STARKVILLE, MS (AP) - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, his players, students and fans gathered on the school's campus Thursday night to mourn the loss of Nick Bell.
Bell, a 20-year-old sophomore defensive end for the Bulldogs, died Tuesday after a short but harsh battle with cancer.
He played against Georgia on Sept. 25, but then began experiencing headaches and had surgery less than a week later to remove a large mass from his brain.
During the campus memorial service, Bell's former teammates and roommates, Kendrick Cook and Charles Mitchell, shared stories about living with Bell. Both said he was never one to complain, and he never let on how sick he was.
The 21st-ranked Bulldogs are off this weekend and travel to face Alabama next Saturday in Tuscaloosa, AL.