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Report: Mississippi State hires Jeff Lebby as head football coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Mississippi State Bulldogs have hired former Oklahoma Sooners offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby as their head football coach. He has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal. 

The 39-year-old takes over a program that went 5-7 this past season. The school fired former head coach Zach Arnett earlier this month. 

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel throws a pass as offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby watches before a Bedlam game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys
Dillon Gabriel throws a pass as offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby watches before a Bedlam game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Bulldogs administration appointed Greg Knox as their interim head coach. Knox went 1-1 as their interim head coach. 

His final game as interim head coach came on Thanksgiving Day when the Bulldogs were defeated by arch rival, the Ole Miss Rebels, in the Egg Bowl. 

This will be Lenny’s first head coaching job. However, he is already familiar with the Southeastern Conference. 

The Bulldogs play in the SEC West. His former employer, the Rebels, also play in the SEC West.

Lebby was the Rebels offensive coordinator under head coach Lane Kiffin in 2020 and 2021. 

The Bulldogs administration hope that Lebby will bring a high octane offense to Starkville, Mississippi. Their former head coach Mike Leach also has a high octane offense at the school before his death in December 2022. 

Under Arnett and Knox, the Bulldogs offensive attack was woeful as they were 107th out of the 133 teams.

The team scored 21.8 points per game on average. On the season, the Bulldogs had scored 262 points on offense. 

If you look at their schedule, you would see that they scored 130 points in three games. In their remaining games, they scored 132 points in nine games. 

They scored a season high 48 points in their season-opener against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. 

They then scored 41 points in two additional games. They had 41 points in a win over the Western Michigan Broncos on October 7th. 

In their second-to-last game under Knox, the team scored 41 points in a win over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles on November 18th. 

Their worst performance came in a 24-3 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats on November 4th. 

Will Rogers — who On3 has reported that he has entered the transfer portal — went 142 of 237 for 1,626 yards. Rogers also had 12 touchdown passes and four interceptions. 

In comparison, under Lebby at Oklahoma, Dillon Gabriel had back to back 3,000 passing yardage seasons. He had a collegiate-high 3,660 yards this past season. 

Jo’quavious Marks led the backs with 121 carries for 573 yards and four touchdowns. Only two additional backs broke past 300 yards on the season. 

Seth Davis had 356 yards. Mike Wright also had 324 yards. 

Lideatrick Griffin led the receivers with 658 yards. Zavion Thomas was the only other receiver, who broke 500 yards as he had 503 yards. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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