I’m back in the Magnolia State after spending the past week in Tucson, Ariz., with my daughter for a much needed vacation. I think it’s gonna take a few days to adjust back to this time zone, especially after getting home at the wee hours of the morning today. Nonetheless, I’m ready to get a new sports year started now and that will happen next week with the start of SEC Football Media Days.
Although I’ve been off, I’ve still been keeping tabs on the goings on here in Starkville. Let’s take a look back at what has transpired over the past week…
Former MSU shooting guard Jalen Steele had planned to play his final season at Middle Tennessee State. According to the Tennessean that isn’t going to happen.
Jake Wells was officially named as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech on July 1st. 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year Zach Dillon has been hired as the Diamond Dogs new coordinator of camps and will coach first base. Read more about Dillon’s hire here.
This week was a big week for all the college football watch lists to begin popping up. Junior quarterback Dak Prescott on the Maxwell Award watch list which is given to the top player in college football. Senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis is up for the Hournung Award, given to college football’s most versatile player. Junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney was named to the Chuck Benarik Award watch list which is awarded to the top defensive player in college football. Read more about these honors here.
Senior tight end Malcolm Johnson was selected to the John Mackey Award watch list given to college football’s top tight end. Senior center Dillon Day is up for the Rimington Trophy for the third straight year awarded to college football’s top center. Read more about these honors here.
Sophomore pitcher Zac Houston was named the Pitcher of the Week in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Houston appeared in three games out of the bullpen tossing five hitless innings and striking out 10 batters. Read more on this award here.
As I mentioned earlier, SEC Football Media Days start on Monday in Hoover, Ala. The Bulldogs will be there on Tuesday and will be sending Prescott, McKinney, senior safety Jay Hughes and of course head coach Dan Mullen. Parrish Alford, Brandon Speck and I will all be there during the week bringing you coverage. Here’s a list of all the players that will be attending.