Know thy foe: Troy

Brandon Burks led Troy in rushing with 43 yards against Mississippi State in 2013. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Brandon Burks led Troy in rushing with 43 yards against Mississippi State in 2013. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Game day: Oct. 10 at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville

Series: MSU leads 3-1 overall and 2-1 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 62-7 in Starkville in 2013.

Head coach: Neal Brown, first year at Troy and overall.

2014 Record: 3-9

L at UAB 48-10

L DUKE 34-17

L ABILENE CHRISTIAN 38-35

L at Georgia 66-0

L at Louisiana-Monroe 22-20

W NEW MEXICO STATE 41-24

L APPALACHIAN STATE 53-13

L at South Alabama 27-13

L at Georgia Southern 42-10

W GEORGIA STATE 45-21

W at Idaho 34-17

L LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 42-23

Returning starters:

Offense (7)

QB Brandon Silvers, 6-3, 214, So., 191 of 271 passes for 1,836 yards, 11 TD, 3 INT; 100 carries for 196 yards, 5 TD

RB Brandon Burks, 5-10, 207, Sr., 96 carries for 584 yards, 3 TD; 23 catches for 181 yards, 1 TD

WR Teddy Ruben, 5-7, 161, Sr., 15 catches for 212 yards, 1 TD; four carries for 14 yards

WR K.D. Edenfield, 6-0, 197, Sr., 21 catches for 147 yards; 0 of 1 passes

WR Bryan Holmes, 5-10, 181, Sr., 34 catches for 474 yards, 5 TD; 1 carry for 4 yards

LT Antonio Garcia, 6-7, 302, Jr.

C Dalton Bennett, 6-3, 305, Sr.

Defense (6)

DE Jamal Stadom, 6-2, 266, So., 55 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR

NT Lonnie Gosha, 6-3, 306, Sr., 27 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.5 sacks

BAN Tyler Roberts, 6-2, 240, Sr., 48 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 PBU, 1 FF

SS JaQuadrian Lewis, 6-1, 192, Jr., 57 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 2 FF

FS Montres Kitchens, 6-0, 180, Sr., 88 tackles, 1 TFL, 6 INT, 1 PBU

Special Teams (2)

K/P Ryan Kay, 6-2, 207, Jr., 10 of 14 FG, long 47; 62 punts for 2,472 yards (39.9 avg.), long 56

Former MSU coaches

Fred Walker, Analyst – offense

Webb Hamilton, Graduate assistant – defense

2015 Schedule

Sept. 5 at N.C. State

Sept. 12 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

Sept. 19 at Wisconsin

Oct. 3 SOUTH ALABAMA

Oct. 10 at Mississippi State

Oct. 17 IDAHO

Oct. 24 at New Mexico State

Oct. 31 at Appalachian State

Nov. 7 LOUISIANA-MONROE

Nov. 14 GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Nov. 27 at Georgia State

Dec. 5 at Louisiana-Lafayette

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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