HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Mississippi State Bulldogs finished the 2018 season with a close loss to Iowa in the Outback Bowl and finished the season 8-5 (4-4 in the SEC).
The Bulldogs did get big wins against Auburn and Texas A&M in their first season without head coach Dan Mullen.
Joe Moorhead had a successful first season at the helm winning eight games, which tied a Mississippi State record for most wins in an inaugural season.
But now, Moorhead has the task of replacing defensive studs Jeffery Simmons, Montez Sweat and Johnathan Abram who were all drafted in the first round of this past NFL Draft.
Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald also finished his career in 2018 and a new gunslinger has yet to be named. Moorhead said though that this won’t be the reason if the Bulldogs have a down year.
“We’re reloading, not rebuilding,” Moorhead said.
Tight end Farrod Green will see plenty of action in 2019. He showed promise in his previous three seasons although he only caught one touchdown during that span.
Despite that, Green will be expected to lead the new faces of the Bulldogs, something he says he’s ready for.
“The leadership role is something that I have grown into. It’s different because I am not that vocal, but I am excited to see where it goes,” Green said.
Team Captain and All-SEC Preseason team member Erroll Thompson showed off his skills not only tackling but ball-hawking as well in 2018.
Thompson says he’s excited for the season to start, but one game, in particular, he has his eyes on, the Egg Bowl.
“It is very intense. It is great for the state of Mississippi, and it is great for college football. It is a really fun game to play in,” Thompson said.
Mississippi State defeated Ole Miss 35-3 in last season’s Egg Bowl.
Thompson finished the season second in tackles at 87 and had himself two interceptions making him the only SEC linebacker with that many tackles and multiple picks.
Fellow Team Captain and Bessemer native Darryl Williams was named a Preseason All-American and will likely be a top pick in next year’s NFL Draft as well.
This will be Williams’ third straight season starting on the offensive line.
The cowbells are sure to be jangling this season in Starkville. The Bulldogs start their 2019 season at Louisiana August 31.