Published November 16, 2011 - 8:59am
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Some various news and notes out of Starkville, as the Bulldogs recover from a 24-7 loss to Alabama and look ahead to this weekend’s matchup with Arkansas:
Whitley Out For Season - On Monday, we learned that safety Nickoe Whitley will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon in his left foot. Whitley, who suffered the injury early in Saturday’s contest, has played a large part in MSU’s recent success against the pass. The sophomore is credited with 4 interceptions and a forced fumble this season, although stats don’t tell the entire story on Whitley. Best known to State fans for his aggressive play and willingness to deliver monstrous hits, he will be missed in Little Rock this weekend.
Relf Questionable - Senior quarterback Chris Relf suffered a mild concussion during Saturday’s game and will be “day-to-day” when it comes to practicing this week, according to Dan Mullen. Relf started against Alabama, but sophomore Tyler Russell garnered most of the snaps at center.
Maye May Play - Brandon Maye, a senior linebacker and former Clemson starter, could see action against the Razorbacks this weekend. Maye was suspended for the Bama game due to disciplinary reasons, but is currently practicing with the team and could work his way back into the rotation.
Little Known Defensive Fact - The MSU defense gave up 19 points to LSU earlier this season and 24 points to Alabama on Saturday. Those are the lowest number of points scored by either team all season, except when they played each other. Translation? First year defensive coordinator Chris Wilson has his guys playing at a pretty high level.
Bowling In Nashville? – If the Bulldogs can make it to 6 wins, there’s a good chance they’ll find themselves in Music City for the holidays. The Music City Bowl, which features teams from the SEC and ACC, sent representatives to Starkville for this past weekend’s contest. The buzz around town is that the reps are very high on MSU and would love to have the cowbell nation descend on Nashville in December.
Another Sellout - The bleachers of Davis Wade Stadium were once again packed on Saturday, as nearly 58,000 fans turned out to watch the Dawgs battle the Tide. It was State’s 15th sellout in a row, further justifying the much anticipated stadium expansion that’s currently in the works.
Egg Bowl Set – Mississippi State’s November 26 matchup with Ole Miss is slated to for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be televised nationally by ESPNU. The Bulldogs have won both previous Egg Bowl meetings under Dan Mullen, defeating their rivals to the north by a score of 41-27 in 2009 and 31-23 in 2010. Barring an upset over the Hogs on Saturday, State will need to win this one to obtain bowl eligibility.