Dear Remains in Mississippi State Fold

Murrah product Malik Dear is having the kind of season that most players only dream of. Dear, an expected Mr. Football candidate, is running over and around the competition. Murrah remains undefeated headed into this weekend's contest with 6A heavyweight Madison Central.

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"Our preparations and practices this week have been a lot of fun," said Dear. "We have just been focusing on what we need to do to get better and to get ready for the game.

"We are just trying to worry about what we need to do and not about who we have to play."

While Dear is racking up some huge numbers this fall, he is enjoying being able to share the load with some of his teammates.

"When some teams overplay me, it opens up more opportunities for other players on my team," said Dear. "I am enjoying just playing my role and just helping the team.

"We're having a lot of fun this season and our defense has played great."

Dear committed to Mississippi State several month ago and the four star standout remains firm.

"I hear from Coach (Greg) Knox at least every other day," said Dear. "He is always letting me know what is going on up there and what they're doing.

"I am excited about getting up there."

Dear will make his second game day visit of the season to Starkville this weekend.

"I went to the Southern Miss game and I am going this weekend," said Dear. "You know Mississippi State is going to win this weekend.

"It's going to be a good game, but Mississippi State's defense is just crazy.

"On offense, it's just so hard to stop Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson. You can prepare for them, but they do such a good job playing together it makes them tough to defend.

"Anytime you have a big, athletic quarterback like Prescott it just makes your offense, so much more dangerous.

"If you play up on them, then they will just run the play action to one of the big receivers down the field.

"They are really hard to defend."

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