Local & State Sports: MSU player dies, MS Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - For the second time this week, a college football player has died.  Mitchell Maxwell of Murfreesboro, Tennessee was found dead at his family's home on Thursday morning.

Maxwell was an incoming freshman at Mississippi State and was scheduled to move to Starkville next week according to a Murfreesboro newspaper.

Maxwell was a walk-on offensive lineman.  His dad, Austin, says the cause of death is not know until results from an autopsy are released.

On Wednesday Ole Miss sophomore walk-on offensive lineman Park Stevens was killed in an automobile accident.

6-5, 270 pound defensive end Fadol Brown has decided to transfer to Ole Miss.  The former Itawamba Community College standout signed with Florida International but said after interactions with defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, he is going to sign with the Rebels and sit out the 2013 season.

The 65th annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo concluded day two under wet, windy conditions at Jones Park in Gulfport.  The Speckled Trout Shootout misfired thanks to strong gusting winds that kept anglers from heading out into rough waters.

Big news today when Michael McDermott, Junior brought in a broad bill swordfish.  The 220 pound fish was swimming in 12-hundred feet of water, about 150 miles southwest of Gulfport when McDermott hauled in the trophy fish on Wednesday and brought it to rodeo scales at noon on Friday.

McDermott says the swordfish was hooked on bonita bait while the fishermen were trolling near the bottom.  He said it gave him a battle, taking 3 1/2 hours to haul it to the boat.

"We fought him on an electric reel for an hour and we thought we were about to get on the leader with the fish, and it ended up going back down and we fought him for another two and a half hours on stand up."  He added,"We were pretty excited about it. We've been looking for a fish like that for about three years. Just happy to finally get one on the deck."

The Kids Fishing Rodeo is set for Saturday and hopefully the weather will cooperate.  The Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo scales open from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon till 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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