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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal GULFPORT – Pat Byrd appreciates a running back who takes care of the football and stays healthy. Diamante Pounds, Byrd’s powerful 6-foot, 215-pound tailback at Saltillo High School, accomplished both during his career. “The No. 1 thing about him is he doesn’t turn the ball over,” Byrd said. “He’s had […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Jay Johnson’s master plan is to be 100 percent healthy for Saturday’s 66th Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound wide receiver from Bruce suffered a high ankle sprain early in the season, one that limited his big-play abilitiy. “He was injured early and everybody was keying on him,” […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Nathan Cox is a throwback, a “bust-you-in-your-mouth” football player. Tupelo’s senior center, who is scheduled to play in Saturday’s 66th Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic in Gulfport, takes no prisoners when he steps on a field. “I’m aggressive,” he said. “I think I move my feet well and use my […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Jarvis Wilson will sign a football national letter of intent Feb. 4 – the official national signing day – with Georgia. Monday morning, the Tupelo High School standout defensive back held a mock signing ceremony at school to officially proclaim his intentions to become a Bulldog. “We thought […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Olive Branch linebacker T.J. Jallow left Saturday afternoon from Cramton Bowl convinced he had caught the ball. “I had it in my hands, guys!” an upset Jallow cried to anyone who would listen. It didn’t matter on the scoreboard. The official ruled Hoover’s Justin Johnson was in […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Raphael Leonard has one recruiting visit planned – to Florida Atlantic. Starkville’s 6-foot-3 wide receiver, Mississippi’s Most Valuable Player in Saturday’s 28th Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Football Game, said he hopes his play – five catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns – earns him a few more trips […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Justin Clifton is on a mission today. The Tupelo outside linebacker wants to help end his state’s misery in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Football Game. Alabama has won six straight and leads the series 20-7 since it began in 1988. “I’m looking forward to the competition against Alabama,” […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Starkville’s Jamie Mitchell is honored to be his state’s head coach for Saturday’s 28th Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Football Game, but he wants more. Mitchell plans to leave the field at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., the winning coach. “I don’t take this position lightly. I’m representing my state,” said Mitchell, who […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Jarvis Wilson is glad the recruiting process is finally over. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Tupelo defensive back/ athlete flipped on his commitment to Mississippi State Bulldogs and decided to attend Georgia. He graduated from high school this month and plans to enroll Jan. 2 at UGA. “It got a little crazy […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Justin Clifton wants to play in the SEC. Tupelo’s outside linebacker has his final audition for the elite league this week when he plays in the 28th Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Football Game, scheduled for noon Saturday at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. “I believe I’m an SEC player,” said the 6-foot, […]