Mississippi State Bulldogs News: ‘Incredible Opportunity’ sends Cannizaro to Starkville

Oct 29, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs mascot Bully comes onto the field before the game against Samford Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs mascot Bully comes onto the field before the game against Samford Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports /

Andy Cannizaro believes Mississippi State is “one of the top jobs in America” and Cam Danztler earns high praise from a national writer.

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Here are some excellent stories and articles for you to enjoy on this fabulous Friday:

As you know, Mississippi State and LSU are battling it out for the SEC West crown this weekend. Andy Cannizaro — Mississippi State’s head man — was on LSU’s staff last year and still has a close relationship with his former players. Andrew Lopez of Nola.com writes about Cannizaro’s journey to head coach of the Bulldogs.

"“And so, when this opportunity presented itself, I really, truly believe this is one of the top baseball programs in America with the fan base and the history and the tradition of this program here at Mississippi State,” Cannizaro said. “It was a no-brainer for myself and my family to do this.”"

Speaking of the Mississippi State and LSU series, the Bulldogs left too many opportunites on the field last night. Alex Lange and company limited Mississippi State to one run, but State had two chances to take the lead late in the ball game.

"The Bulldogs had a few chances in the sixth and seventh to tie or take the lead, but couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it most. The Dawgs loaded the bases in the sixth with just one out, but a strikeout from Poole and a fly out from Stovall ended the inning. After two walks in the seventh, State loaded the bases, but Lange was able to respond and struck out Lovelady looking on three pitches ending the inning."

The boys on the diamond were not the only “Diamond Dawgs” to struggle last night. The softball team is in the Salt Lake City Regional of the NCAA Tournamnet, but the Bulldogs were unable to score in game one. Lynn Worthy of the Salt Lake City Tribune writes about BYU’s hot day at the plate.

"The Cougars scored five runs in the first three innings on their way to an 8-0 win in a six-inning run-rule shortened contest. BYU moves on to the second day of the double-elimination regional without a loss. The Cougars pounded out 13 hits (four extra-base hits) including Alexa Strid’s solo home run to start scoring in the second inning, and Lexi Tarrow went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple."

And, to end things, here is a little of football for your Friday afternoon.

Barton Simmons of 247Sports wrote about Mississippi State’s ability to find under-the-radar prospects. From Benardrick McKinney to Preston Smith and others, Dan Mullen does an excellent job of developing raw talent. Up next? Simmons says to watch out for redshirt-freshman defensive back Cam Dantzler.

"Hailing from Hammond, La., sources at Mississippi State were extremely high on Dantzler, even as a high school prospect. They saw a long (6-foot-2) defensive back with ball skills who played significantly on the offensive side of the ball. I still remember watching him at Mississippi State’s elite camp the summer before his senior year and the entire Mississippi State roster was falling all over themselves excited about how impressive the future Bulldog looked. He was taking on all comers and dominating at cornerback. Dantzler was the No. 85 athlete in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, but I had him the No. 32 player there in our rankings."

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Simmons goes on to say that Dantlzer “will be one of the top cornerbacks in the SEC before he’s done”. Lofty praise for Mississippi State’s young DB. If he can carry over his mometum from the spring game, Dantzler could be in for a big season.

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