Starkville, Miss. -­ Mississippi State head football coach Jackie Sherrill announced Wednesday the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football for the Bulldogs in 2002. Both players will enroll at MSU in January and will be available for spring practice.

Manuel Dickson, OL, 6-4, 290, Greeneville, TN (Greeneville/Georgia Military College) ­ Started at offensive guard for coach Bert Williams at Georgia Military College . . . Helped lead his junior college team to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship this past season, defeating Butler (Kan.) Community College in the title game . . . Played four years of varsity football and started the final three seasons at Greeneville (Tenn.) High School, playing his senior season for head coach Mike Zeller . . . Started both ways for GTS, playing center on offense and tackle on defense . . . Helped his prep team to the state playoffs all four years, including a 12-1 mark and berth in the state quarterfinals as a junior . . . Earned honorable mention all-state and first-team all-region recognition at the center position during his senior campaign.

Will Prosser, WR, 6-3, 205, Starkville, MS (Starkville Academy) ­ Originally signed with Mississippi State in February 2001, but did not enroll in school full-time this past fall. . . Named the Male Athlete of the Year in North AAAA among all private schools following his prep career at Starkville (Miss.) Academy . . . Was the most valuable player in football, basketball and baseball among North AAAA schools and played in each of those three sports' Mississippi Private School Association all-star game . . . Named to the Columbus Commercial Dispatch all-area football team . . . Outstanding three-sport athlete at Starkville (Miss.) Academy for head football coach Steve Morgan . . . Starred in both basketball and baseball, as well as playing both ways in football . . . Started at quarterback during his senior season at Starkville Academy, leading his team to an 8-2 overall record . . . Completed 70-of-124 passes for 1,296 yards and 16 touchdowns . . . Also rushed for 550 yards and six more scores . . . Named first-team, all-conference and all-state in the Mississippi Private Schools Association . . . Credited with running a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash . . . Selected to the Mississippi Private Schools Association All-Star Game, he made a splash at wide receiver . . . Caught seven passes for 126 yards in the all-star tilt . . . Suffered a broken leg late in his sophomore season at Starkville Academy and did not play his junior football season . . . As a sophomore, he completed 85-of-147 passes for 1,024 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushed for 243 yards and five scores, prior to the injury . . . Also starred on the basketball court and on the baseball diamond, earning all-North AAAA honors in both sports . . . Also an honor student in the classroom and in the community . . . Born William Sidney Prosser, 8-2-83 in Hollandale, Miss. . . . Son of Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Prosser . . . Will's uncle J.B. Sims (1974-75) and cousin Stan Sims (1984-87) played football at MSU.

Reprinted with the permission of the MSU Media Relations Department

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