On the Links: Thinking Big


In today’s Journal I explored Mississippi State’s lack of big plays this season, and how the Bulldogs hope to improve in that department. And here are some interesting numbers that went with the story – the number of 20-plus-yard plays:

Player: Big plays
TE Marcus Green: 50
WR Jamayel Smith: 41, 23, 41
RB Arnil Stallworth: 29
WR Co-Eric Riley: 26
WR Delmon Robinson: 25
WR Brandon McRae: 24
RB Christian Ducre: 24
WR Aubrey Bell: 22

Player: Big plays

RB Anthony Dixon: 31, 71, 31
QB Wesley Carroll: 20
RB Christian Ducre: 20

Other staggering stats: MSU’s longest scoring play of the season is a 14-yard Anthony Dixon run. Its longest passing TD is 11 yards (Tyson Lee to Christian Ducre). The Bulldogs are averaging 9.7 yards per catch (11th in the SEC) and 5.4 yards per pass attempt (12th). And of course, State is last in the SEC in scoring (14.4 ppg).

So we’ll see if they can turn things around Saturday against Middle Tennessee State. Speaking of the Blue Raiders, here’s a story from The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro about two Mississippi natives coming to Starkville, including one I wrote about earlier in the week, LB Ivon Hickmon.


8 Responses to “On the Links: Thinking Big”

  1. carwwest Says:

    pathetic…but if we were ever smart enough to get robinson the ball more and in space like normal teams then i think he could make some plays….but once again, we are NOT that smart on offense…actually, we dont even have common sense on our staff so these stats do not surprise me…

  2. desertdog2005 Says:

    I think the mystery player is charles mitchell running a wild dog formation.

  3. desertdog2005 Says:

    He was a QB and RB in high school.

  4. maroon1white Says:

    Croom says Relf isn’t ready b/c he doesn’t have enough game experience, but yet he won’t get any with that logic. Did Carroll have any experience when he took over last year? Oh wait, I’m using logic so that’s why I’m confused.

    I’ve been asking for atleast a play or two with the wildcat formation since the Miami Dolphins torchered the Patriots with it. Let’s hope he swallows his pride/stubbornness & gives it a chance.

    I hope the mystery player is NOT Pegues. The more he’s on the field his chances of getting hurt are and if you remember how much he was missed in the La Tech game. Not a good idea in my opinion.

    I really hope I’m not making a 2 hour trip saturday for more offensive ineptitude.

    Go State!

  5. 2thdoc Says:

    Don’t you mean the Wild Walrus Formation?

    I would imagine that will be what it will end up looking like from Crxxm and Wxxdy.

  6. rebelnate Says:

    I think they should put Blake McAdams in at QB for a couple of plays and let him get his ass knocked off for some of those punts.

  7. imabulldog Says:

    Thats funny Nate

  8. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Brad, why should anybody be surprised that we don’t have any big scoring plays this season? Look at the plays we run. Look at the system we run. Look at our Coach and listen to his robotic statements at the weekly press conferences. Surprised? Heck, I’m surprised we’ve scored at all.

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