Last season: 3-8
Last game vs. Georgia: 47-0 loss (1997)
Series Record: Georgia leads 14-5-0
Most memorable Georgia win: 1997 – Georgia pounds State 47-0 and in the process announces that the red and black is back as a force in the SEC.
Most painful Georgia loss: 1974 – Georgia loses 38-14 to State in Jackson – the biggest loss to State in school history.
Starters returning: 18
Best player: Jerious Norwood
Biggest Weakness: Depth
2005’s big question: Can Croom get State to a winning season in 2005?
Inside the numbers vs. Georgia (as seen in the upcoming Dawg Post 2005 Season Preview):
That’s how many scholarship players were on the roster at the end of Mississippi State’s 2005 spring practice. Despite Sylvester Croom’s best efforts, he will find it difficult to have a winning season with the lack of depth and talent in Starkville. The Dawgs should beware, however. Croom knocked off Florida with less talent last year – it was one his only three wins of the season.
SEC Media Day’s quote to note:
"There is a stretch in there with Georgia, Florida and LSU - hey, that's just the SEC you want to play with the big dogs that's what you've got to do." - Mississippi State Head Coach Sylvester Croom on the difficulty of State's schedule in 2005.
"We'll probably be at 75" - Croom on the amount of scholarships the Bulldogs are using coming into the 2005 season. They had only 57 players on scholarship at the end of spring football.
"We are not going to sign a lot of guys that play only one position." - Croom on State's recruiting philosophy right now.
"Until you asked that one I thought I was going to get through this one." - Croom on reporters asking him about being the first black coach in the SEC.
"To be honest, I don't know how I survived last year - there was never enough time." - Croom on last season.
"We may have to go to Korea or someplace like that to get them, but we are going to get them." - Croom on getting the quality players he wants at State.
"We didn't even think about winning last year. I'm surprised we won at Tulane that first week." - Croom on changing the atmosphere at State.
Legge’s projected SEC finish: 6th SEC West
Legge’s All-SEC Bulldogs: RB Jerious Norwood