Know thy foe: Northwestern State

Ed Eagan was Northwestern State's leading receiver in 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Ed Eagan was Northwestern State’s leading receiver in 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Game day: Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville on SEC Network.

Series: MSU leads 2-0 and 2-0 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 27-0 in Starkville in 1946.

Head coach: Jay Thomas, 12-12 in two years at NSU and 39-47 in eight years overall.

2014 Record: 6-6

L MISSOURI STATE 34-27

L at Baylor 70-6

W at Southern 51-27

W at Louisiana Tech 30-27

L at Southeastern Louisiana 30-22

W INCARNATE WORD 49-12

W SAM HOUSTON STATE 31-27

L at Central Arkansas 58-35

L MCNEESE STATE 35-38

W at Abeline Christian 34-10

W NICHOLLS STATE 48-21

L at Stephen F. Austin 27-24

Returning starters:

Offense (7)

XWR Tuff McClain, 6-0, 188, Jr., 35 catches for 430 yards, 4 TD

YWR Cody Jones, 5-10, 180, Sr., 29 catches for 353 yards, 6 TD

ZWR Ed Eagan, 5-10, 193, Sr., 73 catches for 908 yards, 6 TD

HWR Shakier Ryan, 5-8, 165, Jr., 38 catches for 335 yards, 1 TD

LT Pace Murphy, 6-6, 296, Sr.

LG Korliss Johnson, 6-2, 280, So.

RT Terrance Boyd Jr., 6-3, 307, Jr.

Defense (4)

NT Randy Woodle, 6-0, 285, So., 9 tackles

DE Leroy Armstrong, 6-1, 250, Sr., 37 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 PBU, 1 FF

SS Chase Collins, 6-0, 180, Sr., 66 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR

FS Adam Jones, 6-3, 205, Jr., 76 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 sack, 5 INT, 4 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR

Special Teams (2)

K Chris Moore, 6-0, 215, Sr., 16-of-26 FG, long 47

P Andy Wickman, 6-3, 202, Sr., 49 punts for 1,772 yards (36.2 avg.), long 59

2015 Schedule

Sept. 3 SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA

Sept. 12 at Louisiana-Lafayette

Sept. 19 at Mississippi State

Sept. 26 CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Oct. 3 at Incarnate Word

Oct. 17 LAMAR

Oct. 24 at McNeese State

Oct. 31 at Nicholls State

Nov. 7 ABELINE CHRISTIAN

Nov. 14 at Sam Houston State

Nov. 21 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

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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