To honor Dan Mullen’s 4-1 record in Egg Bowls (and his 2-20 record against top 25 opponents), I am going to make as many references towards our favorite unhatched chicken treat as possible in this preview. Omelet our other writers take a shot at being serious, but I doubt they will be. Sorry in advance, you cowbell-toting Bulldogs. Hope I don’t end up with egg on my face for mailing it in.
Despite an eggcellent record against evenly-matched opponents, Mississippi State has consistently gotten fried by the West division’s powerhouses. A 1-14 record against Alabama, Auburn, and LSU in Mullen’s 5 seasons looks even worse since records don’t indicate Auburn fielded an SEC football team in 2012. Want evidence on how much over easy the East has been than the West? Look no further than Mullen’s 9-4 record against the East (putting him at 7-24 vs. the West). In a rare occurrence of correlation = causation, MSU’s annual East rival is Kentucky. Mullen has not coddled the Wildcats.
If ever there was a year for the Bulldogs to break their 7-8 win plateau, this could be the year. They’re not foo yung anywhere as there are only four underclassmen listed in their starting 22. Looking at the schedule, one is hard boiled not to be kinda optimistic (relative term to previous performance) about their chances against a young LSU team early in the season, or in October home games against Texas A&M and Auburn salad sandwiched between two bye weeks.
Their long-term prospects are bleak, as the Hugh Freeze recruiting machine has poached the high-quality talent that stays in Mississippi the last two years.
Five players to watch:
1) Benedictardrick McKinney, LB: He had over 100 tackles as a freshman and dropped to 71 last year, but the dude is a 6’5 middle linebacker.
2) Dak Prescott, QB: With Tyler Russell gone, the quarterback situation becomes less pickled. Prescott led the team in rushing last year, but his passing numbers (58% completions, 10 TD, 7 INT) have to improve.
3) Jamerson Love, CB: While the secondary returns three starters from last year, they were often scrambled in SEC play last year.
4) Jameon Lewis, WR: Led an otherwise balanced attack of pass catchers with 64 catches (and zero egg drops), 923 yards, and 5 TD last year.
5) Ran out of notable Mississippi State players and egg puns at about the same time, I think.
Random Betting Tidbit:
They’ve failed to cover against LSU in each of the past four years. But they have covered against their last three FCS opponents, so if you can find a sportsbook to take a bet on the UT-Martin game, make a deal with the deviled.
There are fifteen egg puns in the body of my preview. Comment (below) or tweet (@Chad_Floyd) all 15 to me and I will mail you a DudeYouCrazy bumper sticker.
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Towers and I are on the same page on a lot of this.
1. Bellamy, who has no prior incidents of misbehavior, has handled this about as well as anyone could expect. If he lives up to the remorselessness he displayed on Twitter, this will be behind him by mid-season.
2. The pressure is on Lorenzo Carter. Keyon Brown could also be a factor, but the smaller DE recruit will face a steeper learning curve than Carter.
3. I’m interested to see what Reggie Carter can do in games. He’s beasted out at practice (when healthy), but I’ve pictured him roaming the middle of the field as a ligther, better covering version of Amarlo Herrera. I’ve not thought of him chasing QBs from the outside, but that doesn’t mean he’s not capable.
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MONDAY MORNING REWIND
1. It’s not going to lessen any of the negative publicity being directed at the Georgia football program at the moment, but redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy has handled his recent arrest for DUI about as well as anyone could ask for.
Not long after bonding out of Athens-Clarke County Jail following his early Saturday morning arrest, Bellamy sent out a message on his Twitter account apologizing to his teammates, coaches and fans for his poor judgment and asking for a chance to earn back their trust. Nineteen-year-olds make mistakes all the time, but it seems rare when they own up to them and sincerely ask for forgiveness. So kudos to Bellamy for that.
In the meantime, there is the punitive effect on Bellamy and the football team. According to UGA’s codes of conduct, DUI arrests usually result in a two-game suspension for football players. That means Bellamy…
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Torrin Lawrence, a seven-time All-American at the University of Georgia, was killed in an auto accident early this morning according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Lawrence was a stud from the moment he stepped on campus in 2009. A few noteworthy accomplishments:
- Named SEC Male Freshman Runner of the Year during 2009 indoor track season.
- Ran everything from 100mm-400mm distance during outdoor track.
- He ran the world’s three fasted indoor 400mm times in 2010.
- In 2010 he set the NCAA record for indoor 300mm time.
- Ran the NCAA’s second-fastest 400mm indoor final as a sophomore in 2010 en route to a national championship in the event.
- Was the runner up in the 400mm at the 2011 indoor national championships.
- Added the 60mm sprint to his repertoire in 2012.
Thoughts and prayers are with Torrin’s family. He was a damn good dawg.
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I wrote on these topics at length over at Bleacher Report, but here are the questions that need to be answered at camp.
- What can Pruitt’s defense actually do? We all know what we want Pruitt to do, but what can he actually get out of this unit in 2014. Who’s playing? Where are they lining up? Those questions will be answered along the way. But let’s stop talking and start seeing.
- How healthy are Marshall, Mitchell and Scott-Wesley? We know they’re going to be back. But will they be baaaack?
- Is Lorenzo Carter ready? He better be. Especially with the pending suspension of Davin Bellamy.
- How soon can both units be ready? A slow start means 0-2 with Clemson and South Carolina on the slate.
That’s all I got/