STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi State played in the SEC Championship game in 1998 and lost to Tennessee. Could this Bulldogs team finally get Mississippi State back to the title game?
Former Bulldogs head coach Jackie Sherrill, directed the Mississippi State program from 1991 through the 2003 season and is the all-time winningest football coach in Starkville, likes what he sees.
Sherrill says he was highly impressed with the expansion of Davis Wade Stadium, upgrading Mississippi State's football image.
"When you walk into the stadium, you think you're in an SEC stadium now,"stated Sherrill. "The sound and the energy that is in the stadium and the people enjoy coming here. Of course, W's and the people are part of the W's."
Sherrill believes Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is pulling out all the stops in elevating the Bulldogs into an elite
SEC team. He says Mullen is a good judge of talent, signing players that are overlooked by other SEC teams.
Sherrill said,"You're got to work harder here than you do at Alabama. You've got to evaluate better, you have to develop players because he's taken some players other people haven't looked at and they're turned out to be good players."
Case in point, 6 foot 7, 270 pound senior defensive lineman Preston Smith...last week's SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Sherrill says the Bulldogs defensive line is top notch.
"Their defensive front is as good as anybody, really talented up front"stated Sherrill. "They may be the best in the league, the front seven."