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STARKVILLE - Although Michael Henig has received his share of negative attention for the six interceptions he threw against LSU and a career passing percentage that's less than 50 percent, his statistics are very similar to Brandon Cox of Auburn.

Particularly in the last seven games.

In that stretch, Henig has thrown for 1,410 yards, eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

In comparison, Cox's numbers are 1,181 passing yards, eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Of course, there is one difference - wins.

Cox has five, and Henig has three.

FB Jones likes move

n At first, Jeremy Jones didn't welcome the transition from tight end to fullback.

Now, though, he's loving the move, one that was decided back in the spring.

"I was mad at first," he said. "But now I'm pleased. It was the perfect decision that's worked out for my life, and one that's been best for the team."

Against Tulane, the Harvey, La., native had to rely on his tight end instincts in the third quarter to haul in a touchdown pass from Henig.

On a fade route to the corner, he had to make an adjustment based on what the defensive back was doing.

"Yeah, I had to think back to how a tight end would make the catch," he said. "That really helped."

Although he agreed to make the move, he asked to keep his No. 84 jersey.

The coaches agreed.

Streaky series

n Auburn holds a 56-22-2 advantage, including a 25-5 mark in Auburn.

The Tigers have also won six straight against the Bulldogs.

Before that streak started, though, MSU won four in a row.

Another streak Auburn has in its favor is shutouts.

The Tigers have outscored Mississippi State 62-0 the last two years.

Tigers from the Magnolia State

n Auburn's roster currently features three players from Mississippi - senior defensive end Quentin Groves (Greenville), junior linebacker Steve Gandy (Waynesboro) and offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey (Madison).

The Bulldogs have 15 players from Alabama, including captains Titus Brown and Henig.

Bulldog bites

n MSU is 19-53-1 all-time in SEC road openers and haven't won one since 1999 at Vanderbilt. ... Saturday marks the first time since 2001 State has opened the season with three-straight televised games. ... MSU receiver coach Pat Washington was a quarterback for Auburn from 1982-85.

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