Know thy foe: South Alabama

South Alabama senior linebacker Maleki Harris was recruited by Mississippi State. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

South Alabama senior linebacker Maleki Harris was recruited by Mississippi State. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

Game day: Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (40,000) on ESPNews.

Series: MSU leads the series 1-0.

Last meeting: MSU won 30-10 in 2012 in Starkville.

Head coach: Joey Jones, 31-21-5 in five years at USA and 34-28 in six years overall

2013 Record: 6-6

L SOUTHERN UTAH 21-22

W at Tulane 41-39

W WESTERN KENTUCKY 31-24

L at Tennessee 24-31

L at Troy 33-34

W KENT STATE 38-21

L at Texas State 31-33

L ARKANSAS STATE 16-17

L at Navy 14-42

W LOUISIANA-MONROE 36-14

W at Georgia State 38-17

W LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 30-8

Returning starters:

Offense (7)

RB Jay Jones, 5-9, 190, Sr., 143 carries for 737 yards, 5 TD; 18 catches for 135 yards

WR Shavarez Smith, 6-1, 210, Sr., 50 catches for 940 yards, 6 TD

WR Jereme Jones, 5-8, 165, Sr., 40 catches for 457 yards, 3 TD

TE Wes Saxton, 6-4, 240, Sr., 50 catches for 635 yards

LT Ucambre Williams, 6-3, 295, Sr.

LG Drew Dearman, 6-3, 305, Sr.

RT Chris May, 6-5, 290, Jr.

Defense (6)

DL Jesse Kelley, 5-10, 275, Sr., 34 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks

LB Maleki Harris, 6-1, 210, Sr., 63 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 FR

CB Qudarius Ford, 5-9, 170, Sr., 76 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 2 INT

CB Montell Gardner, 6-1, 185, Sr., 60 tackles, 3 TFL, 3 INT, 1 FR

S Terrell Brigham, 6-0, 190, Sr., 65 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 FR

S Antonio Carter, 5-8, 185, Jr., 28 tackles

Special Teams (1)

K Aleem Sunanon, 5-7, 185, So., 18-23 Long 46

2014 Schedule:

Sept. 6 at Kent State

Sept. 13 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Sept. 20 GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Sept. 27 at Idaho

Oct. 4 at Appalachian State

Oct. 18 GEORGIA STATE

Oct. 24 TROY

Nov. 1 at Louisiana-Lafayette

Nov. 8 at Arkansas State

Nov. 15 TEXAS STATE

Nov. 22 at South Carolina

Nov. 28 NAVY

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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