Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead

Joe Moorhead had a successful debut as head coach at Mississippi State last season winning eight games, going 4-4 in the SEC including a win over arch-rival Ole Miss and playing in the Outback Bowl. His goal this season is continued improvement and upward movement in the SEC West. The Bulldogs open their season at Louisiana on August 31st.

Joe Moorhead at SEC Media Days

Mississippi State at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller)

                                                   Overall           Conference

Mississippi State Bulldogs      8-5                       4-4               Lost the Outback Bowl to Iowa

Joe Moorhead 2nd season      8-5                       4-4

  Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank
Points Per game 28.5 10 69
Rushing Yards per game 223.6 2 20
Passing yards per game 173.8 13 112
Total yards per game 397.4 10 71
Points allowed per game 13.2 1 2
Rushing yards allowed per game 95.8 2 3
Passing yards allowed per game 168.0 1 6
Total yards allowed per game 263.8 1 1

The Bulldogs return 13 starters, 7 on offense, 4 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter.

     Statistical Leaders Returning

RB Games Yards TD AVG
Kylin Hill 11 910 8 6.5
WR Games Yards TD REC
Osirus Mitchell 10 427 4 26
Stephen Guidry 12 440 3 19
Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks
Eroll Thompson 87 10.0 2 4.0
Leo Lewis 45 3.0 0 0
Willie Gay 48 5.5 2 5.0
Cameron Dantzler 43 2.5 2 1.0

Returning Starters Offense

RB Kylin Hill

WR Osirus Mitchell

WR Stephen Guidry

LT Greg Eiland

LG Michael Story

C Darryl Williams

RT Stewart Reese

Returning Starters Defense

LB Eroll Thompson

LB Leo Lewis

LB Willie Gay

CB Cameron Dantzler

Special Teams

K Jace Christmann

P Tucker Day 

Key Losses

QB Nick Fitzgerald

C Elgton Jenkins

RG Deion Calhoun

DE Montez Sweat

DE Gerri Green

DT Jeffery Simmons

CB Jamal Peters

S Johnathan Abram

S Mark McLaurin