By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s cornerback depth was dealt a major blow as coach Dan Mullen revealed that seniors Tolando Cleveland and Cedric Jiles will both miss significant time. Cleveland tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the entire 2016 season, while Jiles suffered a broken […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal OXFORD – It was about this time a year ago, near the end of camp, when DaMarkus Lodge realized his immense physical talent was not enough. He was rated a five-star recruit by Scout.com, a four-star by most other services. All agreed he was one of the top 10 wide […]

Daily Journal The University of West Georgia, coached by Amory’s Will Hall, is No. 2 in both of the major preseason NCAA Division II polls. Defending D-II national champ Northwest Missouri State is the consensus No. 1. Hall’s Wolves lost 38-23 to NW Missouri in last year’s semifinals. Hall, 36, is 24-5 in two seasons […]

Defensive tackle Lee Autry brings veteran leadership to ICC’s defense. (Lee Adams/ICC)

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal A nice balance of defense and offense helped the Itawamba Community College Indians to a playoff berth for the 2015 football season. But in the world of two-year colleges, graduation losses can appear to disrupt that balance. The top 14 leading tacklers from last season for the Indians […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal Junior college coaches usually recruit for need at various positions. Head coach Greg Davis felt that for his 2016 Northeast Tigers defense, with key returnees, he could recruit for need and chemistry. Davis will get to trot his defense out for all to see next week when the […]

Ole Miss freshman QB Shea Patterson has impressed his teammates this presason. (Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss)

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal With the top quarterback in the SEC at the wheel in Chad Kelly, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about the No. 1 quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class. But Shea Patterson hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates. Patterson (6-foot-1, 193 pounds) played at IMG Academy in Florida and […]

By David Brandt Associated Press HATTIESBURG – First-year Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson walked into a situation that many of his peers would envy. There’s the loaded roster that includes 13 returning starters and an experienced quarterback. There’s a fan base that’s second to none in Conference USA and hungry for a return to prominence. […]

Westin Graves hit 15 of 18 field goals last season. (File)

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – The days of Westin Graves getting nervous to kick a field goal are gone. The former walk-on is entering his third season at Mississippi State and second as the Bulldogs’ starter. Graves’ has attempted 19 career field goals and 59 extra points and his previous experience has eased […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze gave a lukewarm assessment of his team today. The Rebels are turning the page from camp to school-day schedules and routines as classes have gotten underway. No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 4 Florida State open the season Sept. 5 in Orlando. The […]