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HOOVER, Ala. -- Mississippi State enters preseason practice with a four-man quarterback battle. Coach Dan Mullen admits its not an ideal situation.I will be a happy guy to name a starting quarterback and find somebody that has separated themselves from the other three, Mullen said.So far, the race to replace Dak Prescott has been too close to call. Prescott was easily the most productive quarterback in program history -- throwing for more than 9,000 career yards and running for more than 2,500. He threw 70 touchdown passes and ran for 44 more.He even caught three touchdown passes.Good luck filling those shoes.Its safe to say none of the four candidates for the job -- sophomores Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley, junior Damian Williams and freshman Nick Tiano -- will match Prescotts production right away.But Mullen and players are confident someone will step forward to keep the Bulldogs competitive in the SECs Western Division.They all bring a little different skill set to the table, but they all can throw and they all can run, Mullen said. I think when you have that dual threat, it makes the defense have to account for all 11 players on offense on every single snap.The 6-foot-5 Fitzgerald was Prescotts primary backup in 2015. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 235 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Staley and Williams also have some game experience.It has definitely been different without Dak, Mississippi State receiver Fred Ross said. All of the quarterbacks have been working hard and doing things the coaches have asked of them.Quarterback might be the most high-profile position battle at Mississippi State, but theres also plenty of uncertainty on defense.The Bulldogs lost their entire defensive coaching staff during the offseason, including coordinator Manny Diaz, who left for Miami. His replacement is Peter Sirmon, who comes to Mississippi State from Southern California.Its Mississippi States third defensive coordinator in three years.The Bulldogs do have several veterans returning on defense, including linebacker Richie Brown, defensive linemen A.J. Jefferson and Nelson Adams and safety Kivon Coman.Jefferson said learning another defense wont be particularly difficult.Playing defense doesnt change, Jefferson said. Every defensive coordinator weve had come here might dress it up a different way, but its all the same thing. They want us to be juiced and have energy and just go out there and play.-----Follow David Brandt on Twitter: college football website: [url=]Malik Carney Jersey[/url] . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . [url=]Will Harris Jersey[/url] .Y. -- Sabres forward Drew Stafford has witnessed plenty of turmoil during his eight seasons in Buffalo. [url=][/url] . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. [url=]Chris Lacy Jersey[/url] . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. [url=]Quandre Diggs Jersey[/url] . The third-ranked Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and 10, served five aces and broke Wickmayer, also a former winner in 2009, five times. "The result looked easier than it really was," Ivanovic said. Dwyane Wade is the Heat franchise leader in points, assists and steals. He has more than twice as many points with Miami as anyone else. ' ' '