By Myra Bean
The 1-4 Mississippi State Bulldogs are gearing up for its Homecoming matchup with the Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. on the SEC network.
The Bulldogs are coming off its one and only shutout of the season to Alabama, 41-0. The Bulldog defense did its job against the team which scored 63 points against Ole Miss and 52 against Texas A&M.
Either that or Tide head coach Nick Saban said to go easy on the offense which was had been struggling the last three games. That thought really does not hold water as the Bulldogs are trying to find their way back to that first game production.
In his press conference this week, head coach Mike Leach addressed the concerns of the day.
Leach said he has not spoken to Kylin Hill. He just heard that Hill opted out of the program. Tuesday, Hill made it official that he is done as a football Bulldog and will prepare for the NFL draft.
“This has been an incredibly difficult decision, but one that I feel is best for me at this time,” Hill wrote in a graphic tweet. Hill went on to thank past and present coaching staffs, teammates and the fans for supporting him the last three and a half years.
“Mississippi will always be my home. We’ve made history together, both on and off the field, and as we move on to the next level, that work will only continue,” Hill concluded.
As the Bulldogs prepare to face the 0-4 Commodores, eyes are on the ever fluid quarterback situation and the true freshmen who are getting some playing time for the Bulldogs. Leach was excited that the team has not given up and is showing enthusiasm to finish the rest of the season.
Leach said there is a 50-50 chance of Will Rogers getting the starting nod for Saturday as K. J. Costello is healing from injuries he incurred against Alabama.
The Bulldogs will don throwback uniforms featuring the Flying M logo, which was used throughout the late 60s and early 70s to recognize State’s close ties to the United States’ space program and aerospace and aeronautics research.