Know thy foe: Samford

K'rondis Larry led Samford with 1,147 all-purpose yards last year. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

K’rondis Larry led Samford with 1,147 all-purpose yards last year. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Game day: Oct. 29 at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville.

Series: MSU leads 16-1-1 overall and 13-0-1 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 43-0 in Starkville in 1963.

Head coach: Chris Hatcher, 6-5 in two years at Samford and 127-62 in 17 years overall.

2015 Record: 6-5, 3-4 SoCon

W Central Arkansas 45-16

W Florida A&M 58-21

L Chattanooga 31-21

L at Louisville 45-3

W at VMI 49-13

L The Citadel 44-25

L at Western Carolina 56-36

L Furman 20-17

W Clark Atlanta 43-0

W at Wofford 37-27

W Mercer 47-21

Returning starters:

Offense (6)

OL Armando Bonheur, 6-3, 305, R-Sr.

OL Gordon Crozier, 6-1, 290, R-Sr.

WR Karel Hamilton, 6-1, 202, Sr. – 75 catches, 880 yards, 4 TD; one carry, 16 yards

RB K’rondis Larry, 5-6, 150, Jr. – 82 carries, 428 yards, 4 TD; 22 catches, 154 yards

WR Kelvin McKnight, 5-8, 185, So. – 57 catches, 616 yards, 2 TD; 13 carries, 89 yards, 1 TD

WR Emmanuel Obajimi, 6-0, 200, R-Sr. – 54 catches, 826 yards, 7 TD

Defense (6)

FS Jamerson Blount, 6-0, 180, Sr. – 75 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 8 PBU, 2 FF

DL Roosevelt Donaldson, 6-2, 265, R-Sr. – 32 tackles, 6 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 PBU

DL Xavier Forrest, 6-2, 280, Jr. – 31 tackles, 5 TFL, 1.5 sacks

DL Ahmad Gooden, 6-1, 240, R-So. – 53 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4 sacks

LB Tonne Osaigbovo, 6-0, 220, R-Sr. – 44 tackles, 1 TFL

DB Omari Williams, 6-1, 190, Jr. – 39 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 INT, 5 PBU

Special Teams (1)

P Austin Barnard, 6-4, 200, R-Jr. – 48 punts, 4,290 yards (43.2 avg), long 70

2016 Schedule

Sept. 1 Mars Hill

Sept. 10 at Central Arkansas

Sept. 24 at Chattanooga

Oct. 1 Wofford

Oct. 8 at Furman

Oct. 15 VMI

Oct. 22 Western Carolina

Oct. 29 at Mississippi State

Nov. 5 at The Citadel

Nov. 12 Mercer

Nov. 19 at ETSU

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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