Know thy foe: Kentucky

Za'Darius Smith was heavily recruited by Mississippi State out of East Mississippi Community College. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Za’Darius Smith was heavily recruited by Mississippi State out of East Mississippi Community College. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Game day: Oct. 25 at Commonwealth Stadium (67,942) in Lexington.

Series: Kentucky leads 21-20 overall and 13-8 in Lexington.

Last meeting: MSU won 28-22 in Starkville last season.

Head coach: Mark Stoops 2-10 in one year at Kentucky and overall.

2013 Record: 2-10 overall, 0-8 SEC

L vs. Western Kentucky 26-35

W MIAMI (OH) 41-7

L LOUISVILLE 13-27

L FLORIDA 7-24

L at South Carolina 28-35

L ALABAMA 7-48

L at Mississippi State 22-28

W ALABAMA STATE 48-14

L MISSOURI 17-48

L at Vanderbilt 6-22

L at Georgia 17-59

L TENNESSEE 14-27

Returning starters:

Offense (6)

WR Javess Blue, 6-0, 191, Sr., 43 catches for 586 yards, 4 TD

WR Ryan Timmons, 5-10, 195, So., 32 catches for 338 yards, 2 TD

LT Darrian Miller, 6-5, 292, Sr.

LG Zach West, 6-4, 318, Jr.

C Jon Toth, 6-5, 301, So.

RT Jordan Swindle, 6-7, 306, Jr.

Defense (8)

DE Bud Dupree, 6-, 264, Sr., 61 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 2 FF

DE Za’Darius Smith, 6-6, 263, Sr., 59 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 FR

LB Khalid Henderson, 6-1, 228, Jr., 51 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 FF

CB Nate Willis, 6-0, 168, Sr., 35 tackles, 2 TFL

CB Fred Tiller, 6-0, 170, Jr., 49 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 FR

S Blake McClain, 5-11, 194, So., 59 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF

S Ashley Lowery, 6-1, 220, Sr., 46 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR

S Eric Dixon, 5-11, 193, Sr., 55 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sack, 1 FF

Special Teams (1)

P Landon Foster, 6-1, 198 Jr., 68 punts for 2,807 yards (41.3 avg.), Long 59

2014 Schedule:

Aug. 30 TENNESSEE-MARTIN

Sept. 6 OHIO

Sept. 13 at Florida

Sept. 27 VANDERBILT

Oct. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 11 LOUISIANA-MONROE

Oct. 18 at LSU

Oct. 25 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 1 at Missouri

Nov. 8 GEORGIA

Nov. 15 at Tennessee

Nov. 29 at Louisville

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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