STARKVILLE -- The beginning of a new quarterback era at Starkville High School came with an unusual twist.
The first game of the Luke Altmyer era ended with four Yellow Jackets taking at least one snap. Only two are listed as full-time quarterbacks.
PEARL -- Home was hard to find for Brent Rooker in the summer of 2017.
STARKVILLE -- Coaches estimate special teams account for 15 to 20 percent of plays in a game.
STARKVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team entered Friday night with a vision: new beginning, same ending.
The goal was to erase the sting of a 40-point loss to Starkville in the 2017 opener that was part of a 2-4 start to a campaign that ended with a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State championship.
STARKVILLE -- Henry Davison, finally home after a week in the hospital, just wanted tea after breakfast. He put the tea on the stove and went upstairs to rest while it brewed.
STARKVILLE -- The movement combating the impact of playing football first struck the NCAA in 2011.
Under the terms of the initial proposed settlement in July 2014, the NCAA agreed to set aside $70 million for medical monitoring and research to settle federal lawsuits filed by former student-athletes who accused the governing body of college sports of ignoring a widespread concussion problem.
STARKVILLE -- The wave of activism for safer football was inspired by tragedy.
STARKVILLE -- The 2017 Starkville High School football team started its run to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship game with a 43-3 rout of rival Noxubee County.
STARKVILLE -- One of the Joe Moorhead offense's primary tenants is it does whatever a defense allows it to.
Moorhead's offense might use spread and zone concepts, which are most popular in his system, to accomplish its goals, but if given the opportunity, it will gash defenses with more traditional concepts such as pulling offensive linemen.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Cole and Chauncey Rivers came to Mississippi State as proven commodities. Both had been in Division I football before, Cole at Michigan and Rivers at Georgia, before coming together for a season at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons sees the lists, even though he'd rather not.
The lists say Simmons and linemate Montez Sweat are two of the nation's top defensive linemen.
STARKVILLE -- The learning hasn't stopped for the Mississippi State football program.
STARKVILLE -- Leo Lewis is a lightning rod in the state of Mississippi.
The Mississippi State junior linebacker is named with teammate Kobe Jones in a lawsuit and is mentioned in SB Nation's "Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi," a docuseries about the state of impermissible benefits in college football.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's first day in full pads was also its first day indoors.
STARKVILLE -- At this point last year, the prospect of Class 6A football in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) was intimidating for Myles Stone. Now he has his sights set on Division I football without an ounce of fear.
STARKVILLE -- Joey Jones' special teams experience and acumen are why Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead chose him to be the program's first special teams coordinator. He aligned forces with Chris Boniol, MSU's senior special teams advisor, he of six years of NFL experience and another five as a coach.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Edwards has come a long way from the sophomore linebacker overshadowed by three seniors and a junior. He is now a three-star prospect rated among the top 20 in the state of Mississippi, according to 247 Sports, one hotly pursued by many Southeastern Conference schools.
STARKVILLE -- Jalil Clemons is rated as a three-star defensive end, the 37th-best in the nation at his position, according to 247 Sports.
STARKVILLE -- Statistically speaking, Rodrigues "Dreke" Clark is the best running back in the last 10 years of Starkville High School football.
STARKVILLE -- Through the years, Michael Nebrich has not been able to forget the quotes.
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