November 20, 2008

Croom wants to send seniors out on top

Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom would like nothing more than to send his seniors off on a positive note.

With the Bulldogs out of bowl contention, Saturday will give the 24 seniors on the roster something to play for. MSU has not defeated Arkansas in nine years and doing so would give the seniors something to be proud of in their final home game.

"We are coming up on a very good Arkansas team," Croom said. "We've got them at home and haven't beaten them in nine years. It's a big game for us, an SEC contest. We are out of the possibility of a bowl game picture but this game is important so we want to finish our season on a very positive note."

The Bulldogs have a secret weapon this year in preparing for Arkansas. Linebackers coach Louis Campbell. Campbell is an Arkansas alumn and spent 18 years with the Razorbacks.

"He has given us name, rank and serial numbers on every player there," Croom said of Campbell. "He can tell us about their guys. From a coaching standpoint you can verify if he emphasizes what you think or correct what you may think on film. You know about the players and what kind of people they are and the ability they have. But ultimately it comes down to the players making plays against other guys on the field no matter how much you know about them going into the game."

Croom also discussed his decision to go with Tyson Lee at quarterback earlier in the season on the SEC coaches' teleconference.

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