Jake Mangum continues to elevate his game this fall (Mississippi State Athletics/Blake Williams)


Fall Report: Mississippi State


The Mississippi State squad that takes the field in the spring of 2017 will have a vastly different look than the one we saw last spring. There will be no Dakota Hudson leading the staff or Jack Kruger, Gavin Collins or Reid Humphreys pacing the offense. This is a team losing a boatload of quality innings as well high octane bats from a roster that compiled an SEC leading 21-9 record in conference play last year. And yet because of their recruiting prowess and ability to cultivate underclass talent, they still find themselves on solid footing as we look ahead to next spring.

There is caution on the Bulldogs’ coaching staff, however, as it’s clear the replacing the type of stars they lost is not going to be an easy task. They will rely on some breakout performances, but there’s also a sense that they’ve acquired a number of ready to contribute stars in their incoming crop of junior college transfers, and this is an area in which head coach John Cohen has thrived in the past. When you look back as recently as Jack Kruger in 2016, this is a coaching staff with an eye for talent in the junior college ranks, and has pushed the right buttons when it comes to bringing in impact talent. By the looks of it, they have more players cut from that cloth on their way in 2017 that have shown extremely well this fall.


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