News from MSU Media Relations--Nov. 1

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, Men's Tennis, Soccer and Cross Country.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State senior captains Derek Sherrod and Chris White were both recognized for their efforts in the Bulldogs' 24-17 victory over Kentucky by earning Southeastern Conference weekly awards, the league office announced Monday.

Sherrod was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the third time in five weeks after helping the Bulldog offense rush for 214 yards and average 5.5 yards per carry against the Wildcats. State has rushed for more than 200 yards in five consecutive games and have passed the century mark in every game this year (and 20 of 21 games dating back to 2009).

White earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week after posting a career-high 15 tackles with one tackle for loss and one interception. He led a Bulldog defense that held Kentucky to only 89 rushing yards on 43 attempts. White currently ranks third in the conference in tackles, third in tackles for loss and tied for fifth in sacks.

The Bulldogs do not play this weekend, and will resume play on Nov. 13 at Alabama. The conference office announced Monday kickoff is set for 6:15 p.m., and the game will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2.

Men's Tennis
NICEVILLE, Fla. - Three players on the Mississippi State men's tennis team have qualified for the main draw of the Niceville Futures which will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Niceville, Fla.

Juniors George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin and true freshman Malte Stropp each picked up victories on Monday to advance to the main draw of the Niceville Futures.

Coupland won a three-set battle to advance, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Ilyushin who recently worked his way back into the Bulldog lineup after battling an injury in the early fall season won in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-1. Stropp who has been a pleasant addition to the MSU tennis squad won in straight-sets as well, 6-2, 6-4.

Senior Max Gregor claimed the opening set in his qualifying match, 6-4, but dropped the following two sets to be eliminated from competition, 2-6, 1-6.

Main draw action will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and results will be made available at

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State freshman Elisabeth Sullivan has been named the SEC Soccer Freshman of the Week after claiming the winning assist in the Bulldogs' season-ending victory against Ole Miss Friday night.

Sullivan capped a brilliant rookie campaign by finding senior Kat Walsh for the winning goal as Mississippi State defeated the Rebels 2-1 and claimed the Magnolia Cup for the first time since 2005.

"We are very proud of Elisabeth for this honor," MSU head coach Neil Macdonald said. "She has been outstanding all season for us, and we are excited about the potential she has for the future."

Her team-leading fifth assist of the year moved her into eighth in MSU freshman annals. She also posted the fifth-most goals (6) and points (17) by a first-year Bulldog.

Cross Country
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Houston Franks' goal for the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs Monday was to finish in the top half of the SEC Championships.

The MSU coach got his wish as the women, facing their toughest competition to date, placed fifth Monday at Ft. Jackson's Hilton Field, matching their best finish since 2006.

The men, paced by senior Adam Lenz, were seventh, while the Lady Bulldogs were led by sophomores Haley Greenwell (21:16.71) and Renee Masterson (21:23.78). This talented duo continued their impressive one-two punch, finishing 9th and 12th respectively en route to earning All-SEC honors.

Overall, Florida's women and Arkansas' men won their respective events.

"Our girls ran phenomenal today," Franks said. "We were tough as nails. They really got after it, and ran with a lot of confidence. Our goal going in was to finish in the Top 5, and we did. I am very proud of the way the girls ran today."

Kristie Krueger of Georgia crossed the line first on the women's side.

Also placing for MSU were junior Dominique Lockhart (22:08.24) in 38th, with sophomore Chloe Phillips (22:30.22) and freshman Katie Huston (22:30.94) rounding out the Lady Bulldog's Top 5 contingency in 49th and 50th.

On the men's side, Lenz (25:32.85) finished 35th overall, with sophomore Philip Johnson (25:45.78) coming across next in 40th. They were followed by freshmen John Valentine (26:09.16), Nick Perkins (26:10.63) and Juan Sanchez (26:29.17) in 46th, 49th, and 57th respectively.

Ole Miss' Barnabas Kirui finished first for the third time in his career.

"On the men's side, there is a lot of room for improvement, but I think we are headed in the right direction," Franks said. "We are a young team. When you are running with mostly freshmen and sophomores, everything is a learning experience. We have to learn to be more aggressive and take advantage of opportunities in the future."

Next up for the Bulldog cross country squads is the NCAA South Regional Championships at Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 13th.

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