All Things Maroon Tue, 23 May 2017 18:48:13 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb All Things Maroon Lives...Blog Will Continue Well guys, just when I thought it was farewell and that the blog was at it's end, I was surprisingly approached by one of your fellow bloggers-about continuing the blog. For those of you who have blogged with us here for awhile, you've come across the name 'Washburn' once or twice. It was indeed Washburn who emailed me on Monday, expressing his interest in authoring the blog from here on out. So, with that said, I'm going to get out of the way and let him have it. He also said that he hopes to get a post up by this weekend so stay tuned, because he might just have something for us Dawgs to gnaw on. We all owe him a BIG thanks for keeping this platform going. I'll let him introduce himself, but I can tell you that he is a ie-hard Bulldog.  

As for me, I can't say thank you enough for yalls' support throughout the past 2 and a half years and for your kind words on Monday and Tuesday. I'm pleased to say that it's not farewell for me after all! I'll be around to post, vent, and share my thoughts just like you guys. I hope that we can continue the same atmosphere that we've built here at All Things Maroon. As for those invites to tailgate gatherings, I hope they are still on?

With that said, I'm stepping aside! Have at it Washburn.

Btw...Go Dawgs!!! Sweep UGA!!!]]> (Brett Holloway) December Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:16:55 +0000
#21 MSU Dominates Michigan in Gator Bowl 52-14; Sidney To Return & Bailey To Exit relfmichMSU's 2010-2011 Football season came to an exciting end, with a dominant 52-14 showing against Michigan this past Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs rode the arm and decision making of Bulldog QB Chris Relf, as a solid performance by the Dawg D. Relf, who has shown significant improvement in the last 3 games, found holes in the UM secondary and showed the best touch of his career. The Junior, connected on 18 of his 23 passes for 281 yds and 3 TDs. The MSU Defense showed out as well. After allowing 2 Michigan scores in the 1st Qtr, State's D became quite a dominant force. Michigan came into the game ranked among the nation's top 10 in Total Offense, averaging some 500 ypg and 32 ppg. On Saturday, the Bulldogs held UM to just 324 total yds and 14 points. Michigan's Denard Robinson, who is 2nd nationally in Total Offense (by individual player), was held to 254 yds passing and just 59 on the ground. Though those numbers might hint at a solid day, they did not produce the type of performance that Michigan fans have been used to this season. Robinson and Co. seemed to be well on their way to another strong performance, after taking a 14-10 lead at the end of the 1st Qtr. But, it was from that moment forward that State dominated, finishing the game with a 42-0 run. State's D played their best 3 Qtrs of the season after that point, ball-hawking and holding the Wolverines to 0 points in 3 red zone trips. By midway through the 3rd Qtr, the "SEC" chants had started, Michigan fans began to leave, and the long drive was well worth it for every MSU fan in attendance. While many might question the quality of 'Michigan' team that MSU faced, one cannot deny that State topped College Football's winning-est program and one of the nation's best Offenses. But, all that matters is that 20-30 years from now, there will still be a Gator Bowl trophy in the case, and the plaque will read MSU-52  Michigan-14.

Inside the Numbers
-State's 31 points in the 1st Half, set a Gator Bowl record.
-The 38 point loss and the 52 points that Michigan allowed, marked their worse loss and most points they've ever given up in a Bowl Game.
-2 MSU Bulldogs scored the first TDs of their careers, WRs Michael Carr and Ricco Sanders.
-State scored on all 5 possessions in the 1st Half.
-This game marked the 4th time this season, that State scored 45+ points
-State was 9-17 on 3rd Downs, and 5 of 5 on 4th Down tries, 6 of 6 in the Red Zone
-MSU is 4-0 in their last 4 Bowl Games

Chris Relf's Improvement and Production
Over the last 3 games, Relf has made tremendous strides. Just how good has he been?
- Passing: 51-73, 793 yds, 69%, 6 TDs, 2 INTs
-Rushing: 200 yds, 2 TDs
-Total Output: 993 yds, 8 TDs
I have to say, if Nick Bell could have watched that game, he'd have been very proud of how Relf represented his #36.

Vick Ballard Gets 19th TD
Ballard's 3TDs on Saturday, gave him 19 for the season, which is a new single season- rushing TD record at MSU.

Young WRs Finding Groove (Last 3 Games)
Chris Smith- 13 catches for 165 yds, 1 TD
Michael Carr-4 catches for 74 yds, 1 TD
Arceto Clark- 7 catches for 96 yds, 1 TD

RB LaDarius Perkins Becoming a Weapon in Passing Game
Last 3 games: 5 catches for 225 yds, 2 TDs

Thanks to Our Seniors
I can't say enough about our Senior Class of 2010, you will greatly be missed. Langston, Smith, McPhee, White, Wright, Sherrod, Brignone, Hutchins, DePasquale, a tip of the hat to you guys.

Your thoughts on the Gator Bowl? 

What's this win mean going forward for MSU?

I really feel that we lose the most on Defense to graduation, but what do you like the most: The youth at DL, LB, or the youth at DB? We saw some of each on Saturday.

More impressed with the Offense or Defense?

Also, what are your feelings on Sidney fulfilling his suspension and Bailey leaving?

*My apologies on not getting a post up earlier guys, driving 13 hours and some problems with the site have delayed me posting.

Football tonight! Arkansas gets to whip up on Ohio State, and did yall see Harbough run scared the entire night, dodging questions about Michigan? In many cases he ran from the microphone and cut interviews short. I think he's on a plane right now to Ann Arbor.

]]> (Brett Holloway) January Tue, 04 Jan 2011 02:00:22 +0000
Dan Mullen Will Stay at MSU; LB Chris White Wins Conerly Trophy dan2One thing always accompanies the end of any regular season, and that's rumors. Since Monday, the University of Miami has made it clearly known that MSU's Dan Mullen and former NFL coach John Gruden are their 2 main targets, to replace the fired Randy Shannon.

Let me pause right there and say "Not gonna happen." I'm well aware that Miami's Football program is one of the top 20 of all-time in NCAA history. I know that the state of Florida is drenched with some of the best High School football that this fine country has to offer. I know that the 'U' has got a much bigger Athletic budget than what MSU could only dream about. And finally, I'm well aware that the Canes are famous for turning out NFL talent, and add every year to the meat market that pro scouts feast on. Ok, heck, I'll even go as far as to throw in the beach, sandals, and everything else Miami in itself has to offer. But, still I say "Not gonna happen."

Here's why I feel the way I do...

(1) SEC is King: Even on years when the SEC fails to win the Nat'l Title, it's still the best conference in College Football. The conference has claimed the Crown in 4 of the past 5 seasons. It has the highest attendance rates of any other conference, and dominates the NFL draft year in and year out. You play the best of the best every Saturday. The passion, tradition, and pageantry is unmatched. Because of that, why go elsewhere? Championships are without a doubt easier to achieve in another conference, but when you've coached among the best, anything else is a step down. Mullen is a coach who demands the best from his players and fanbase, so why would he require anything less than that from himself. Leaving the best in order to win among the mediocre, is not in the cards for Dan. And in his mind, it's probably unacceptable to even consider, and lie to the standard he holds himself and team to. Anyway, why go anywhere else, when you are already in the best conference in football, not to mention arguably the best division in college football. Many may see that as a self-defeating argument, and a good basis for a good coach to leave a strong conference. Some have already said that State will always trail Bama and LSU in tradition and success, but one can only look to the 2009 and 2010 as reality check. Mullen took a team that finished with just 3 wins in '08, to within inches of a Bowl bid in '09. In 2010, Mullen responded by leading the Dawgs to an 8-4 regular season record, and a .500 mark in conference play. Dan will have MSU in Atlanta within 5 years.

(2) Building a Program Builds Pride: Let me ask you this, is there anything more rewarding in life...anything that builds more pride...or anything more gratifying then seeing the fruits of your labor? There's nothing like seeing results, and knowing you had a hand in that product. Mullen has put butts in the seats, breaking the season attendance record in consecutive years. When the seats are full, and continually full, that changes everything. Not only is it a display of faithfulness on behalf of the fans, or just evidence that you are doing something right, but so much more. Attendance equals atmosphere, money for the program, better facilities, etc. What's amazing, is that since Mullen was hired, he has manufactured so much interest and excitement in the program, that he has yet to see Davis Wade Stadium empty. The Bulldog Club has more members now- than ever. He's taught the MSU program and fans what it feels like to win and compete-week in and week out. Mullen is pulling in the best recruits in the State, and currently has MSU ranked #23 in National recruiting. He's witnessed the hunger of 55-59,000 in the seats, and the demand that is on the horizon for expanding Davis Wade. I'm sure that Dan has seen the plans to do just just, and he can't help but realize just what he is building in Starkville. He is making what used to be 'future' plans, an immediate reality. (Don't fool yourself either, whether or not stadium expansion plans were apart of the university's master plan, it would have never happened if not for success on the football field). It's because of ALL this that I've mentioned, that Mullen won't leave in the next 3 years. Coaches are all about results, and being able to sit back and look at what they've built and accomplished. We are all capable of accomplishing amazing things in life, but rarely do we have the chance to effect the lives of 55-100,000 people on a given Saturday. Even though I would say that Mullen is more confident than arrogant, it can't help but feed his or anyone else's ego to an extent. Like I said, there's pride in building something. And in building something it's even harder to walk away. Dan Mullen is building at MSU, not just a winning program, but other elements that will be hard to walk away from one day.

In the midst of all this, MSU AD Scott Stricklin has already commented on the fact that the school is setting up Dan Mullen's contract to carry over through 2014. "We’re going to be smart and aggressive in this process. The normal protocol for something like this and the way we’ve done it in the past is to rip up the old contract and sign a brand new four-year deal.” Mullen currently brings in  $1.2 Million a year, and is set to receive plenty of incentives due to the Dawgs' upcoming Bowl appearance. As of Tuesday night, Mullen confirmed that he has NOT been contacted by anyone, even Miami. For more, here's a link to a conversation between Mullen and the CL's Rick Cleveland about staying in Starkville. Link

That's my take, your thoughts?

Chris White Wins Conerly Trophy
Just days after the Bulldogs won the Egg Bowl, and the reputation of the best team in Mississippi, Senior LB Chris White won the honor of the being named the best football player in the State. White has had a stellar Senior season, racking up 105 Tkls, 6 Sacks, 15.5 Tkls for Loss, 2 INTs, and 1 Fumble Recovery. After making a name for himself in his Junior season at MSU, White improved even more in 2010. White increased in Tackles (+30) and Sacks (+5.5). Congrats Chris, you will be hard to replace. Link 

Bumphis Out
As many of yall know, leading Bulldog WR Chad Bumphis, will miss the Bowl Game with a broken clavicle. I wanted to know your opinion, as to whether or not you think the injury hurts or helps the Bulldogs more? Out for the Bowl, but that's some major reps for a lot of our young WRs in practice and preparation.  Link

State Falls to FAU Owls
I guess we knew it was coming eventually, considering that Stansbury's squad is low on talent and experience and having already had some close calls. I can't wait til Sidney and Bost can play. For those of you who are new to the site, I cover basketball in-depth, but not til SEC play, or quality opponents show up on the schedule before conference play. Ravern Johnson finished with 18 pts, Kodi Augustus brought down 10 Rebs, and Riley Benock has 3 asst. Very bad shooting night for State, only nailing three 3-pointers. State missed 4 FT's in the final minute, and a last minute tip-in for the win. Typical. 



aTm accepts Cotton Bowl invite. Link

Boise's kicker is receiving death threats. Link

UT's Bruce Pearl zingsLane Kiffin. Link

Gamecocks make History. Link

CL reports that Chick-Fil-A Bowl isn't a done deal? Link

]]> (Brett Holloway) November Wed, 01 Dec 2010 03:02:02 +0000
UK vs MSU: Game Preview & Prediction dwsnightWell boys, Prediction Friday is here. Game Week 9, welcomes the UK Wildcats (4-4, 1-4) to Starkville, for a date with the #21 MSU Bulldogs (6-2, 2-2). UK looks to bounce back from a 44-31 loss to UGA, while State looks to prove they belong in the Top 25, after struggling with UAB. State improved to 4-1 at home with that win over the Blazers, which may be trouble for the Cats, who are 1-2 on the road this season. Saturday's match up will showcase the SEC's #4 Offense (UK's), against the SEC's #5 Defense (MSU's). This one should be exciting. Before we dive into what the experts are saying, and our predictions, let's first take a look at the series' history.

  • First Meeting: 1915, MSU 12-0
  • Last Meeting: 2009, MSU 31-24
  • UK leads the series 21-16
  • UK is only 7-11 in games @ MSU
  • MSU is 2-1 in the last 3matches with UK
  • Average Score:  UK  21.61  MSU  21.08

What are the experts saying? For that, we will turn to College Gameday Stats. If you would like to receive information concerning their weekly publication, email them at As always, CGS always breaks down the advantages that exist on both sides of the ball, for both teams.

  • MSU Scoring  vs  UK Opponent's Scoring:  Advantage MSU
  • MSU Pass Off  vs  UK Pass Def:  Advantage UK
  • MSU Rush Off  vs  UK Rush Def:  Advantage MSU
  • UK Scoring  vs  MSU Opponent's Scoring:  None
  • UK Pass Off  vs  MSU Pass Def:  Advantage UK 
  • UK Rush Off  vs  MSU Rush Def:  Advantage MSU
  • MSU is a 6.5 point favorite 

My Thoughts & Keys to Victory: Even with RB Derrick Locke out earlier this season, UK knocked off Carolina. Locke's role will be handed over to 2 young RBs Donald Russell and Raymond Sanders. To fill the void, I believe that Joker Phillips will dial up more Wildcat packages than usual, and rely on WR Randall Cobb's running abilities. Not only will Cobb run out of the Wildcat package, but I expect him to at least attempt 2 or 3 passes down field. Cobb usually attracts plenty of attention, and any cheating up by Bulldog DBs, could result in beneficial deep shots for UK. WRs Chris Matthews' and Cobb's physicality and size, will challenge MSU's DBs, and La'Rod King cannot be forgotten as well. In order for MSU to stop UK defensively, they must do what has benefited them all year: (1) Stop the run and (2) pressure the QB. The Bulldogs have not allowed a 100 yd rusher this season, and that's something that can't go unnoticed. LSU's Michael Ridley, Auburn's Cam Newton, and UH's Bryce Beall, are just a few that have failed the mark vs MSU. UK has only given up 9 sacks, which isn't that bad of a stat. Stopping what UK wants to accomplish in the run game, will eliminate their balanced attack, and cause them to be somewhat one-dimensional. The most important aspect of the Wildcats' attack that MSU needs to focus on, is the underneath game. Stop the dump passes to the RBs out of the back field, and the screen game. Manny Diaz's defense almost always takes away the homerun ball, so covering the short field, and disrupting the blocking on those types passes are key. The main thing that MSU can use to their advantage in stopping the UK Offense, is their own Offense. MSU ranks 2nd in the SEC in Rushing Offense (15th in the nation), while UK is next to last in stopping the rush. MSU should control the line of scrimmage with ease, due to the fact that UK is undersized on the DL. Running the ball effectively, should move the chains, wear down the Wildcats, eat the clock, and take away possessions from UK. Considering that UK's problem has been somewhat assignment based, MSU might benefit from running some counter plays, shuffle passes, and the usual read option. State will still be going up against an SEC DL, but not the 'prototype' Line that most SEC teams can boast about. With Tobias Smith and JC Brignone back to full-speed on the OL, State should have a lot more success in opposing their will on the Cats, since the Dawgs can get back to their usual rotation. State almost always dominates the Time of Possession, and Saturday shouldn't be any different. Hopefully, Keonning can use the run game to draw in the Cats' secondary for a big pass play or two. Also, Keonning and Mullen have to call smart plays and packages, in pivotal situations, and I sure hope we don't resort to trick plays in the redzone. I wouldn't mind a reverse, once the option is set up, but no more RB passes, or throw backs. Last but not least, our kickers have to be solid. No kicks out of bounds, no shanked punts, and we have to make our FG tries. State needs hang time, distance, and excellent coverage. I'm a fan of pooch kicks and directional punts, especially with Randall Cobb returning all the kicks.

My Prediction:  MSU  31  UK  16. After enjoying some national attention in the rankings, and earning a bowl bid with last week's win, MSU shows that they are focused, and ready to take on the rest of their 2010 schedule. MSU will run the ball with ease, to the tune of 230 yards. QB Chris Relf will be back in true form, after playing in a 'protected' role last week. Vick Ballard's return will be hard to ignore, as Ballard rushes for 100 + yards. LaDarius Perkins, who ran for 131 yards last week, will run with a new found confidence. And, WR Chad Bumphis will have success running out of the Rabid Dawg. MSU will sack UK's Hartline twice, but 5 other QB knock downs will force the UK QB into 2 INTs. I look for Nickoe Whitley to pick off a deep pass, and Chris White to come away with one over the middle. Cobb will have 120 total yards. And UK will be held to 330 yards.

Your Thoughts?  Your Prediction?  Black uniforms?


Congrats to Sherrod: MSU's Derek Sherrod, was named as one of 16 college football players, to the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Class of 2010.  Link 


Auburn @  TSUN   38-34

UF  vs  UGA  20-16

UT  @  USC  34-10

Vandy  @  Arkansas  42-9

*My picks are in Bold, yours?

Something to think about:  Chris Rainey returns to action for UF and Urban Meyer this week, but I have to ask...what's more serious- a stolen laptop, or a death threat? Imagine where the Gators would be right now, if Meyer hadn't reacted the way he did in Cam Newton's case. Death threats aimed not just at a person, but a female, is a serious matter. If I was Cam Newton, I'd want nothing more than to face UF and Meyer in the SEC Championship. That scenario could take a step in the direction of becoming a reality, with a UF win on Saturday. Anyway, something to think about. 

Arkansas' DL arrested for drug possession. Link 

Heisman Watch...sorry, Cam Watch. Link

Aaron Murray better than Jeff Brantley? Link

Chris Low's What to Watch For in Week 9. Link

Anyway boys! Bring em' and Ring the heck out of em'! And please, please...YELL!  I want Davis Wade rocking!

Go Dawgs!!!

]]> (Brett Holloway) October Fri, 29 Oct 2010 03:31:41 +0000
MSU Tops Alcorn State 49-16, Game Notes and Week 5 Thoughts bump2I have to admit, that-that was one of the ugliest blowouts I've ever seen in my life. In front of just 50, 439 fans, MSU rolled to a 49-16 victory over Alcorn State, but hit some speed bumps. The game featured continual ups and downs, and the Maroon and White Faithful-who seemed to still be recovering from an emotional hangover from the UGA game, looked for something to cheer for. Yall have read the different newspapers game stories, so I'm not going to bore you with that. But, what I will do, is give you my game notes from Saturday.

(1) Chris Relf 2.0-It's becoming more and more apparent that Chris Relf is developing into an SEC QB. MSU was not staring across the line of scrimmage at the likes of UF and Bama on Saturday, but the kid is almost doing everything right. Relf has really cleaned up his throws, throwing a cleaner ball than ever. His timing has definitely improved, which gives any QB the best chance to hit their intended WR while open. I think the coaches are getting more comfortable with calling passing plays that attack the opposing defenses at the second level, when Relf is in. His passes up the middle are improving (hitting guys in stride), but his strength is still getting the ball to receivers outside the hashes. I really liked his decisions and footwork when pressured by UGA, but he clearly got too comfortable in the pocket vs Alcorn. But, who can blame him? Anyway, I really agreed with the Mullen's plan to protect him on Saturday, limiting his runs, while letting him get some passing game work in. Relf finished 11-15, for 209 yards, and 2 TDs.

(2) Tyler Russell- Let me explain what the coaches are trying to do with Russell, that isn't working. Besides about 6 or 7 of the play calls that were dialed up for Tyler, just about all the other ones limited his options. By giving Russell fewer options, the Offensive coaches think that they are minimizing the amount of possible mistakes a young QB could make. But, fewer options, as in just 3 WRs on some plays, quickly turns into a numbers game, which means throwing into double coverage for Tyler. So, in trying to minimize mistakes, the coaches have maximized them. His football IQ, and passing ability really doesn't require trimming the Offense to fit him, especially against Alcorn. With that said, Tyler really has to put separation between his WRs and the Defense. Either put it out in front of your guy, or stretch the deep ball more horizontally. Anything to give your guy a step. Russell completed 8-14 passes, for 127 yards, and one poorly thrown INT.

(3) The Offense is MUCH Improved-Ever since the Bulldogs left the Auburn and LSU games in the past, the Offense has a whole has played better. The past 2 weeks, Relf and Russell have connected on 27 of 42 passes, for 471 yards, and 3 TDs. And, the MSU ground game has posted 406 yards, and 6 TDs. The OL which struggled through the opening stretch of the 2010 season, has since only given up 2 sacks and 2 QB hurries. The WRs are looking good as well, and 7 of 11 on 3rd down ain't bad. Give me a little more of WRs Chris Smith and Sam Williams.

(4) Defense still has some questions- Having a bend but don't break mentality can be a good thing. But, having that mindset vs Alcorn State? I was really disappointed with the Defenses' performance on Saturday. Diaz's group gave up 330 total yards, 16 points, 5.2 yards per play, and failed to force a turnover. We gave their WRs too much cushion, allowing variations of the WR screen, and gave up way too many big plays. State allowed 3 runs for 10+ yards, 2 of those for 20+, and 1 for 70+. In Defending the pass, MSU allowed 6 passes for 10+ yards, 2 for 20+, and 1 for 50+. The Bulldogs did have 4 Sacks, and 4 more QB Hurries. Either way, not the kind of performance you want to post against Alcorn. I know that game experience is valuable, and these games just happen to be the perfect opportunities to get some guys in, but we subbed in 2nd and 3rd string combinations way to early. 24 different Dawgs, saw the field for Diaz. It also seemed that we were very thin behind the DL, possibly from over blitzing. If it weren't for a few diving ankle tackles for KJ Wright and others, Alcorn could have easily put up more yards and points. It seemed as if every time we blitzed one direction, the Braves sealed off the edge or middle crease, and it was off to the races, if not for some great plays on D. The QB run for 78 yards, was embarrassing. Nickoe Whitely and about 3 other Bulldogs, bit on one of the worst juke moves I've ever seen, and took pitiful angles in their pursuit. I still think the SWAC officials gave Alcorn the TD catch in the back of the endzone, such a questionable call. No way a guy catches a ball, and kicks the pylon (which is a yard and a half out of bounds) immediately, and can be ruled inbounds. Either way, we shouldn't have been in that situation to begin with. So, going into Week 6, Diaz STILL has work to do. Houston is not an easy place to win, but thank goodness we'll be facing their 3rd string QB (more on that later).

(5) Clarity at RB-Last week, I stated that Vick Ballard had set himself apart as our #1 RB. After this week, there's no doubt. Ballard has run for 196 yards over the past 2 weeks, with 5 TDs. Do your math, that's 8.9 yards per carry. Vick is the closest thing we have to a Dixon style back, runs the ball extremely hard, looks for contact, and has the speed to find the second level, and bust a big one. Sound familiar? As far as some other issues that have been clarified at RB, #1 Robert Elliot is done, and #2 LaDarius Perkins is still not being used correctly. If you watch Perkins, you have no doubt in your mind that he is talented, and extremely quick, but he is a guy that needs the ball in the open field. He busted off a nice 30 yarder vs Alcorn on a read play, but can we please throw the kid a screen, or a shovel pass? I'm about as bothered by this, as I am the Defense's situation-week in and week out.

(6) Special Teams, still shaky- First of all, the Leon Berry KR for a TD (98yds), NICE. Berry now has 3 in his 2 yr career at MSU. It's about time our return game showed some life. But a missed FG, and a ANOTHER kick off out of bounds...unacceptable. Kudos to Heath Hutchins, 42 yard average on 2 punts.

(7) 2 words...Chad Bumphis- The former Tupelo WR got 4 carries out of the 'Wild Bumphis' package, for 38 yards (9.5 avg). Bumphis also caught 9 passes for 133 yards and 2 TDs (15 yd avg). I know that most of our opponents focus on Bumphis, especially SEC teams, but we have to continue to get creative with how we get him the ball. Will we see passes soon?

-Officiating was ridiculous. We had 9 penalties for 75 yards, and we are the least penalized team in the SEC. We made plenty of mistakes, but I'm referring to the No Calls. Alcorn's OL held all day, which would have negated half of their big plays. Thanks SWAC.

-Alcorn had the ball for at least 8 minutes of each quarter.

-After calling an almost perfect game vs UGA, Les Koenning was back to his old ways again. Throwing on 3rd and 1, and then not pick up the first on 4th down?!?

-Second time this season that we have held an opponent scoreless in 2nd half.

-Quotable: "We came out a little flat. We didn't play with the emotion and the passion we played with last week. The stadium felt that way, our fans, players, coaches, we've got to do a much better job getting them up and going." - Mullen


Anyway, your thoughts on the Alcorn game?

______SEC News_______

UF blew their chances at Bama? Is Bama that good? Link

When is the last time UGA lost 4in a row? Dawgs fall to Buffs. Link

UK gives away game at Ole Miss. Here's a look at all the mistakes. Link

Les Miles sucks at time management. Tigers luck out vs UTLink

32 Reasons to love or hate the SEC. Cowbells are #12! Link

MSU receives 5 votes for Top 25. Link

Your thoughts on the Alcorn game, and how the SEC is shaking up?

]]> (Brett Holloway) September Mon, 04 Oct 2010 01:00:02 +0000
NCAA Denies Masoli, Mullen Chooses Captains, & Will MSU be the "Most Improved" SEC Team in 2010?

masoli2Let's get this out of the way. As we all know by now, Jeremiah Masoli was denied his waiver to play at Ole Miss yesterday. Rebel officials are doing their best to appeal the NCAA's ruling, and working diligently, since the season kicks off on Saturday. The Rebels could receive their answer within a week, and for their sake, by Friday.

You know what disgusts me every time Summer rolls around? It's going by ESPN's NCAA College Football page, clicking on the headlines section, and continually reading the word 'SUSPENDED'. And, that applies to any player, on any team, including MSU. If you go by ESPN right now, and just survey the headlines around the conference blogs, you will see these headlines:

  • An NCAA ruling in the South Carolina hotel mattercould come as early as Tuesday. Defensive backs Akeem Auguste and C.C. Whitlock are the most likely players to receive suspensions, reports Travis Haney of The Charleston Post and Courier.
  • Georgia coach Mark Richt suspended sophomore running back Washaun Ealey for at least a game following Ealey's arrest early Friday morning on charges of hit and run and driving on a suspended license.
  • Good luck trying to figure out who might be suspended and who might not for North Carolina on Saturday. They might travel, and they might dress. Or, they might not. What a mess.
  • Barring a suddenly dropped sexual assault charge, Missouri will take the field on Saturday without one of its team captains and its leading rusher for the past two seasons, running back Derrick Washington
  • Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy did not say specifically whether defensive end Jamie Blatnick or safety Victor Johnson will play in Saturday's opener against Washington State.Blatnick pleaded guilty last week to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault and battery after initially being charged with a felony. Johnson has been charged with marijuana possession, obstruction of an officer and driving under the influence. Neither player is listed as a starter for Saturday. 

All this, without mentioning USC's Reggie Bush, Dwight Dasher's recent gambling spree, bar fights in Knoxville, and the list could go on. But, I'm sick of it. College Football has to be cleaned up. Now in all these cases, do we know all the details? No. Are all of these cases involving players who committed their first offenses? In some cases, not so in some. Either way, the Masoli issue should be a no-brainer. I'm not going to waste my time going over everything the kid has done wrong, but rather simply state the fact that if you get suspended from one school for your actions and behavior, then you should not be allowed entrance to 'play' at another university. Should he be allowed his right to an education? Yes, without a doubt, but this is not the issue and we all know it. It's about football. Masoli had Heisman hopes for 2010, a Pac 10 Champion caliber team returning, and a 'possible' NFL future, but he couldn't keep his nose clean. We aren't talking about Strike 1 here, or Strike 2, but Strike 3. The bottom line, is that the NCAA could not only take the steps to clean up the 'player' side of college football, but 'their' side of it as well, starting with the Masoli issue. Implementing a "2 birds with 1 stone" approach, could redefine the standards that NCAA athletes are held to and the standards the NCAA itself would be held to, if they use the Masoli case to set a precedent. If the NCAA approves the waiver appeal, then that would be no different than slapping Oregon in the face, and ruling the university 'powerless'. In Masoli's case, he shouldn't pick up a college football ever again, but if he does, it should be after a year of suspension. I don't have all the answers, but I would strongly recommend a 2 strike, 'subjective'- "Out the Door" policy. I know these kids are young, I know they face a million temptations, but they are looked up to by almost every kid within driving distance of their respective schools, and they are offered something that not many kids get offered in their lifetime...a free education. The NCAA must make individual school rulings such as Oregon's, universal across the board, when applying to a particular player. The kid changed schools, but that doesn't mean that his past is undone now. Clean up the NCAA, it's players, and the NCAA's practices, with the Masoli case. It doesn't matter if their jersey is Maroon or Navy, that's the way I see this whole situation. I believe in forgiveness in every area of life, but there are consequences that follow forgiveness.

NCAA's exact words on the decision: "In its decision, the staff noted the student-athlete was unable to participate at the University of Oregon based on his dismissal from the team, which is contrary to the intent of the waiver. The waiver exists to provide relief to student-athletes who transfer for academic reasons to pursue graduate studies, not to avoid disciplinary measures at the previous university."

Also, I have to give out a Dog Bone to Benza for his comment yesterday: "This Masoli deal is about the worst case scenario for TSUN. It showed Nutt's lack of confidence in Stanley, came in and took a bunch of practice reps from Stanley/Mackey, and now that's all null and void." I know that Stanley is a team player, but you gotta admit, the kid is smiling ear to ear right now.

Thoughts & Comments?


_____MSU News______

Dan Mullen has officially named his Captains: LB Chris White, LB KJ Wright, OL Derek Sherrod, and DL Pernell McPhee.

On his choices: "In the second year in the program it’s a lot easier to name captains, because they understand what the leadership is about, what our players are expected to do, and what we’re looking for in a team." On his Defensive picks for Captain: "Hopefully we’ll be pretty good on defense! I just think it shows some of the leadership there. And we’re still young offensive team, and trying to find some of that leadership on offense. Sometimes a lot of the younger players need to step-up into those roles and hopefully down the road they’ll develop that way.” On practice yesterday: "A good day today out there. We set everything coming into the week of where everybody was going to be, where they are going to play, and that hasn’t really changed for us." On why he has been secretive the past few days: “I don’t like anybody having information on us. What we do within our team, we want to prepare our way and get our players ready to play. That’s real important to us. Information, what other people have — I’m really not that interested in what they get to find out about us.”

Chris Low picks the Bulldogs to be the "Most Improved" SEC team in 2010. I agree. And, according to my prediction for the Dawgs, I have us improving by a +3 win margin in 2010. Improvement on offense and defense, a strong special teams unit, and the fact that everyone else in the SEC will finish where they did last year or worse, points to MSULink to Video


_____SEC & NCAA News_____

Article on Masoli. Link

Mark Ingram injured in practice. Link  How bad does this hurt Bama, if he doesn't return until mid-season or so?

They were leaving, then staying, and now they are leaving again. BYU to leave MWC. Link

Nike is bringing in some more teams for a Nike make-over. Alabama is joining Florida, Boise State, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon State, TCU, Virginia Tech and West Virginia in 2010.

Pre-Snap Read, picks Boise State as 2nd in the Nation. They'll think twice Monday night. I'm really starting to think the author of that site is high half the time. Link


_____Fantasy Leagues_____

ESPN  College Pick Em's. Link   Password: Imabulldog1245

ESPN  College Football Challenge. Link   Password: Imabulldog1245

ESPN  NFL Fantasy League.  Link   Password: Imabulldog1245

I used All Things Maroon, in all of the Group Names. Pick Em's-is 10 NCAA games a week, with confidence points. CFB Challenge- pick college players for the week, as you would with the NFL league. Our league will be SEC players only, which should make it interesting. The NFL league-is the usual Fantasy set up, and the on-line draft will be Sunday afternoon @ 3:00pm. 20 team max in this one, invite a friend if you like.

Enjoy Boys! Let me know if you are joining, so I know if this is worth your time...


]]> (Brett Holloway) August Wed, 01 Sep 2010 04:27:29 +0000
Round Table Predictions: 2010 College Football; Does Masoli Make Ole Miss Better? jeremiah-masoliHey guys, just wanted to kick things off by posting my 2010College Football predictions. This is a roundtable discussion, set up by the South Carolina boys, over at the Many of us are just making our predictions public, and wanted to know what you guys thought as well. So, here we go, everything from Conference Champs, to your pick to win the Heisman.Here's mine...

I. Prediction to win each Conference:

  • ACC- VT
  • Big 10- The OSU
  • Big 12- Oklahoma
  • Big East- West Virginia
  • Conference USA- Houston
  • MAC- Temple
  • Mountain West-TCU
  • Pac 10- Oregon State
  • SEC- UF
  • Sun Belt- Troy
  • WAC- Boise State (Praying for Fresno State)

II. Preseason Heisman Choice:

  • Terrelle Pryor (OSU)- The media is always dying to hand something to Ohio State, and it will be his award to lose from the start. Pryor is an amazing talent, and really came into his own last season, especially during a Rose Bowl trouncing of favored Oregon.

III. Preseason 2010 BCS Champions

  • UF Gators- Link to my 2010 UF Preview & Prediction, which explains why I think the Gators will find their way back to the top.

Here's what the Subwaydomer thinks. (Notre Dame Blog) Link

As a Bulldog fan, I am quite concerned about Jeremiah Masoli's enrollment at Ole Miss. I've asked for yalls' opinions over the past few days, but here is mine. Masoli could personally SAVE Ole Miss. Now, what do I mean by that? First off, let me go ahead and get any idea of homerism out of the way. I realize that I love and write about an MSU team that finished 5-7 last year, and now I'm writing about and addressing an Ole Miss team that has had consecutive 9 win seasons, and Cotton Bowl victories. With all that aside, I feel that MSU has Ole Miss right where they want them. Mullen has re-energized the Maroon fanbase, he whipped Ole Miss in last year's Egg Bowl, he is recruiting like crazy, and it appears that MSU will dethrone Ole Miss possibly this year. On top of that, Ole Miss' Jevan Snead's early departure and Cotton's exit, leaves OM with 2 inexperienced QB's. A young Off. Line, hopes to lead what will be a run-heavy offense, and OM is starved for WR's. Besides the fact that OM's front 7 on D will be sufficient, there are question marks. Houston Nutt has never raised the level of any QB he has ever coached, to the 'next level'. When it comes to recruiting, Nutt has never had to battle an in-state school for recruits, and now he has to. His offenses are usually run centered, with some razzle-dazzle. It seems that this year, the razzle-dazzle will not be enough, and OM ends up a 7 win team. With those 7 wins, OM would be surpassed by MSU's decent 2010 season, the in-state recruiting war would favor State, and MSU enters 2011 with as much momentum as they entered 2010 with.  Enter:Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli entrance gives OM a completely different forecast and hopes. The incoming QB adds a duel threat to OM's offense, with a decent arm and a playmaker's feet. "IF" Masoli is in shape, and plays for the majority of the 2010 season, then the Rebels are automatically a 9 win or better team. OM would continue their streak of 9 win seasons, the recruiting edge might shift, and the potential to re-stock the shelves in Oxford would be there. I know one thing, this an extremely pivotal year in this rivalry. One thing that might benefit State and other SEC foes, is that Masoli will be trying to get in shape and conditioning,while trying to learn the Rebel offense at the same time. If he looks anything like he did in his court photos, Masoli better call Jared at Subway. Who knows, he may be in shape and ready to go, but I can't see how a kid who has had his future 'up in the air' for the past few months, would be physically ready for the SEC. Will say this, yall that know me, know I pull for Oregon when it comes to the Pac 10. Masoli was one of my favorite players to watch last year, but his actions over the past 6 months has made him one of my least favorite players. I always hope people can straighten their lives out, and get back on the right track. But this guy getting back on the right track for himself, could mean so much more for Ole Miss continuing their successful run.

Does Masoli, (if healthy) make Ole Miss immediately better? More wins with him at QB?masoli

Chris Low picks the 3 positions that the SEC is loaded at. Link

Lowalso writes about Ole Miss recruiting. It hinges on Masoli. Recruits aren't coming to a 7 win Reb team, with MSU on the rise. Link

Low on "OUR" MSU QB's. Link

Here's a link on Masoli, if you want to pretend that he's not 'that bad' of a guy. Link

Tubbs,want his 2004 Auburn team to recieve the Nat'l Championship. I agree. Link

Jake at the Ole Miss Blog, gives think Masoli would turn the SEC West on their head. Link

That's all I got Crackuhs, have a great Friday....




]]> (Brett Holloway) July Fri, 30 Jul 2010 02:39:44 +0000
Final Post, Saying Goodbye, and Thank You rebmaroonWell guys, it's somewhat of a bittersweet day for me.

2 and a half years ago, I set out to provide MSU fans (such as myself) a place where they could voice their opinions about MSU and SEC sports, while at the same time- connecting with those fans. As many of you know, this vision was the result of Gregg Ellis leaving the Daily Journal. Ellis did an amazing job for the Tupelo-based paper and created an environment that was second to none when it came to blogging. People logged on and shared their reactions to games and the most recent story lines, and somewhere in the midst of all his reporting duties and deadlines, Ellis found a way to connect almost individually with his readers. My intentions were nothing more than that. All Things Maroon (in my mind) was to be a platform where we could share insight, vent, celebrate, and connect.

I can't tell yall how much I appreciate your presence on the blog, whether it was back on the old Wordpress website or here on the Bloguin network. You guys were the reason I followed through with the vision and you were also the reason it continued for almost 3 years. Fast forward to today and what the near future holds, and I can't see where I will have the time to continue to devote myself to the blog- as I have in the past. In the fall, my job will become much more demanding and the wife and I are expecting our first little Bulldog on October 9th. Changes are indeed ahead. I figure that now is as good a time as ever to hang things up, before I get caught up in the momentum of Spring Football and all the hype the summer will bring- leading into the 2011 season. So, I'm gonna take this small window of down-time to step away for good. It's gonna be tough, trust me. Just about every week day, I look forward to seeing what's going on with you guys and finding out what yall have to say about MSU and SEC related topics. But as of tomorrow, I'll start missing that interaction.

When I look across the names Buzzard, Carwest, Anderson, Sfwm, JBuzz, Markillas, Jared B, Dawg Pound Rock, More Cowbell, Mathiston, Benza, and all the other names come to mind, it's great to know that each and every one of you guys share the same passion for MSU and SEC sports that I do and that it's people of your caliber that represent the school we all love so much. I'm blessed to have come away from this experience with friends. I can name some of your kids, hometowns, and even pets. We've shared everything from preseason predictions, the birth of our children, prayer requests, extra ticket announcements, political and religious beliefs, and even advice on how to pick out the perfect wedding ring. To me, this has all been special. I appreciate every comment, link, agreement, and even the critcism, corrections, and disagreements. You guys have been awesome. I wish I could continue the blog, but deep down I know that more of my time needs to be spent elsewhere, and that realization makes it easier to walk away.

My wife has been amazing throughout this whole process, allowing me and encouraging me to do this for this long. So, I can't thank her enough.

In closing, I feel that our Athletic Program is in the best hands we could imagine. An absolute professional and diehard Bulldog is our AD, we have the best coach in all of college football leading our team, Cohen is the real deal, and Stansbury...well, I guess he's done something right for the last 13 years. Our university has a BRIGHT future and I'm dang proud to be a Bulldog! 

If you'd like to keep up with me in the future, my email address is (just the way it's spelled). And if you have any interest in continuing this blog as the new author, contact me as well. I guess you'll find me on the Clarion Ledger site from time to time and maybe even on the Daily Journal. If you would like, email me, and who knows, maybe we can still chat about our Dawgs from time to time. I'll leave this post up for a few days, just so everyone can say goodbye and know what's going on.

Once again, I can't thank yall enough. And in the words of MSU's Jack Cristil, "may God's richest blessings be on you and your family." This is Imabulldog (Brett Holloway), signing off.

P.S. - We will see MSU play for a Nat'l Championship in Football and Baseball before we die guys...and most importantly, make sure that everyday, you're GRINDIN' FOR YOUR STATE!

]]> (Brett Holloway) December Mon, 28 Mar 2011 03:59:59 +0000
2010 Miss. State Stat Break Down: Bulldogs Progress Again Under Mullen (Brett Holloway) November Tue, 30 Nov 2010 03:14:36 +0000 UK vs Miss. State: Stat Match Up, Rodney Hood Commits to MSU, SEC News One thing Jack Cristil always says about this week's match up, is that it's going to be a "Cat & Dawg fight!" That statement is probably the best way to describe the battle between the MSU Bulldogs, and their annual East rival, theUK Wildcats. #21 MSU (6-2) is riding a 5 game winning streak, while UK (4-4) enters the contest as losers of 4 of their last 5. Both teams have different resumes, and both teams are definitely experiencing different emotions here in Week 9. As I mentioned earlier this week, the winner of this game will shed some light on where their teamis headed for the rest of the season. MSU benefits from a bye week in Week 10, and then prepares for what's usually a brutal stretch vs Bama, Arkansas, and Ole Miss. And, the Wildcats began a very favorable end to their 2010 schedule, which features Charleston Southern, Vandy, and UT. Let's take a look at how MSU and UK stack up against each other, and the rest of the nation.

Total Off. 428 ypg(31st) 390 ypg (55th)
RushOff. 147 ypg (47th) 219 ypg (15th)
Pass Off. 280 ypg (23rd) 171 ypg (99th)
Scoring Off. 34 ppg (23rd) 28 ppg (57th)
Total Def. 352 ypg (50th) 335 ypg (35th)
Rush Def. 176 ypg (89th) 118 ypg (27th)
Pass Def. 176 ypg (17th) 217 ypg (70th)
Scoring Def. 31 ppg (98th) 17 ppg (14th)

I've heard of balanced offenses before, but a balanced defense? UK gives up 176 ypg passing and 176 ypg rushing. With that being said, giving up almost 200 rushing yards a game is not necessarily something Joker Phillips would like to brag about. On that same note, I thought we'd chat a little bit about UK's Rush D, which plays right into the hands of MSU's 15th ranked rushing attack (2nd in SEC). The Wildcats are 11th in the SEC in Rushing Defense, and have allowed a league high 22 rushing TDs. The Cats have also allowed5 opposing rushers to eclipse the 100 yd mark. Ole Miss' Brandon Bolden, UF's Trey Burton's 5 TD performance, Auburn's 400 yd rampage, and UGA's Washuan Ealy's career day, are just some of the nightmares Kentucky would like to forget. For the first time this season, MSU's Offense has to be excited about what they are seeing on film from an opponent. MSU's veteran OL, should be able to take advantage of UK's undersized DL, but until the emotion and passion of an SEC game is played out, we won't know. What we do know though, is that MSU has the tools reek havoc on the Wildcat D. Speaking of those tools, here's a list of MSU's top runners heading into Week 9.

  • RB Vick Ballard- 516 yds, 11 TDs, 6.6 avg
  • QB Chris Relf- 428 yds, 2 TDs, 4.0 avg
  • RB LaDariusPerkins- 366, 3 TDs, 5.5 avg
  • WR Chad Bumphis- 16 carries, 118 yds, 7.4 avg

    If that's not enough, UK will also have to keep an eye on WRs Brandon Heavens and Michael Carr, who have gotten quality yardage on some touches out of the backfield. One reason why I think UK's Pass D is ranked 17th nationally, is due to how comfortableopposing teams are in rushing the ball against the Cats. Why should teams pass, when you can protect the football and run, which keeps the ball away from UK's Offense. Their Pass Efficiency Defense, isn't any better than our Defense's, which tells me that if our running game is effective, thentheir will be some holes intheir coverage.

    Your Thoughts?


    _______MSU & UK Injuries Part III_______

    -MSU: RB Vick Ballard, and C JC Brignone are back up to full-speed, and will start vs UK.

    -UK: RB Derrick Lockedid not practice on Wednesday. WRs Chris Matthews, La'Rod King,and Randall Cobb did practice on Wednesday. I'm pretty sure Phillips was just trying rest his star WRs, but in Locke's case, he continues to suffer from stingers.

    -MSU's DB Dennis Thameswill return to action, after serving a one-game suspension during the UAB game week. I wonder if it was because he was dancing like an idiot after the win over UF, rather than respecting the fight song and Alma Mater? Just a thought...


    _______Welcome Aboard Rodney Hood_______

    MSU and Rick Stansbury, picked up one heck of a commitment yesterday, in Rodney Hood. The Meridian native is rated as a 4 Star by some, and a 5 Star by others. Also, Hood is rated asthe #13 SF in the country, and the #21 ranked playeroverall. Great addition to the Basketball team!Here's a link to a video that shows Hood making his decision. You can hear Buzzard's cowbell ringing away. Link

    _______SEC Items_______

    -When's the last time the Cocktail Party featured 2 not so sexy UF and UGA teams? Still, the game couldhave ahand in the East title.Link

    -SEC, school-by-school graduation rates. UT is dead last. Link

    -How's Auburn handling their #1 status? Link

    -Ole Miss tries to avoid big plays vs Auburn. Link

    -Chris Low's list of Best in the SEC so far...LB Chris White & Dan Mullen make the list. Link

    That's it boys, Predictions tomorrow!


    ]]> (Brett Holloway) October Thu, 28 Oct 2010 02:19:34 +0000