One of the winningest senior classes in the 117-year history of Mississippi State football will be honored in pregame ceremonies as the Bulldogs host Arkansas in the 2016 home finale at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium. For complete details, visit HailState.com/gameday
State (4-6, 2-4 SEC) is seeking to become bowl eligible for a school-record seventh straight season with victories in its final two games. The Razorbacks are at 6-4 overall and 2-4 in league play following a 38-10 loss to LSU last Saturday in Fayetteville.
The group of 19 seniors is one of eight senior classes in MSU history to record 30 victories and is currently the sixth-winningest senior class with a 30-19 mark. They have shattered 25 single-game, single-season and career statistical records in the past four years. They have produced four victories over Top 10 ranked teams, representing the second-most in the SEC since 2014. The following will be recognized in pregame ceremonies:
DL Nelson Adams – Brandon native who is playing in his 50th career game; 74 career tackles
DL Lawrence Brown – walk-on from Columbus
LB Richie Brown – the SEC active career leader in tackles (279); graduate currently pursuing his MBA
DL Johnathan Calvin – two-year player who leads the squad in sacks this season with five
OL Jamaal Clayborn – the starting center for the past two seasons; making his 23rd career start
DL Will Coleman – pass rusher the last two seasons who has made 18 tackles
S Kivon Coman – leader at safety playing his 47th career game; three career interceptions
DL Torrey Dale – fifth-year senior who has recorded 32 career tackles
OL Devon Desper – graduate and versatile lineman who is starting his 26th career game
RB Brandon Holloway – versatile running back and a team captain who has eight career touchdowns
DL Nick James – fifth-year defensive lineman from Long Beach who has 60 tackles
DL A.J. Jefferson – a team captain who is tied for third in school history in tackles for loss (35)
OL Jocquell Johnson – backup center and contributor on special teams and PAT units
OL Rodney Lacy – walk-on offensive lineman from Birmingham, Ala.
WR Fred Ross – a team captain who owns four school career records and leads the SEC in touchdowns (9)
DL Sean Samuel – walk-on defensive lineman from Snellville, Ga.
OL Justin Senior – Canadian native and graduate who is starting his team-leading 37th game
RB Ashton Shumpert – Fulton native who has rushed for 938 yards in his career and seven touchdowns
LB DeAndre Ward – former walk-on who earned scholarship and has 39 career tackles
MSU and Arkansas are meeting for the 27th time with the Razorbacks holding a 15-10-1 all-time advantage. This is the 25th straight year the two teams are playing each other. MSU has won four in a row in the series, including a 51-50 shootout in Fayetteville last year. The last three games have been decided in the final seconds with a Bulldog making a memorable play in each of those games.