STARKVILLE — Sylvester Croom has been nothing if not optimistic about the prospects of his junior All-Southeastern Conference tailback, Anthony Dixon.

Speaking at Mississippi State’s media day Thursday, Croom, the MSU coach, added another quote to a heap of them.

“He had a good year last year, by anybody’s standards,” Croom said. “The guy gains a thousand yards, leads us to a bowl game. (But) when you go back and look at the film in the offseason, he left at least 500 yards out there. At least 500 yards on the field.”

As he said earlier in preseason practice, Croom said Dixon is “practicing at a very, very high level right now.”
Carpenter leaves

Croom said reserve offensive lineman Johnny Carpenter told him Wednesday night that a recurring shoulder injury has forced him to leave the team. He’ll remain in school, Croom said.

Carpenter, of Citronelle, Ala., has played in eight games and was penciled in as Anthony Strauder’s backup at left guard.

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