Mordecai to Follow in Father's Footsteps

Michael Mordecai has developed into one of the top kickers in the state of Mississippi. As it turns out, Mordecai has a good chance of being one member of a very talented freshmen trio in Starkville, Mississippi next fall. Earlier this month, Michael made the decision to be a Bulldog.

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Michael is the son of former Mississippi State standout Art Mordecai who played in the mid 1980s.

To say the younger Mordecai was baptized Bulldog would be putting it mildly.

"I have heard my dad talk about his time at Mississippi State all of my life," said Michael. "It seems like everyday something comes up and he will talk about his playing days there.

"We always go to the games and he is always at the Alumni tent talking to his old teammates and a lot of the other players who have played at Mississippi State.

"It means a lot to me that in a few years, I will be out there doing the same thing."

After an in home visit with Coach Dan Mullen, Michael elected to accept a preferred walk-on spot at Mississippi State.

"Coach Mullen came and he stayed a lot longer than I expected," said Mordecai. "He stayed about three hours and he was real friendly.

"He talked with my family and he told me that he wanted me to come to State as a walk on and do the punting.

"He said that he wanted me to specialize in punting, but that me, Evan (Sobiesk) and Devon (Bell) would all back each other up if we all came.

"He told me to come on up for an official visit either the 20th or 27th. We didn't talk a lot about that, but he said to just let them know when I wanted to come."

Michael is excited about the possibility of three talented kickers from the state of Mississippi handling the kicking duties for four years together.

"I think it's a great thing because you need some young talent to keep winning," said Mordecai. "It sets up pretty good for us too because some of the other kickers will be graduating pretty soon."

The chance to be a Bulldog is a dream come true for Michael and is excited about getting to Starkville and be a part of it all.

"I went to all of the home games this year except for the South Carolina game," said Mordecai. "It's already started to set in that I will be on the team next year.

"I think we're going to be real good next year. We have a lot of great players coming back and Tyler Russell will be back to guide the offense.

"I am real excited about the future."

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