jack abraham

Oxford native Jack Abraham led the nation with a 73.1 completion percentage last season. 

Game day: Sept. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville on ESPNU.

Series: Tied 14-14-1 overall. MSU leads 9-6-1 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 34-16 in Hattiesburg in 2015.

Head coach: Jay Hopson, 21-16 in three years at USM, 53-33 in seven years overall.

2018 Record: 6-5, 5-3 C-USA

W Jackson State 55-7

L Louisiana-Monroe 21-20

- Appalachian State Canceled

W Rice 40-22

L at Auburn 24-13

L at North Texas 30-7

W UTSA 27-17

L at Charlotte 20-17

W Marshall 26-24

L at UAB 26-23 (OT)

W Louisiana Tech 21-20

W at UTEP 39-7

Returning starters:

Offense (5)

QB Jack Abraham, 6-0, 204, Jr., 223 of 305 passes, 2,347 yards, 15 TD, 10 INT; 49 carries, minus-78 yards, TD

WR Tim Jones, 6-1, 192, Jr., 42 catches, 508 yards, TD; 3 carries, 13 yards

WR Jordan Mitchell, 6-3, 202, Sr., 37 catches, 351 yards, 3 TD

LT Arvin Fletcher, 6-3, 310, Jr.

C Trace Clopton, 6-2, 290, So.

Defense (6)

DE Jacques Turner, 6-1, 247, Jr., 33 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 FF, blocked kick

DT Demarrio Smith, 6-2, 264, Sr., 17 tackles, TFL, sack, PBU, blocked kick

LB Racheem Booth, 6-0, 210, Jr., 47 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 PBU, 2 FR

CB Rachuan Mitchell, 5-11, 190, Jr., 36 tackles, 3 TFL, sack, 3 INT, 5 PBU

CB Ty Williams, 5-10, 163, Sr., 49 tackles, 6 TFL, sack, 3 INT, 6 PBU, FF

FS Ky’el Hemby, 6-1, 195, Jr., 51 tackles, TFL, 6 INT, 3 PBU

Specialists (1)

P Zac Everett, 6-1, 190, Jr., 40 punts, 1,566 yards (39.2 avg.), long 71

Former MSU commitment

OL Paul Gainer, 6-3, 280, Jr., six games played – three starts

Former MSU coaches

Reed Stringer, Tight ends

Paul Gonnella, assistant coach/ recruiting coordinator

2019 Schedule

Aug. 31 Alcorn State

Sept. 7 at Mississippi State

Sept. 14 at Troy

Sept. 21 at Alabama

Sept. 28 UTEP

Oct. 12 North Texas

Oct. 19 at Louisiana Tech

Oct. 26 at Rice

Nov. 9 UAB

Nov. 16 at Tulsa

Nov. 23 Western Kentucky

Nov. 30 at Florida Atlantic

logan.lowery@journalinc.com

Twitter: @loganlowery

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