The Gridiron is a new premium area that transforms the north end zone into a personal lounge. Opening two hours before kickoff and available until the final whistle sounds, the Gridiron provides an exhilarating fan experience at field level. The Gridiron comes serviced with drinks, food, locker service and high definition televisions.
Gridiron memberships are $750. For renderings and more information on the Gridiron, visit this link. To purchase Gridiron memberships, or to obtain additional information regarding the expansion of Davis Wade Stadium, visit, call the Bulldog Club at 662-325-3074 or email the Bulldog Club at

The Bulldogs open the 2014 season against Southern Mississippi on August 30 at Davis Wade Stadium.

McKinney makes All-American team

MSU junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney was selected to Phil Steele’s preseason All-American Fourth Team.

The teams were released Friday morning on

McKinney was the only Bulldog to be selected as an All-American by Steele.

The Tunica native led the Bulldogs with 71 tackles as a sophomore. He had seven tackles for loss for 44 yards and 3 1/2 sacks for 36 yards. He also had four quarterback hurries and recovered two fumbles.

McKinney also made Steele’s preseason All-Southeastern Conference Second Team, while senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis was selected as first team All-SEC member.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was selected to the All-SEC Fourth Team.

14 early enrollees

MSU released its list of freshmen who have already enrolled for summer classes at the university.

The list includes 14 freshmen who signed with the Bulldogs in February.

Safety Brandon Bryant (Rosa Fort), offensive lineman Deion Calhoun (Pleasant Grove, Ala.), kicker/punter Logan Cooke (Columbia Academy), safety J.T. Gray (Clarksdale), linebacker Gerri Green (Greenville-Weston), defensive tackle Grant Harris (Clinton), defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett (Pelham, Ala.), wide receiver Jesse Jackson (Petal), offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins (Clarksdale), running back Dontavian Lee (Forrest County AHS), cornerback Chris Rayford (Byhalia), quarterback Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga.), defensive tackle Cory Thomas (Bessemer, Ala.) and running back Aeris Williams (West Point) are all taking classes at MSU this summer.

The Bulldogs saw junior college offensive lineman Jocquell Johnson and Nick Fitzgerald, who graduated early from high school, enroll in the January and they went through spring practice. Fitzgerald also participated in bowl practice in December.


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