On the Links: Gator Bowl Prep and Crootin’

Today is MSU’s final day of practice before everyone heads home for Christmas. As you can read in today’s notebook, the game plan is in, and Northwestern brings many challenges to the table. The No. 21 Wildcats (9-3) will face MSU in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 (11 a.m., ESPN2).

Coach Dan Mullen‘s take on Northwestern:

“They’re a team that probably should have won the Big Ten and (be) playing in the Rose Bowl, won their conference championship. You know, a couple of plays here and some weird mishaps in games and they would have been in the Rose Bowl. So, very talented in every phase of the game. They’ve got an explosive offense, one of the top rushing offenses in the country, running a very high tempo. Some stout, physical offensive linemen, some fast, play-making receivers and a quarterback and a running back that can score every time they touch the ball.”

While we won’t talk to the Bulldogs again until next week in Jacksonville, I’ve got plenty of good stories lined up for the weekend. For example, you’ll get to read about the young cornerbacks, receiver Arceto Clark and punter Baker Swedenburg.

State signed two kids yesterday on the first day fo the juco signing period. Question now is, what’s Lavon Hooks gonna do? The defensive tackle from Northeast Mississippi CC still hasn’t made up his mind; perhaps a decision will come today, but don’t hold your breath.

• This is a couple days old, but Northwestern is having fun while prepping for the Gator Bowl.

• Programming note: I’ll be out of pocket for much of today due to our oldest child having knee surgery.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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  • Neil Street

    Best of luck with the surgery, Locke. Keep up the good work.

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