College Football Preview: The 2015 Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Preview 2014 Record 10-3 Lost Capital One Orange Bowl 49-34 vs Georgia Tech
Overview: Mississippi State is coming off one of their best seasons. They finished last year with a record of 10-3. They lost a lot of players and will be a very inexperienced team, but one of the few players returning is Heisman candidate Dak Prescott. It’s going to be tough to repeat last year but they have one of the best players in the country leading them.
Offense: Quarterback Dak Prescott broke out last season. He passed for 3449 yards and 27 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also added 986 yards on the ground with another 14 touchdowns. He will have to lead this inexperienced offense. Mississippi State will need to replace their running back Jake Robinson. Ashton Shumpert will likely be the new running back; he rushed for 274 yards on 47 attempts last season. Their leading receiver from last year returns in De’Runnya Wilson. He caught 47 passes for 680 yards and 9 touchdowns last year.
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Defense: Mississippi State lost a lot of starters on the defensive side of the ball. Three of their defensive linemen have left as well as three of their starting secondary players. Linebacker Beniquez Brown will be the leader on this defense. He finished second on the team last year in tackles with 62. There will be inexperience all over the defensive side of the ball and it looks like it will be a tough year for the Bulldogs.
Special Teams: Punter Devon Bell returns to be the starting punter. He averaged 43.2 yards a punt last season. With their kicker gone, Mississippi has named Devon Bell to also be the kicker for this year’s team.
Overall: It looks to be a rough year for the Bulldogs. Dak Prescott will have to takeover this team if they want to have a chance at the SEC title. I think that even if he does have a great year it’s to tough a conference and they are too inexperienced to have another great year. I think they will finish the season with a record of 7-5.