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Dan Mullen releases statement addressing off-field incidents

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It’s not been the best week or so for the Mississippi State football program.

In the last seven days or so, starting quarterback Dak Prescott and a pair of teammates were assaulted by a group of assailants — they likely won’t face charges — during a concert while on spring break in Florida… and top wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson was arrested on a pair of weed-related charges… and sophomore offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins was arrested on a warrant for simple assault.

One of the incidents seemingly wasn’t the fault of the players, while the other involved illegal-for-now marijuana — “I mean, listen, we’re talking about weed, not coke, not meth, not heroin, we talking about weed” — but the negative light in which the program has been portrayed prompted a statement from head coach Dan Mullen.

“We have very high standards and expectations for all of our student-athletes.  Any time an accusation is made against one of our student-athletes, we investigate fully and not jump to any conclusions.”

 

The good news for Mullen and the program is that spring practice is set to commence this coming Wednesday, with the return to the practice field a welcome relief from the negative headlines the past few days.

Miss. St. OL Elgton Jenkins arrested on assault warrant

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It’s been a positively negative last week or so for Mississippi State off the field.

Star quarterback Dak Prescott and two Bulldog teammates were assaulted during a spring break concert in Florida last week.  A couple of days later, De’Runnya Wilson, the team’s leading receiver in 2014, was arrested on a pair of weed-related charges.

With MSU’s spring practice set to start Wednesday, head coach Dan Mullen has yet another off-field incident with which to deal as sophomore Elgton Jenkins was arrested on a warrant for simple assault, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.  The arrest actually took place last Thursday; when the incident took place that led to the warrant being issued is a mystery.

“MSU Police refused to release any further information at this time, including an incident report, which is public record,” the Clarion-Ledger wrote.

MSU has not yet publicly addressed the situation or what if any punishment the player may be facing.

Jenkins took a redshirt his true freshman season in 2014.  The offensive lineman was a two-star member of MSU’s recruiting class.

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Manziel with 233 yards and 2 TDs as Aggies lead at half

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Texas A&M, in the final home game of the season, is holding off a feisty Mississippi State team at halftime. The Aggies lead Mississippi State 23-14.

Texas A&M built a 16-7 lead in the first quarter, with Johnny Manziel tossing a 12 yard touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy midway through the quarter. Mississippi State struck right back though when Josh Robinson took the first play of the ensuing drive 51 yards to the house and a tie game.

The Aggies defense held strong on Mississippi State’s next offensive drive deep in their own territory and forced a punt. That punt was blocked by Sam Moeller and the ball went out-of-bounds for two points. Manziel later added another touchdown pass, this time to Travis Labhart for a 33-yard score.

Mississippi State looked to close the gap late in the first half when Dak Prescott completed a short touchdown pass to cap off a drive set up by good punt coverage and a Texas A&M penalty. Prescott’s three-yard pass to De’Runnya Wilson brought the Bulldogs to within two points in the final minute of the half, but Texas A&M took advantage of their final possession of the half by picking up another touchdown in a span of about 30 seconds.

Manziel has already thrown for 233 yards and three touchdowns and has been intercepted once. Manziel’s top target in the first half was Labhart, who recorded 76 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. Mike Evans has three catches for 30 yards so far.

It was a disappointing way for the first half to end for Mississippi State, and it could get worse. Texas A&M gets the football to open the second half.