BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Richie Brown, a 6-2, 245 pound senior linebacker and 6-foot-5, 325 pound defensive lineman Nick James are key members of the Mississippi State defensive unit.
Brown enters his senior season with 91 tackles, 8 sacks and 5 career interceptions. Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen has watched Richie Brown become a solid linebacker and a vocal leader on and off the football field.
Coach Mullen said, "You've seen him develop. Two years ago more of a rotater. Last year stepped into a starting role, back for his fifth year, senior season this year. Expect him to have a huge season and be an impact player in the league."
Nick James hasn't broken loose to become that dominating defensive lineman, but he made giant strides in 2015. He made 17 of his 43 career tackles last season.
"James is a player that's developed, "stated Mullen. "We expect him to be in that starting role this year for us. We're big on player development and maximizing players and have them become the best they can be and those two guys both fifth year seniors. We want to see them have great years."
Mississippi State opens the 2016 season September 3rd, hosting South Alabama followed by back-to-back SEC games. On September 10 the Bulldogs host South Carolina in Starkville and on September 17 MSU travels to Baton Rouge facing LSU.
Mississippi state has received three 2017 commitments from coast players two of them offensive linemen, 6-3, 345 pound offensive guard James Jackson of Pascagoula, 6-3, 275 pound offensive guard Paul Gainer of Gautier, and 6-3, 202 pound Ocean Springs wide receiver Austin Williams.