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  • AUGUST 24-30, 2015

    GRIDIRON

    INSIDE MSUS DAVID TURNER INTERVIEW TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT REBELS USMS DEVIN FARRIOR BIG 10 AND LITTLE 10 RANKINGS

    AND NOTES TOP 10 HIGH SCHOOL GAMES MACJC ROUNDUP HIGH SCHOOL STANDINGS HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULES

    BIG 10 1. SOUTH PANOLA 2. OXFORD 3. LAUREL 4. NOXUBEE COUNTY 5. WAYNE COUNTY 6. OAK GROVE 7. MADISON CENTRAL 8. CLINTON 9. DIBERVILLE 10. MERIDIAN LITTLE10 PG.8

    JACK WALKER MADISON CENTRAL

    GAMES OF THE WEEKNORTHWEST JONES

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    OAK GROVE

    WAYNE COUNTY

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    MADISONCENTRAL BRANDON

    VSOXFORD STARKVILLE

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    SOUTH PANOLA MERIDIAN

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  • 2 MISSISSIPPI GRIDIRON 2015

    South Panola senior quarterback Donald Twilley rushed 22 times for 304 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Tigers 35-25 win over Clinton. Twilley averaged 13.8 yards per carry.

    5 DAVID TURNER INTERVIEW: Paul Jones of 247Sports talks to MSU defensive line coach David Turner.

    7 TOP 10 MOST IMPORTAN REBELS: Dave Johnson of 247Sports ranks Ole Miss ten most important players.

    8 BREAKOUT YEAR FOR DEVIN FARRIOR: Drew White of Scout.com takes a look at former Wayne County star Devin Farrior.

    9 BIG 10 RANKINGS AND NOTES: Our staff takes a look at everything happening in classes 6A-4A.

    10 LITTLE 10 RANKINGS AND NOTES: Our staff takes a look at all the happenings inside MHSAA classes 3A-1A and MAIS AAAA-A.

    12 TOP 10 HIGH SCHOOL GAMES: Our staff takes a look this weeks top 10 high school games.

    13 MACJC ROUNDUP: The Mississippi junior colleges get their season underway this week.

    14 HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: A full listing of every high school game this week in the Magnolia State.

    15 HIGH SCHOOL STANDINGS: Updated standings of every region and district in Mississippi.

    On the Cover: Madison Central junior quarterback Jack Walk-er completed 8-16 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-18 win over previous No. 2 Meridian last weekend.

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    TWILLEY LEADS SOUTH PANOLA TO WIN OVER CLINTON

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  • 5MISSISSIPPI GRIDIRON 2015

    Mississippi States defensive line has a few holes to fill from last season and theres several players vying for those positions. Following practice on Wednes-day, assistant coach David Turner addressed his position group and talked of training camp progress:

    Q: Just describe how two-a-days have gone so far.

    Turner: Well, its been in-teresting. Its been good, guys have been working hard. Weve challenged them that we got to step up. I think A.J. Jefferson and Ryan Brown have been the leaders of the group. Those guys have led every day through their work ethic and the way they have attacked practice and the young guys have followed them. When I say young guys, it is a unique group. Ive got one senior and seven juniors and the rest of them are freshmen. So its a little bit of a gap there but the guys have been working extremely hard. Chris Jones has worked harder than he has the previous two years, which is good. So I am pleased with the way camp has gone thus far.

    Q: How much of a differ-ence have you seen from Will Coleman compared to last year when he had to redshirt?

    Turner: I dont think there is any question it changed him. I think No. 1, he wouldnt have been ready to play both men-tally and physically. So things kinda have a way of working themselves out. He is a whole lot more confident now. Hes been in the program for a year and hes stronger. Having been in the program but not having played, he is a lot more knowledgeable in the defense. He is not thinking

    which means he is playing faster. Ive really been pleased. It started about the last week and a half of spring ball and he has continued through fall camp.

    Q: You did lose some guys from last year. How do you feel about the depth so far this camp?

    Turner: Well, now is the time. Yeah, we did lose a lot but every year each team changes. We got numbers and we do have that. Some of those young guys that are redshirt freshmen have got to step up. Cory Thomas has had some good and bad days. Braxton Hoyett has had some good and bad days. Those guys have got to step up. Hopefully we get a chance to play them early and get their feet wet. I think by the middle of the season they will be really solid guys and solid backups. But somebody has got to step up, no question about it. I dont know if we will be as deep up front as we were last year. But we still got to be able to roll two-deep at least and maybe two and a half.

    Q: How is the competition be-tween Nelson Adams and Nick James going?

    Turner: Well, Nelson is coming along. He is probably still not as physical as I want him to be but hes getting better at that. Nick James has made tremendous strides. He is by no means a finished product but he is moving in the right direction and its his time. If you look at it realistically, he is a redshirt junior so its his time. Usually by that redshirt junior year, those guys start to figure it out and he is coming along. Ive been pleased with Nick and we just have to keep him focused and take it one day at a time with Nick. I pick at Nick and tell him to hold it in the road

    Mississippi State has holes to fill on the defensive line but a deep rotation in 2014 has experienced returners ready for larger defensive roles.

    DAVID TURNER BREAKS DOWN MSU D-LINE

    Mississippi State junior defensive lineman Chris Jones has put in the offseason work that could make him one of the nations best defensive tackles.

    today and just keep focusing. So far he has done that.

    Q: You talk about A.J. being a leader. What things have you seen from him in practice that hes been leading?

    Turner: Well, A.J. is a guy that loves football. Thats obvious by the way he attacks it. Every day is the same and he works hard and gets better. A.J., I laugh with him about it and he is sneaky good. He got better on me last year and started seeing he was doing things and I was like wow, thats A.J.. Everybody obviously remembers Preston (Smith) but A.J. did some really good things last year. I think it started about midway dur-ing the season and he started to figure it out. And A.J. works at it and he is a hard worker as is Ryan Brown. Those guys feed off each other and have been good for the group.

    Q: You talk about Chris Jones working harder than he has previously. Is it just a focus thing with Chris?

    Turner: Well, you probably have to ask him but I think he is a little more mature and a little more focused. I think he knows what he wants and he was kinda embarrassed by his sophomore year last year. And what we saw last year was not the real Chris. I think all of those things have played a factor in his develop-ment and his push and his desire this fall. And it is his time. He is a true junior and everybody knows he is talented. But hes got to put the work ethic and the time off the field into the game and work at his craft while hes out there. Those are the things Ive seen him doing now.

    Q: What is your impression of some of those freshmen in this first week and a half?

    Turner: Well, we are just trying

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    to keep them here (laughing). You know, all of a sudden they get here and it aint recruiting anymore. You got out there on the farm and it is a 100 degrees and all of a sudden they are thinking man, I dont know about this col-lege football.

    But they are doing well. All jokes aside, it is a good group. Keith Joseph has been a pleas-ant surprise. Anfernee Mullins is a guy that is from Aliceville (Ala.) but is like a typical Mis-sissippi kid, a country kid. He has a long ways to go but he will develop well. Kendell Jones has done some good things and then obviously, Fletcher Adams has a motor. It is a good mixture of guys and I am really pleased with them. I think before it is all said and done they will have really good careers here.

    Q: What carry over have you seen from Johnathan Calvin since the spring?

    Turner: Hes been kinda like Will Coleman in a sense. In the spring he kinda learned what to do and was feeling his way around. Now he is a whole lot more comfortable. He talks a

    whole lot more. It is tough for a junior college guy to come in January and all of a sudden they are thrown in the middle of ev-erything and dont know anybody and then with spring ball its boom, boom, boom, boom. He is comfortable now around all of the guys and is laughing and joking. He is not a guy that talks a whole lot but he is more comfortable and that has allowed him to play faster. He studies and he spends a lot of time studying because foot-ball is important to him. So that has allowed him to play faster.

    And hes got a lot of natural pop. He is a strong kid and has a lot of natural pop. I think he is go-ing to be a good addition to us at (defensive) end.

    Q: Any indications of how the rotation at