News from MSU Media Relations--June 18

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, Track & Field, Baseball, Softball and Soccer.

STARKVILLE - In April, a camera crew from Fox Sports spent nearly a week behind-the-scenes with Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldog football team leading up to the Maroon-White Game and Super Bulldog Weekend. The finished product can be seen today as the show - "Under the Lights with Mississippi State Football" " will premiere at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on SportSouth.

The show will also re-air at 9 p.m. this evening, 8 p.m. Sunday (June 21), 10 p.m. Tuesday (June 23) and 6 p.m. next Thursday (June 25). Following this afternoon's first run of the show on SportSouth, fans can also see the show in its entirety on the Mississippi State official athletic department website –

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen and his staff will host the 2009 Ladies Football Clinic on Saturday, June 20, and more than 150 women have already signed up to take part in the day-long event.

"We're excited to have such a good early registration, but there's still plenty of room available," Mullen said. "This should be a really fun-filled, hands-on day of learning the same techniques and strategies that we use to instruct our players."

The clinic will begin with registration in the Palmeiro Center at 8 a.m. followed by coaching and interaction with Mullen, assistant coaches and players. There will also be question-and-answer sessions with Megan Mullen and other coaches' wives, current coaches and players. Participating ladies will also receive on-field instruction and a behind-the-scenes look at the locker room and other football facilities.

More information is available online at or by calling the Football Office at 662-325-2534.

Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State placed six track and field athletes on the 2009 USTFCCCA All-American team, MSU coach Al Schmidt announced on Monday.

On the men's side, freshman D'Angelo Cherry and Junior Dwight Mullings received all-American status in two events. Cherry, a native of Jonesboro, Ga., was recognized for his achievements in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay, while Mullings, a product of Jamaica, was noted for the 4x100 relay and 400-meter dash.

Justin Christian and John Bailey joined them on the 4x100-meter relay team, which finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend after clocking a school-record time of 39.06.

Also tabbed all-American was sophomore Emanuel Mayers, who garnered his accolade following his time of 50.06 in the 400-meter hurdles.

On the women's side, senior Marrissa Harris of Memphis joined Cherry and Mullings as a multiple winner, earning all-American honors in the 100-meter hurdles and the heptathlon.

She scored the Lady Bulldogs' lone point at the NCAAs, where she finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles. In the heptathlon, she placed 10th with a school-record 5,625 points, breaking her old mark of 5,600 set in 2008 when she won the SEC title.

"These awards were earned for what they did on the track," said Schmidt, whose men's team finished tied for 17th at the NCAAs. "No one votes on them. You have to go out and earn them yourself. I'm very proud of each one for what they accomplished. They are all very deserving and great ambassadors for our university."


D'Angelo Cherry: 100-meter dash
Emanuel Mayers: 400-meter hurdles
Dwight Mullings: 400-meter dash
4x100-meter relay team of John Bailey, D'Angelo Cherry, Justin Christian and Dwight Mullings


Marrissa Harris: 100-meter hurdles, heptathlon

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Thirty-two student-athletes and three student managers from Mississippi State University's 2009 baseball team have been nominated for varsity letters by MSU head baseball coach John Cohen.

The 2009 letterman's list features nine seniors and one four-time letter-winner, senior pitcher Chad Crosswhite of Brandon, Miss.

Earning letters this year are: seniors Johnny Allen (2nd), Chad Crosswhite (4th), Scott DeLoach (2nd), Mark Goforth (3rd), Nick Hardy (3rd), Grant Hogue (2nd), Brooks Lewis (3rd), Lee Swindle (2nd) and Jared Wesson (2nd); juniors Luke Adkins (1st), Ricky Bowen (3rd), Justin Bussey (1st), Jet Butler (3rd), Ryan Duffy (3rd), Drew Hollinghead (2nd), Greg Houston (3rd), Jarrod Parks (1st), Connor Powers (3rd), Russ Sneed (3rd) and Tyler Whitney (3rd); sophomores Michael Busby (2nd), Ryan Collins (2nd), Cody Freeman (2nd), Jason Nappi (2nd) and Ryan Powers (2nd); and freshmen Brent Brownlee (1st), David Hayes (1st), Devin Jones (1st), Paxton Pace (1st), Frank Rawdow (1st), Caleb Reed (1st) and Nick Routt (1st).

Three student-managers have also been awarded letters - freshman Jonathan Boyd, junior Russ Carter and junior Baron Jones.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University has signed right-handed all-state pitcher Jared Miller of Sumrall, Miss., to a baseball scholarship, head baseball coach John Cohen announced this week.

Miller is a 6-4, 215-pound right-handed pitcher/first baseman who helped lead coach Larry Knight's Sumrall High School Bobcats to a 36-0 mark and a second straight 3A state championship. A two-time all-area and all-district selection, Miller was honored as the Mississippi 3A Player of the Year. Sumrall finished its 2009 season with a No. 8 national ranking by Baseball America.

"Jared has established himself as a winner both on and off the field," said MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson. "He has been trained well at Sumrall High School by one of high school baseball's top pitching coaches, Larry Knight, and brings the potential to be a power arm on our staff. After finishing his career unbeaten, it's easy to see that Jared has a winning mentality."

The right-hander compiled a 24-0 record his last three seasons at SHS, including an 11-0 mark with a 1.66 earned run average in 2009. He paced the Bobcats' pitching staff in 2009 with 106 strikeouts over 67-1/3 innings. Miller was voted team MVP and selected as a Crossroad Diamond Club All-Star. He also posted a .414 batting average and established a school single-season record with 14 home runs.

Miller compiled a 7-0 record with a 3.06 ERA as a junior, helping guide Sumrall High School to a 32-6 record and the 2008 3A state championship, and fashioned a 6-0 pitching mark in 2007.

He is a special honors graduate of SHS, where he was a four-year member of the Beta Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He played summer league baseball in 2008 with the Louisiana Elite team coached by Chad Raley, and this summer with coach Mark Herrington's Hub City Bombers.

Miller is the son of Cindy and Micah Miller of Sumrall, Miss.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State junior catcher Chelsea Bramlett has been named to the United States Softball Women's National Team, and former Bulldog Courtney Bures will represent the U.S. at the Japan Cup, USA Softball announced Monday afternoon.

Bramlett, a three-time NFCA First Team All-American, will represent the U.S. beginning July 4-12 in the prestigious Canada Cup in Surrey, British Columbia.

Following her international softball debut, Bramlett will travel with the Red, White and Blue squad to Oklahoma City where it will vie for a third-straight KFC World Cup of Softball championship. The July 16-20 event will be broadcast in over 140 countries by ESPN.

The Cordova, Tenn., native will close out her first international experience July 31-Aug. 9, playing in the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela.

Bures, a two-time NFCA all-American during her MSU career (2005-08), will travel to Sendai, Japan, as part of the Team USA contingent that will participate in the Japan Cup.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for both Chelsea and Courtney to represent their country on an international stage," MSU and USA National Team head coach Jay Miller said. "They are very deserving of this honor, and I look forward to being able to watch them represent Mississippi State and the United States this summer."

Bramlett earned the selection following a 2009 campaign in which she led the Southeastern Conference in batting average and stolen bases. The First Team All-SEC catcher's school-record 54 steals also topped NCAA Division I. Bramlett took over the career lead in both batting average and steals this season en route to helping MSU to an eighth NCAA Tournament appearance.

Bures' Japan Cup squad selection will be her second time to represent the United States. The Haymarket, Va., native, who finished her stellar four-year Mississippi State career tops in RBI, played under Miller on the 2006 World University Games team that won the gold medal in Taiwan.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Eight home matches and an 11-game Southeastern Conference slate highlight Mississippi State's 2009 women's soccer schedule announced this week by head coach Neil Macdonald.

The Bulldogs open the 2009 campaign Aug. 23, hosting NCAA Tournament competitor Mississippi Valley State in a 1 p.m. match at the MSU Soccer Field.

State will also host Troy and East Tennessee State Sept. 11 and 13, respectively, before closing out the non-conference portion of the schedule with a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., to meet North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast.

"This is going to be a challenging schedule with almost half of our matches coming against teams that went to the NCAA Tournament last season," Macdonald said. "We are facing some very good clubs in the non-conference season, and their differing styles of play will help prepare us for an always-challenging SEC schedule. Our team made tremendous strides during the spring, and with a talented group of freshman coming in, we are very excited heading into the season."

MSU kicks off the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule Sept. 25 and 27, hosting Western Division foes Auburn and Alabama, respectively.

Macdonald's squad remains at home the next weekend, welcoming Sweet 16 participant Florida on Oct. 2 and another NCAA Tournament team, South Carolina, on Oct. 4.

Following the four-match home stand to open SEC play, the Bulldogs hit the road for matches against Tennessee (Oct. 9), Georgia (Oct. 11), Arkansas (Oct. 16), LSU (Oct. 18) and Vanderbilt (Oct. 22).

State hosts Kentucky on Oct. 25 before closing out the regular season at in-state rival Ole Miss (Oct. 30).

The Bulldogs, who return eight starters and 14 letterwinners from last year's squad, play all home matches at the MSU Soccer Field. MSU's Friday home matches begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday's matches kick-off at 1 p.m.


Date - Opponent - Location - Time

Aug. 23 - MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE - Starkville,Miss. - 1 p.m.
Aug. 28 - 1-Jackson State - Oxford, Miss. - 4 p.m.
Aug. 30 - 1-Morehead State - Oxford, Miss. - 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 4 - South Alabama - Mobile, Ala. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 - Northwestern (La.) State - Natchitoches, La. - 2 p.m.
Sept. 11 - TROY - Starkville, Miss. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 - EAST TENNESSEE STATE - Starkville, Miss. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 18 - 2-North Florida - Jacksonville, Fla. - 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 - 2-Florida Gulf Coast - Jacksonville, Fla. - 11 a.m.
Sept. 25 - *AUBURN - Starkville, Miss. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 - *ALABAMA - Starkville, Miss. - 1 p.m.

Oct. 2 - *FLORIDA - Starkville, Miss. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 - *SOUTH CAROLINA - Starkville, Miss. - 1 p.m.
Oct. 9 - *Tennessee - Knoxville, Tenn. - 6 p.m.
Oct. 11 - *Georgia - Athens, Ga. - 12 p.m.
Oct. 16 - *Arkansas - Fayetteville, Ark. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 - *LSU - Baton Rouge, La. - 1 p.m.
Oct. 22 - *Vanderbilt - Nashville, Tenn. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 - *KENTUCKY - Starkville, Miss. - 1 p.m.
Oct. 30 - *Ole Miss - Oxford, Miss. - 7 p.m.

Nov. 4-8 - SEC Tournament - Orange Beach, Ala.

Nov. 13-15 - NCAA First & Second Rounds - TBA
Nov. 20-22 - NCAA Third Round - TBA
Nov. 27-29 - NCAA Quarterfinals - TBA
Dec. 4-6 - NCAA Final Four - College Station, Texas

All Times Central
* - Denotes Southeastern Conference Match
1 - Ole Miss Nike Invitational (Oxford, Miss.)
2 - North Florida Tournament (Jacksonville, Fla.)

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