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2011 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

The 2011 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Dan Mullen, who was in his third season with Mississippi State. The Bulldogs played their home games at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, Mississippi and compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They finished the 2011 season with a 7–6 overall play, 2–6 in SEC play, placing fifth in West Division, and were invited for Music City Bowl, where they defeated Wake Forest.

2011 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs logo.svg
Music City Bowl champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2011 record7–6 (2–6 SEC)
Head coachDan Mullen (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorLes Koenning (3rd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple spread
Defensive coordinatorChris Wilson (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorGeoff Collins (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumDavis Wade Stadium
(Capacity: 55,082)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
No. 9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
No. 2 LSU x$   8 0         13 1  
No. 1 Alabama %#   7 1         12 1  
No. 5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

In the week following the Gator Bowl victory, several changes were made to the Mississippi State coaching staff. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz resigned his position to serve in the same position for Texas as the replacement for Will Muschamp.[1] Co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Chris Wilson was promoted to defensive coordinator to replace Diaz on January 10.[2] At that time, Angelo Mirando was promoted from graduate assistant to wide receivers coach to replace Mark Hudspeth who had resigned earlier to accept the head coaching position at UL Lafayette.[2][3] Geoff Collins was hired on January 12 to serve as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach to fill the vacant position made when Wilson was promoted.[4]

Name Position Seasons at
Mississippi State
Alma Mater
Dan Mullen Head coach 3 Ursinus (1994)
Geoff Collins Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers 1 Western Carolina (1992)
John Hevesy Offensive Line, Running Game Coordinator 3 Maine (1994)
Tony Hughes Safeties, Recruiting Coordinator 3 Southern Miss (1980)
Greg Knox Running Backs 3 Northeastern State (1986)
Les Koenning Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 2 Texas (1981)
Angelo Mirando Wide Receivers 1 Case Western Reserve (2008)
Scott Sallach Tight Ends 3 Ursinus (1994)
Melvin Smith Cornerbacks, Nickelbacks 1 Millsaps College (Unknown)
Chris Wilson Defensive Line 1 University of Oklahoma (1985)
Mark Ouimet Coordinator of Recruiting Operations 2 Seina Heights University (1995)
Reference:[5]

Recruiting classEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 PMat Memphis*No. 20SECRNW 59–1433,990[6]
September 1011:21 AMat AuburnNo. 16SECNL 34–4187,451[7]
September 157:00 PMNo. 3 LSUNo. 25ESPNL 6–1956,924[8]
September 246:00 PMLouisiana Tech*
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
ESPNUW 26–20 OT55,116[9]
October 111:00 AMat GeorgiaSECRNL 10–2492,746[10]
October 811:00 AMat UAB*SECRNW 21–328,351[11]
October 1511:21 AMNo. 15 South Carolina
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
SECNL 12–1455,418[12]
October 296:00 PMat KentuckySECRNW 28–1657,891[13]
November 56:30 PMTennessee–Martin* 
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
CSSW 55–1755,096[14]
November 126:45 PMNo. 4 Alabama
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS (Rivalry)
ESPNL 7–2457,871[15]
November 192:30 PMat No. 6 ArkansasCBSL 17–4455,761[16]
November 266:00 PMOle Miss
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS (Egg Bowl)
ESPNUW 31–355,270[17]
December 305:40 PMvs. Wake Forest*ESPNW 23–1755,208[18]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[19]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 20 16 25 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches 20 17 25 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summariesEdit

2011 Egg BowlEdit

1 234Total
Ole Miss 0 030 3
Mississippi State 14 773 31

Mississippi State wore new uniforms for the game that featured gold numbers, gold shoes and "Hail State" replacing each of the player's last names on the back of the jersey.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Manny Diaz takes job at Texas". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 5, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Wilson Promoted to Defensive Coordinator; Mirando named WRs Coach". MStateathletics.com. Mississippi State University Athletics. January 10, 2011. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Mark Hudspeth hired at La.-Lafayette". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 12, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Marcello, Brandon (January 12, 2011). "Collins Hired As MSU Linebackers Coach, Co-Defensive Coordinator". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "Football Coaching Staff". Mississippi State University Athletics. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Memphis Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  10. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Georgia Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. UAB Blazers Box Score". ESPN.com. October 8, 2011.
  12. ^ "South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. October 15, 2011.
  13. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats Box Score". ESPN.com. October 31, 2011.
  14. ^ "Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. November 5, 2011.
  15. ^ "Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. November 12, 2011.
  16. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Box Score". ESPN.com. November 19, 2011.
  17. ^ "Ole Miss Rebels vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. November 26, 2011.
  18. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Box Score". ESPN.com. December 30, 2011.
  19. ^ "2011 Football Schedule". Mississippi State University Athletics. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  20. ^ [1]