Former MSU football standouts

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Wayne Madkin has always wished he’d had a receiver like Eric Moulds to throw to at Mississippi State.
Madkin did pretty well without him, becoming the Bulldogs’ career passing leader and leading the team to the 1998 SEC Western Division title. He came along after Moulds, who had a stellar three-year career at MSU before logging 12 productive seasons in the NFL.
Madkin and Moulds are finally teaming up, albeit in a different venue. They host a show three times a week on Bulldog Sports Radio, the online-only network by VSporto.
“Somebody approached me about a show and said, hey, let’s do this show, the first thing I thought was it would be cool to have Eric on there, too,” Madkin said. “Reintroduce Eric Moulds, one of the best receivers in Mississippi State history, back to the Mississippi State fans.”
Opening a window to MSU’s athletic past is a big emphasis on their show. Most of the guests have been former MSU athletes, like Darryl Wilson, Fred McCrary and Dontae Walker.
“It’s good for fans to hear their side of the story or see a different view,” Madkin said. “Obviously we know that once their playing (days) are up, the phone stops ringing and the beat writers stop asking. We want to give them a vehicle to talk about Mississippi State, because they love Mississippi State, too, and we all want Mississippi State to do well.”
The Madkin & Moulds Show began airing in May and is the network’s lone show featuring former players. So they provide the kind of insight most BSR hosts can’t.
This is Madkin’s first time to dabble in radio, but Moulds is a veteran. He had his own show in Buffalo for five years, where he starred for the Bills, and then later had one in Houston when playing for the Texans. He’s also done some TV work.
Making it fun
Moulds has tried to help Madkin along as the two develop the chemistry so vital to a co-hosted show.
“I’m having fun with it,” Moulds said. “Wayne makes it fun for me – it keeps me going.”
Said Madkin, “I’m a Southern country boy, a real Southern country boy that ain’t never had any type of training or whatever. What you see with me is a little more rough around the edges.”
Madkin and Moulds have known of each other for years, but they didn’t meet until a couple of years ago at an MSU football game. They’ve kept it touch via Facebook and phone – Madkin lives in the Starkville area, while Moulds lives in Tampa, Fla.
Madkin often talks about his desire to have played with Moulds, who’s third on MSU’s career receiving chart.
“He always says on his show he’s kind of mad that Derrick Taite had a receiver like that,” Moulds said. “He felt he never really had a receiver like that that he could throw it up and say, hey, you make a play on it.”
Madkin and Moulds have been a pretty good combination on the radio – their show is one of the most popular on Bulldog Sports Radio. They’re looking forward to growing and improving the show and the partnership.
“What you see is what you get,” said Madkin, “but at the same time we want to try to get better.”
brad.locke@journalinc.com