September 9, 2011
Friday Blitz Bitz
Gameday is almost here and BulldogBlitz has you covered with an entire edition of the Bitz devoted to getting you ready for the Auburn game.
First Blitz Blitz: Mississippi State has scored at least 30 points in its last four games and over 50 in the last two. It is the longest 30 or more points streak in school history. Only the 1907 and 1914 (twice) Bulldog teams posted back-to-back 50-plus point performances and none have ever achieved it three consecutive times. Under Dan Mullen, MSU has scored 30 or more points 11 times in 26 games. The Bulldogs had only reached the 30-point mark 21 times in its previous 94 contests.
Second Blitz Bit: Over his last four starts, Chris Relf has hit on 64-of-94 passing for 995 yards, eight touchdowns and just two interceptions. His quarterback rating over that span is 180.8.
Third Blitz Bit: This weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for 13 State players venturing across the state line to their native Alabama. Brandon Heavens, Brandon Maye, Chris Hughes, Chris Relf, Louis Watson, Adrian Marcus, Brian Egan, Brandon Wilson, Corbin Stewart, Blaine Clausell, Malcolm Johnson, James Baldwin and Winston Chapman.
Fourth Blitz Bit: While I was skimming through the Auburn roster I noticed there were a lot of familiar names among that group. MSU offensive coordinator Les Koenning pointed out earlier that the Bulldogs recruited a lot of these same players hard over the past three years. Some of those names you might be familiar with include Darren Bates, Blake Burgess, Jonathan Rose, Kiehl Frazier, Harris Gaston, Keymiya Harrell, Jake Holland, Tre Mason, LaDarius Owens, Aubrey Phillips, Devaunte Sigler, Chad Slade, Travante Stallworth, C.J. Uzomah, Jermaine Whitehead and Gabe Wright.
Fifth Blitz Bit: This past weekend Auburn played the second most true freshman of any FBS team with 13 Tigers suiting up for their first action. Mississippi State on the other hand played only two true freshmen in its opener in Dee Arrington and P.J. Jones.
All-Out Blitz: We talked with the Bulldogs defensive coordinator Chris Wilson earlier this week about his thoughts on Auburn's offense. Here are his thoughts - "They do what they do. They are going to tempo you and play fast. The biggest thing that you see is that they throw the ball probably as well if not better than they threw it towards the end of the year. (Barrett) Trotter did a good job spreading that ball around. We saw a lot of their skill guys and they have really, really, really good skills at the receiver and running back position. They spread it around and get a lot of coaches."
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