Mississippi State Bulldogs: 50 Greatest Athletes in School History

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Nov 29, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; A Mississippi State Bulldogs helmet rest on the sidelines against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

#36 Mardye McDole, Football Wide Receiver (1977-1980)

McDole played for the Bulldogs from 1977 through 1980. He was the best receiver on the team at that time and is easily one of Mississippi State’s best ever to play the wideout. When he left Mississippi State, McDole held the school record for career receiving yards with 2,214. That number is still good for second on the career receiving yards list today. McDole is still the only receiver in Bulldog history to have a 1,000 yard season. He caught 116 passes over those four years and his yards per catch average of 19.1 is fifth all time at the school for players who caught at least 40 passes in their careers. His production led the Minnesota Vikings to draft McDole with the 39th overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft.

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