Know thy foe: South Alabama

South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett played against Mississippi State in 2014 while he was at UAB. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett played against Mississippi State in 2014 while he was at UAB. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Game day: Sept. 3 at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville.

Series: MSU leads 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 35-3 in Mobile in 2014.

Head coach: Joey Jones, 42-35 in seven years at USA and 45-42 in eight years overall.

2015 Record: 5-73-5 Sun Belt

W GARDNER-WEBB 33-23

L at Nebraska 48-9

W at San Diego State 34-27 (OT)

L NORTH CAROLINA STATE 63-13

W at Troy 24-18

L ARKANSAS STATE 49-31

L at Texas State 36-18

W IDAHO 52-45

W LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 32-25

L at Georgia State 24-10

L at Georgia Southern 55-17

L APPALACHIAN STATE 34-27

Returning starters:

Offense (5)

TE Gerald Everett, 6-4, 225, Sr. – 41 catches, 575 yards, 8 TD

OL Steven Foster, 6-4, 305, Sr.

RB Xavier Johnson, 5-11, 180, Jr. – 145 carries, 956 yards, 7 TD; 9 catches, 82 yards, 1 TD

WR Josh Magee, 5-11, 170, Sr. – 23 catches, 504 yards, 3 TD

OL Curtis Williams, 6-5, 290, Sr.

Defense (6)

DL Tre Alford, 5-11, 280, Jr. – 37 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 PBU, 1 FF

LB Roman Buchanan, 6-2, 210, Sr. – 67 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INT, 1 PBU

DL Caleb Butler, 6-4, 260, Jr. – 16 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU

S Devon Earl, 5-10, 190, Sr. – 57 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 FF, 2 FR

S Kalen Jackson, 6-1, 200, Sr. – 72 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 2 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF

CB Jeremy Reaves, 5-11, 185, Jr. – 96 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 INT, 6 PBU, 3 FF

Special Teams (2)

K Aleem Sunanon, 5-7, 170, Sr. – 16 of 19 FG, long 49

P Aleem Sunanon, 5-7, 170, Sr. – 31 punts for 1,323 yards (42.7 avg.), long 55

2016 Schedule

Sept. 3 at Mississippi State

Sept. 10 GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Sept. 17 at Louisiana-Lafayette

Sept. 24 NICHOLLS STATE

Oct. 1 SAN DIEGO STATE

Oct. 15 at Arkansas State

Oct. 20 TROY

Oct. 29 GEORGIA STATE

Nov. 5 at Louisiana-Monroe

Nov. 19 at Louisiana State

Nov. 26 at Idaho

Dec. 3 NEW MEXICO STATE

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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