News from MSU Media Relations--August 9

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football & Tennis.

Football
STARKVILLE, Miss. - A 30-minute pre-season show spotlighting the 2007 Mississippi State football Bulldogs will air several times during the coming weeks on Atlanta-based Fox Sports Net South and SportSouth, the networks have announced.

The Bulldog preview will air beginning Thursday night, Aug. 9, on FSN South at 6:30 p.m. CT. It will be shown again Friday at 9:30 a.m. CT on SportSouth and 12 noon on FSN South. The segment will also be telecast Tuesday, Aug. 14, Thursday, Aug. 16, Monday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 26, all on SportSouth.

The show was shot on the campus and will feature highlight footage from the 2006 season with a look ahead at the 2007 schedule. Exclusive interviews with head football coach Sylvester Croom and selected players will also be included in the broadcast.

Wednesday brought the first of three two-a-day practices for the Bulldogs, and the morning session left a lot to be desired, Croom said. State worked for more than two and one-half hours, about 30 minutes longer than scheduled, but, despite the extended time period, the head coach could not get the level of practice from his charges that he wished.

"For us to be a good football team, we've got to be a mentally tough, physical football team," Croom said. "In order to be mentally tough, you've got to go through adversity, like the heat. You've still got be able to execute when your mind tells you to quit. You've got to be able to fight through that."

The Bulldogs worked for two hours during the afternoon session, a workout that was conducted without pads in the Palmeiro Center. It drew a better response from Croom.

"We could be a pretty good football team if we played indoors in our underwear," Croom joked. "We're better, but we're not where we need to be.

"We're a more talented football team, but I knew that going in," Croom said. "But we need some guys to step forward and make us a better football team."


Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's team along with six individuals from the men's and women's squads have earned academic honors awarded by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2006-07 season.

The women's team earned the team award by meeting the required 3.20 GPA for the past academic year. The Lady Bulldogs posted a 3.50 team GPA to garner the ITA award for the 11th consecutive year.

Four members of the women's team and two men's players were honored as ITA Scholar-Athletes. To qualify, a player must hold a 3.50 GPA for the year, be a varsity letterwinner, and have been enrolled at least two semesters at their present school.

On the women's team, Renee Joseph earned the honor for the third consecutive year as she posted a 3.59 GPA. Upcoming juniors Martina Banikova and Tatiana Feit both earned the individual honor for the second-straight year, as they posted 3.87 and 3.79 GPA's respectively. Earning the honor for the first time was Daniela Juskova, who recorded a 3.65 GPA this past season.

Philippe Frayssinoux and Ryan Farlow were honored from the men's team. Both Frayssinoux and Farlow earned the honor for the second time in as many years as Frayssinoux posted a 3.89 GPA, while Farlow finished the year with a 3.91 GPA.


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