7 at 7: A link-heavy look at Mississippi State

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 12, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — With it being Thursday morning, time has come for "7 at 7" to take a look at the Auburn's opponent with seven different links. This week, that means it's time to find out more about Mississippi State.

As always, the links come from people who find themselves around the Bulldogs far more than I.

Let's get to it.

1. In case you haven't heard by now, Mississippi State was one of three SEC schools named by Yahoo Sports on Wednesday to reportedly have players who received illegal benefits while still in college. The players in question were former Bulldog defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles) as well as former wide receiver Chad Bumphis, recently released by the Miami Dolphins.

2. Check out some notes from Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen's SEC teleconference on Wednesday, courtesy of Michael Bonner of The Clarion-Ledger.

3. Bonner with another story, this time taking a look at the Bulldogs' offense and its lackluster performance on third-down conversions through two games.

4. Bob Carskadon of HailState.com spoke with sophomore cornerback Taveze Calhoun, who recovered a fumble in last week's 51-7 victory versus Alcorn State.

5. Brad Locke of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo, Miss., has video from Tuesday featuring Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning. In the video, Koenning discusses how quarterback Tyler Russell has looked during practice this week as well as what it will be like to face off against former Bulldogs assistant Melvin Smith, who now coaches Auburn's cornerbacks.

6. One last story from Bonner, who caught up with Ben Beckwith. The former walk-on is now the Bulldogs' starter at right guard with Justin Malone out for the rest of the season with a broken foot.

7. After receiving two personal foul penalties last week, freshman receiver Fred Brown was immediately ejected from the game. But according to Logan Lowery of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, unlike the rules for targeting, it won't affect Brown's status this Saturday, as an ejection for multiple personal fouls does not carry over into the next game.

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