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2012FOOTBALLPREVIEWCollegiateAugust 12, 2012NEW HOMEBUILDING STORESQuality Materials Since 1939Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Please visit our website at www.newhomebuilding.netCOLUMBUS1701 Main St. 328-4451MACON105 Green St. 726-5285For Construction And Remodeling Needs, Go With The Best! Quality LumberWe only purchase from select quality mills Unsurpassed DeliveryHalf day lead time on most orders, materials covered at jobsite Experienced Outside Salesmen & Staff Jobs checked daily or as requested Discount Pricing Windows, Doors & More Showroom features Ply Gem windows and Peachtree and MGM Industries doors and windows Internet Access to Your Account Links to product catalogs, ability to price jobs from home or ofce Floor to Finish Multiple siding options, berglass columns kept in stock, window shutters and treatments available The Dispatch............3 .............6 .............9 .............11 . THE DISPATCH www.cdispatch.com 2 SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEWBy MATTHEW STEVENSmstevens@cdispatch.comSTARKVILLE TheMississippi State Universityrunning backs dont want to lis-ten to the preseason talk aboutthe offense becoming more of apassing attack.The tailbacks in maroon andwhite know what MSU has beenable to do, and they believe theycan continue that trend.Mississippi State is basedon running, MSU redshirtfreshman tailback JoshRobinson said. We got fourgreat running backs so why notrun the ball?In the past three yearsunder coach Dan Mullen, MSUhas averaged 35 more yardsrushing than passing game.Part of that discrepancy can beattributed to a lack of experi-enced receivers and a truepocket quarterback.Our philosophy wontchange, but youll see differ-ences in this years team utiliz-ing Tyler (Russells) passingabilities, Mullen said. Youmight see more five widereceivers this year (and) wemight lean more or use 30 per-cent more of the offense thatwe havent used as much thelast couple of years.The question entering fallcamp and the teams seasonopener against Jackson Stateon Sept. 1 is who will replacethe production of tailback VickBallard, the schools single-sea-son record holder for touch-downs, who is in training campwith the NFLs IndianapolisColts.In 2006, MSU had a similarproblem under coach SylvesterCroom. At that time, all-timeleading rusher JeriousNorwood graduated. Morethan 3,900 rushing yards later,Anthony Dixon made that prob-lem seem trivial at best as herumbled to 3,994 yards.After riding Dixon through a5-7 first season in Starkville,THE DISPATCH www.cdispatch.com SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEWBrian McCaskill, Agent823 Highway 12 W Ste AStarkville, MS 39759Bus: 662-323-5920www.brianmccaskill.comCALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7.Call me for your insurance needs and see how it feels to be on a #1 team. Like a goodneighbor, State Farm is there.Now that's teamwork.State Farm Home Ofce, Bloomington, ILP097313When I saygood,you sayneighbor.Marcus Green and the Mississippi StateUniversity football team won their thirdconsecutive Egg Bowl game last season.The victory helped MSU become bowl eli-gible and was the final game at theUniversity of Miss for coach Houston Nutt. FOOTBALL 2012A publication ofTHE DISPATCHP.O. Box 511Columbus, MS 39703(662) 328-2424Editor and PublisherBirney ImesSportsAdam MinichinoMatt StevensScott WaltersCover DesignStacy ClarkPhotographersLuisa PorterSam GauseGraphic ArtistsJackie TaylorErnest RogersProductionTina PerryAnne Murphy2012FOOTBALLPREVIEWCollegiateAugust 12, 2012NEW HOMEBUILDING STORESQuality Materials Since 1939 Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Please visit our website at www.newhomebuilding.netCOLUMBUS1701 Main St. 328-4451MACON105 Green St. 726-5285For Construction And Remodeling Needs, Go With The Best! Quality LumberWe only purchase from select quality mills Unsurpassed DeliveryHalf day lead time on most orders, materials covered at jobsite Experienced Outside Salesmen & StaffJobs checked daily or as requested Discount Pricing Windows, Doors & MoreShowroom features Ply Gem windows and Peachtree and MGM Industries doors and windows Internet Access to Your AccountLinks to product catalogs, ability to price jobs fromhome or ofce Floor to FinishMultiple siding options, berglass columns kept in stock, window shutters and treatments availableTheDispatch............3 .............6 .............9 .............11 .ABOUT THE COVERI NSI DESee RUNNING, 5Perkins leads deep, versatile group that is confident it can do jobHead CoachDan MullenAssistant CoachesI Geoff Collins - Co-DefensiveCoordinator/LinebackersI John Hevesy - Offensive Line / Running Game CoordinatorI Tony Hughes - Safeties /Recruiting CoordinatorI Greg Knox - Running BacksI Les Koenning - OffensiveCoordinator / QuarterbacksI Angelo Mirando - Wide ReceiversI Scott Sallach - Tight EndsI Melvin Smith - Cornerbacks /NickelbacksI Chris Wilson - Co-DefensiveCoordinator / Defensive LineI Jon Clark - Assistant AD / FootballOperationsI Matt Balis - Head Strength CoachI Rockey FelkerDirector of Player Personnel /High School RelationsCoachi ng Staf fRadio AffiliatesMSU OPPSCORING 329 256 Points Per Game 25.3 19.7 FIRST DOWNS 241 257 Rushing 123 118 Passing 101 123 Penalty 17 16 RUSHING YARDAGE 2279 1995 Yards gained rushing 2649 2295 Yards lost rushing 370 300 Rushing Attempts 513 536 Average Per Rush 4.4 3.7 Average Per Game 175.3 153.5 TDs Rushing 19 15 PASSING YARDAGE 2364 2563 Comp-Att-Int 198-349-13 280-434-12 Average Per Pass 6.8 5.9 Average Per Catch 11.9 9.2 Average Per Game 181.8 197.2 TDs Passing 19 12 TOTAL OFFENSE 4643 4558 Total Plays 862 970 Average Per Play 5.4 4.7 Average Per Game 357.2 350.6 KICK RETURNS: 42-779 56-1120 PUNT RETURNS: 28-311 24-119 INT RETURNS: 12-186 13-103 KICK RETURN AVG 18.5 20.0 PUNT RETURN AVG 11.1 5.0 INT RETURN AVERAGE 15.5 7.9 FUMBLES-LOST 21-7 25-8 PENALTIES-Yards 71-567 81-698 Average Per Game 43.6 53.7 PUNTS-Yards 71-2970 72-3053 Average Per Punt 41.8 42.4 Net punt average 37.9 36.4 TIME OF POSS/Game 26:16 33:38 3RD-DOWN Conversions 72/186 77/211 3rd-Down Pct 39% 36% 4TH-DOWN Conversions 9/18 13/25 4th-Down Pct 50% 52% SACKS BY-Yards 27-165 25-182 MISC YARDS 15 -10 TDs SCORED 42 28 FIELD GOALS-ATT 12-19 20-28 ON-SIDE KICKS 0-0 0-0 Red Zone Scores (34-40) 85% (34-46) 74%RED-ZONE TDs (22-40) 55% (21-46) 46% PAT-ATTEMPTS (39-40) 98% (28-28) 100% ATTENDANCE 335695 356190 Gmd/Avg Per Gm 6/55949 6/59365 Neutral Site Games 1/55208 MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS2011 Team StatisticsCity Station FrequencyAberdeen WWZQ-AM 1240Amory WAMY-AM 1580Batesville WBLE-FM 100.5Columbia WCJU-FM 104.9Corinth WKCU-AM 1350Ferriday, La. KWTG-FM 104.7French Camp WFCA-FM 107.9Greenville WDMS-FM 100.7Greenwood/Indianola WTCD-FM 96.9Grenada WOHT-FM 92.3Hattiesburg WMXI-FM 98.1Jackson WZNO-FM 105.9Lucedale WRBE-FM 106.9Memphis, Tenn. KQPN-AM 730Meridian WMOX-AM 1010Monticello WRQO-FM 102.1Philadelphia WWSL-FM 102.3Tupelo WXWX-FM 96.3Vicksburg WVBG-FM 105.5Waynesboro WABO-AM 990West Point WKBB-FM 100.9Winona WONA-FM 95.1Yazoo City WBYP-FM*/WELZ-AM 107.1/1460NOTE: All stations above will carry Mississippi States 2012 football games and DawgTalk, MSU coach Dan Mullens weekly call-in show. Fanscan call into the show by dialing 866-998-4893.HailStateTV (Audio/Video Streaming): Audio (live) and video (on-demand)streamed broadcasts of MSU football games are available exclusively throughHailStateTV, MSU's premium multimedia service. For more information, consultHailStateTV headquarters. 2012 ScheduleSept. 1 JACKSONSTATESept. 8 AUBURNSept. 15 TroySept. 22 SOUTHALABAMAOct. 6 KentuckyOct. 13 TENNESSEEOct. 20 MIDDLETENNESSEEOct. 27 AlabamaNov. 3 TEXAS A&MNov. 10 At LSUNov. 17 ARKANSASNov. 24 Ole MissHOME GAMES IN CAPSI The Dispatch would like to thank themedia relations and sports informationdepartments at Mississippi StateUniversity, East Mississippi CommunityCollege, Itawamba C.C., the University ofMississippi, and the University ofAlabama for their help in gathering all ofthe information in this years section.I A special thanks goes out to StacyClark for designing several covers, including the one that was selected forthis year.I Fans can follow Matt Stevens cover-age of MSU at www.cdispatch.com and onhis blog, which you also can access on thewebsite. You can also stay abreast of thelatest MSU news by following him onTwitter at: @matthewcstevens.I The Dispatch encourages all fans tocall us with their comments and ques-tions. You can reach us at 662-327-1297 ore-mail information tosports@cdispatch.com.Team PageMississippi State University . . . . . . . .3-5East Mississippi Community College .6Itawamba C.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7University of Mississippi . . . . . . . . .9-10University of Alabama . . . . . . . . . . .11-12Southeastern Conference on TV .13, 15SEC Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15THANKS / ABOUT US2011 ResultsSept. 1 W, 59-14 At MemphisSept. 10 L, 41-34 At AuburnSept. 15 L, 19-6 LSUSept. 24 W, 26-20 OT LA. TECHOct. 1 L, 24-10 At GeorgiaOct. 8 W, 21-3 UABOct. 15 L, 14-12 S. CAROLINAOct. 29 W, 28-16 At KentuckyNov. 5 W, 55-7 TENN.-MARTINNov. 12 L, 24-7 ALABAMANov. 19 L, 44-17 At ArkansasNov. 26 W, 31-3 OLE MISSDec. 30 W, 23-17 vs. W. ForestHOME GAMES IN CAPSLaDarius Perkins isthe leading candidateto replace VickBallard and keep theMississippi StateUniversity runninggame moving forward. Last season,Perkins was secondon the team with 422rushing yards. Healso had two touchdowns and averaged 4.9 yar