Eric Moulds leads Mount Rushmore of Mississippi State football wide receivers

These are the greatest wide receivers in Mississippi State football history.
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To get through the offseason, we're putting together the "Mount Rushmores" of Mississippi State football. We've set out backfields with the Mount Rushmores of both MSU quarterbacks and running backs.

Now, we move onto the pass-catchers. Here's the Mount Rushmore of Mississippi State wide receivers...

Eric Moulds (1993-1995)

There's one receiving talent that stands out above the rest at Mississippi State, and that's Eric Moulds. No other Bulldog pass-catcher has had the combination of size, speed, and dominant athleticism as Moulds.

As a freshman, Moulds caught 17 passes for 398 yards and four TDs. Those numbers would be upped to 39 catches for 845 yards and seven TDs in 1994. He'd close his college career with 62 for 779 and six TDs in 1995 before being a 1st round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 1996 NFL Draft.

Eric Moulds would spend 12 seasons in the league, four times going for over 1000 yards and three times being named a Pro Bowler.

Chad Bumphis (2009-2012)

Mississippi State's current WR coach happened to be one of the players responsible for turning around Bulldog football under Dan Mullen. A 4-star recruit out of Tupelo, Chad Bumphis proved to be a star in the making, leading the team in receiving as a true freshman in 2009.

In 2010 in became a true go-to target with 44 catches for 634 yards and five TDs. His numbers dipped in 2011, but he'd rebound better than ever the next year. As a senior, Bumphis caught 58 passes for 922 yards and a school-record 12 TDs.

Chad Bumphis is the all-time MSU leader in receiving TDs with 24 and is second in career yards at 2,270.

Mardye McDole (1977-1980)

The first 1000-yard receiver in MSU history needs to make Mount Rushmore. In 1978, Mardye McDole caught 44 passes for 1,035 yards and seven TDs, earning All-SEC honors. That yardage total would stand as the single-season record at State all the way until 2021.

McDole pass-catching numbers would dip significantly as a junior and senior, but that's because new HC Emory Bellard implemented his Wishbone attack. Within that offense, McDole frequently lined-up as a RB. He'd post 727 yards of total offense and six TDs in 1980, again being named All-SEC. Despite the change in usage, Mardye McDole still ranks third in all time receiving yards at State with 2,214.

Fred Ross (2013-2016)

You'd expect at least one WR from the greatest era of offense in Starkville to make Mount Rushmore. Fred Ross' put together some of the best pass-catching seasons in State history during his career. After a quiet freshman season, Ross would make noise with five TDs during MSU's incredible 2014 season.

As a junior, he'd become just the second 1000-yard receiver at State with a then school-record 88 catches for 1,007 yards and five TDs. Ross would go for another 917 yards as a senior and tie Chad Bumphis with 12 TD catches.

Fred Ross was named 1st Team All-SEC in both 2015 and 2016. He owns the career receiving record at MSU with 2,538 yards and is tied for second in career TDs with 22.