Know thy foe: Auburn

D'haquille Williams caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State last season. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

D’haquille Williams caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State last season. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Game day: Sept. 26 at Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451) in Auburn, Ala.

Series: Auburn leads 61-25-2 overall and 28-6 in Auburn.

Last meeting: MSU won 38-23 in Starkville in 2014.

Head coach: Gus Malzahn 20-7 in two years at Auburn, 29-10 in three years overall.

2014 Record: 8-5, 4-4 SEC

W ARKANSAS 45-21

W SAN JOSE STATE 59-13

W at Kansas State 20-14

W LOUISIANA TECH 45-17

W LSU 41-7

L at Mississippi State 38-23

W SOUTH CAROLINA 42-35

W at Ole Miss 35-31

L TEXAS A&M 41-38

L at Georgia 34-7

W SAMFORD 31-7

L at Alabama 55-44

Outback Bowl

L vs. Wisconsin 34-31 (OT)

Returning starters:

Offense (5)

WR D’haquille Williams, 6-2, 224, Sr., 45 catches, 730 yards, 5 TD

WR Mevin Ray, 6-3, 215, Sr., 8 catches, 182 yards, 1 TD

LT Shon Coleman, 6-6, 313, Jr.

LG Devonte Danzey, 6-2, 305, Sr.

RT Avery Young, 6-6, 305, Jr.

Defense (7)

DT Montravius Adams, 6-4, 296, Jr., 43 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FR

DE/BUCK Gimel President, 6-4, 263, Jr., 30 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU

LB Kris Frost, 6-2, 240, Sr., 87 tackles, 10 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 3 FF, 1 FR

LB Cassanova McKinzy, 6-3, 253, Sr., 91 tackles, 11 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR

CB Jonathan Jones, 5-10, 181, Sr., 36 tackles, 1 TFL, 6 INT, 11 PBU, 1 FF

CB Joshua Holsey, 5-11, 198, Sr., 41 tackles, 2 PBU

S Johnathan Ford, 6-0, 203, Jr., 93 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sack, 3 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF

Special Teams (2)

K/P Daniel Carlson, 6-4, 213, So., 18 of 24 FG, long 51; 41 punts, 1,724 yards (42 avg.), long 62

Former MSU coaches:

J.B. Grimes, offensive line

Former MSU commitments:

OG Deon Mix, 6-4, 301, So.

2015 Schedule

Sept. 5 vs. Louisville (Atlanta)

Sept. 12 JACKSONVILLE STATE

Sept. 19 at LSU

Sept. 26 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Oct. 3 SAN JOSE STATE

Oct. 15 at Kentucky

Oct. 24 at Arkansas

Oct. 31 OLE MISS

Nov. 7 at Texas A&M

Nov. 14 GEORGIA

Nov. 21 IDAHO

Nov. 28 ALABAMA

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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