Mississippi State All-Decade Team: Prescott leads dangerous offense
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South has selected an all-decade offensive and defensive team for all 14 SEC programs. Our series starts in the SEC West with Mississippi State. Next: Mississippi State’s defense.
From 2010-19, the Mississippi State football team had one of the most successful runs in program history. MSU will end this decade by playing in its 10th consecutive bowl game.
No season was more memorable than 2014, when the Bulldogs rose to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff ranking midway through the season, following a thrilling win over Auburn. Around the celebrations of Dak Prescott and Anthony Dixon, the Bulldogs made their stamp on the college football world over the past 10-years.
Here is the All-Decade offensive team for Mississippi State.
QB: Dak Prescott
The single most decorated player in Bulldogs history, Prescott ignited the fans both on and off the field with a smile no one will ever forget. Prescott’s name is littered through the record books. He’s eighth in program history with 2,521 rushing yards and No. 1 with 9,376 yards through the air.
Prescott finished his career with 114 total touchdowns and 11,897 total yards, and he had 42 touchdowns in the 2014 season. All of those marks are first in the history books. He was a special player for the Bulldogs.
Backup: Nick Fitzgerald. One of the most balanced quarterbacks to wear the maroon and white, Fitzgerald finished with 6,207 yards through the air and 3,607 on the ground, and he led the Bulldogs to a bowl game each season he started.
RB: Kylin Hill
Fresh off his winning the C Spire Conerly Trophy this season as the best player in Mississippi and winning the Egg Bowl for the second straight season, Hill has had quite the career. The Columbus, Miss., native finished with 1,347 yards this season, fourth in MSU history.
RB: Vic Ballard
Ballard was a staple for head coach Dan Mullen early in his career. He’s seventh in MSU history in rushing yards in a season with 1,189 in 2011.
RB: Josh Robinson
Robinson will be remembered for the 2014 season when he finished with 1,203 yards on the ground, fifth in a season in MSU history.
WR: Chad Bumphis
While Bumphis’ name isn’t prominent in the stat books, it is throughout Starkville and MSU. The Tupelo, Miss., native finished second in school history with 2,270 career receiving yards and third with 159 catches.
Bumphis had a monster 2012 season, catching 58 balls for 922 yards. He was a legit punt returner as well. Many remember his 82-yard return for a touchdown against Louisiana Tech in 2011.
WR: Fred Ross
One of the best receivers of the modern era, Ross caught a pass in 35 consecutive games from 2013-16. His biggest season was 2015, when he hauled in a program-record 88 catches for 1,007 yards. Ross was one of Prescott’s favorite targets, finishing his career with 199 receptions for 2,528 yards and averaging 12.7 yards a catch.
WR: Jameon Lewis
A speedster, Lewis will be remembered for the 2013 season, when he broke out for 64 catches for 923 yards. The biggest game of his career, and also the best in MSU history, came in that season’s Liberty Bowl, when Lewis caught 9 passes for 220 yards in a 44-7 win over Rice.
WR: De’Runnya Wilson
An overpowering wideout, Wilson had a big season in 2015, when the Bulldogs finished 9-4 and landed in the Belk Bowl. Wilson hauled in 60 passes for 918 yards.
OL: Derek Sherrod
A 2010 All-SEC performer, Sherrod was a staple on the offensive line that helped the Bulldogs win 6 straight games midway through the season. MSU finished the season by destroying Michigan in the Gator Bowl, 52-14.
OL: Gabe Jackson
MSU’s single best offensive lineman this past decade, Jackson was an All-SEC pick to the first team once and the second team twice. In his final season in 2013, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 record and finished in the Gator Bowl.
OL: Ben Beckwith
Many times during Prescott’s career, you saw him celebrating after a run because of the hole opened by Beckwith. A 2014 second-team All-SEC selection, Beckwith helped MSU finish 10-3 and reach the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech.
OL: Martinas Rankin
A native of Jackson, Miss., Rankin was an All-SEC pick as a senior following the 2017 season, when the Bulldogs finished ranked 19th in the country.
OL: Deion Calhoun
Calhoun spent his career opening holes for Fitzgerald and running back Hill. While he won’t show up in the record books, Calhoun was a staple on the offensive line when both players broke multiple records on the ground.
PK: Westin Graves
Graves had quite a few big kicks during his career. During the 2015 season, Graves finished with 52 PATs and 15 field goals for 97 points, the most by a kicker in MSU history. His accuracy was on point as well, as he nailed 15 of 18 field goals that season. He finished his career with 26 made field goals.