The Bulldogs, who are 1-3 on the
year with losses to
Overall, LSU leads the series 63-33-3.
Likely to be the starting signal caller against LSU is Omarr Conner, who started the first eight games of the 2005 season for the Bulldogs before losing the job to now sophomore Michael Henig.
Henig got the start against
With Henig gone, MSU looked to
redshirt freshman Tray Rutland, who finished out the
Conner, who started in the first three games as a wide receiver, took over the quarterback role against UAB, where he went 14-of-23 for 115 yards. On the season, he has thrown for 356 yards and one interception.
The Bulldogs have yet to score a touchdown through the air.
On the other end of the passing
attack, wide receiver Lance Long has led
Freshman running back Arnil Stallworth led the team in receiving last week with four catches for 30 yards.
MSU's running game has been
anchored this season by true freshman Anthony Dixon. Though he has not started
in any game,
The Bulldog offensive line returns three starters from last season, though two of them are playing at new positions. During the spring, senior Brian Anderson, who has started in 22 straight games, moved from left tackle to right guard, while junior Royce Blackledge made the switch from right guard to center.
Sophomore left guard Anthony Strauder returns to round out the returnees to the line, though he did not play last week against UAB.
New to the line are freshmen tackles Craig Jenkins (redshirt) and true freshman JD Hamilton.
On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs bring back nine starters from last year's squad, including tackles Andrew Powell and Deljuan Robinson and end Michael Heard on the front line. Titus Brown has been the main performer at the other end position thus far.
Robinson leads the line in tackles with 21, while Heard has tallied a team-best three sacks.
The returning linemen combined for 6.5 sacks in 2005.
Perhaps the most experience on the
Through the early part of the season, Culberson has led the team with 36 tackles, including one sack, and has recorded one interception, while Chaney is second with 24 tackles and one forced fumble.
Culberson was also the team leader in tackles last season, finishing the year with 78 tackles.
The MSU secondary features experience in senior free safety Jeramie Johnson and senior cornerback David Heard, both of whom started last season.
Filling the gaps at the other two positions have been sophomores Keith Fitzhugh at strong safety and Derek Pegues at the other corner. Johnson has recorded 22 tackles on the year, while Fitzhugh has tallied 21 and Heard 17. Last season, Johnson tallied 64 tackles, the second-best mark on the team, while he led the way in interceptions with four on the season.
As a team, the Bulldogs have given up 221 yards per game through the air and seven total passing touchdowns, as well as 103.7 yards per game and four touchdowns on the ground. They have been outscored 91-45.
On special teams, sophomore place-kicker Adam Carlson is 1-3 on the year and is 4-4 on extra-point attempts.
Sophomore Blake McAdams has filled the role of punter for the second year. Through four games, McAdams has punted 25 times with an average of 39.3 yards per punt.
Derek Pegues has handled kickoff and punt returns for the Bulldogs, averaging 36 yards per kickoff return, with a long of 61 yards, and 12.4 yards per punt return.