News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 19

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, Volleyball and Men's Golf.

DALLAS (FWAA) - Mississippi State linebacker Chris White has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 16.

White, a 6-4, 245-pound senior from Vancleave, Miss., registered 11 total tackles (nine unassisted), including 4.5 for 20 yards in losses during Mississippi State's 10-7 victory at Florida. White sacked the Florida quarterback twice for minus-16 yards.

The Bulldog defense held Florida to its lowest point total in five years and the Gators to only 25 total yards in the first quarter and 17 rushing yards on 17 attempts in the first half. The win snapped Mississippi State's 16-game losing streak in Gainesville, dating back to 1965.

White will be added to the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 6 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The keynote address will be given by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame's Mike McCoy from the Class of 1969 will receive this year's Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 18.

Each week during the 2010 season the FWAA All-America Committee has selected a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major independents.

Last season, Nebraska tackle Ndamukong Suh won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy during the 15th season the FWAA named a national defensive player of the year.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at or 972-713-6198.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A total of nine Mississippi State football players were chosen to Phil Steele's Midseason All-Southeastern Conference Team, the national publication announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs placed a pair of players on the first team, one on the second team and six on the third team.

Senior offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, twice selected SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week by the conference office, and senior linebacker Chris White, named National and SEC Defensive Player of the Week after State's 10-7 win over Florida, both earned first-team honors.

Senior kick returner Leon Berry, who suffered a leg injury and will miss the remainder of the regular season, was named to the second team.

Third team selections included running back Vick Ballard, wide receiver Chad Bumphis, defensive linemen Fletcher Cox and Pernell McPhee and defensive backs Corey Broomfield and Charles Mitchell.

The publication is scheduled to announce its Midseason All-American Team on Wednesday afternoon.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State plays the first of two Homecoming week volleyball matches at the Newell-Grissom Building Wednesday night when the Bulldogs (10-10, 2-7 SEC) take on SEC Western Division foe Alabama (9-10, 1-8 SEC). First serve is set for 7 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

The match wraps up the first half of the 20-match SEC volleyball schedule for the Bulldogs, who also play host to instate SEC rival and Western Division-leading Ole Miss (14-5, 8-2 SEC) Friday at 7 p.m. "Greek Night" t-shirts and MSU lanyards will be given away in conjunction with Friday's "Pack Newell-Grissom Night" promotion.

State is battling to halt a season-longest four-match losing skid after the Bulldogs dropped straight-sets decisions at No. 21 Tennessee and at defending SEC East champion Kentucky over the weekend. Senior middle blocker Ashley Newsome paced State with 21 kills and seven blocks against the Lady Vols and the Wildcats and ranks second in the SEC with 88 total blocks and an average of 1.24 blocks per set.

MSU's other senior, libero Kayla Woodard ranks third in the SEC with 319 digs and with 1,245 career digs needs 19 digs to move past Jennifer Shupe (1996-1999) into fourth place among MSU's all-time career leaders.

In their last meeting, the Bulldogs registered a 3-0 home court win over Bama, giving State its second win over Alabama at the Newell-Grissom Building and a season-ending three-match SEC home winning streak.

Men's Golf
BATON ROUGE, La. - For the first time this season Lee Heaton was the leader for the Mississippi State men's golf team as the Bulldogs finished 10th at the second annual David Toms Intercollegiate, which was played at the par-72 Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, La.

MSU had its most disappointing round on the final day of the three-round tournament with a team score of 301 bringing its three-round total to a 15-over-par 879.

Host-school, defending champion and ninth-ranked LSU won the tournament for the second straight year while eighth-ranked Arkansas was the runner-up, followed by South Alabama, Middle Tennessee and North Florida rounding out the top 5.

"We had a good opportunity to climb up the leader board going into today's round but we had some poor course management which caused us to slip up," Coach Clay Homan said. "Particularly the back nine is where we played poorly and we have to make better decisions in the future."

Heaton led the Bulldogs while earning a top 25 individual finish with a 54-hole score of 216. Heaton was also State's leader in pars made with 46.

True freshman Chad Ramey was the runner-up in the Bulldog lineup. After firing a disappointing 77 in the opening round Ramey rebounded with two under-par rounds (70-71) to close out the tournament, bringing his three-round total to 218 and a 33rd place finish. Alex Rowland fired consecutive rounds of 73 and closed out the tournament with a 5-over-par third round, finishing in a tie for 46th. Rowland was State's leader in birdies made with 10 through rounds of action.

Sophomore Brad Mason had a disappointing third round which spoiled a solid first and second round showing. Mason was 1-under-par after the first day of the tournament which included a hole-in-one on hole six (par 3) in the second round. Sophomore Robi Calvesbert rounded out the State's lineup with a three-round score of 232.

MSU will cap off the fall season on Oct. 23 when they tee off in the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship.

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