Mississippi Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Here is the latest Mississippi sports news from The Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Four games into Sean Payton's return from NFL exile, the Saints look a lot more like the 13-3 team he coached two seasons ago than the 7-9 team he was banned from associating with last year. Drew Brees is leading an offense that has put up big numbers in consecutive victories.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- It won't be a surprise if freshmen play key roles when Auburn and Mississippi play. Both teams have relied heavily on their prized recruits going into Saturday's game. The Rebels' impact freshmen are led by defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and safety Tony Conner.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy says guard Marshall Henderson will miss games this season after being suspended from the program in July, though how many hasn't been determined. Kennedy said Tuesday that Henderson has been compliant with athletic department mandates and has been allowed to return to practice.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- LaDarius Perkins says he's healthy and ready to be a big contributor for Mississippi State's offense after a slow start to the season. He's already one of the most prolific running backs in Bulldogs' history, but he's rushed for only 109 yards through the team's first four games.

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