St. Martin’s Brandon Cunningham hot topic at MSU Road Dawgs Tour

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In between the time that Joe Moorhead accepted the job as head football coach at Mississippi State and the time that Moorhead made his way down to the Coast for last year’s ‘Road Dawgs Tour’ former St. Martin offensive lineman Brandon Cunningham decommited from Miami and gave his new pledge to MSU.

One year to the day, Coach Moorhead was back in Biloxi at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino for the tenth annual ‘Road Dawgs Tour’

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Moorhead describes last year’s transition as drinking water out of a fire hose, but says going 8-5 with an Egg Bowl victory in his first season made for a successful transition.

As for Cunningham, the ESPN four-star product was a big part of Coach Moorhead’s second-ever recruiting class in Starkville with enough personality and talent to go around. “He literally just Face Timed me before I came down here, told him I’d have to get back to him. But like you said we lost personality and production and we’ll gain a lot of that personality back with Brandon. But he’s a fantastic young man, great family and kind of like the linemen we’ve had, big, strong physical, incredibly athletic, plays with a mean streak so he’s going to be able to come in and press for playing time and he’s got a very bright future. Brandon is unique in a positive way. He’s got a huge personality, he’s got a great smile, really cares about his teammates and incredibly competitive and I think that’s the kind of mentality you want to play in this conference. It’s a line of scrimmage league, you can’t be short on confidence, and that’s something Brandon is not short on. He’s not short on confidence.”

Over the holidays, Cunningham was a part of the first-ever World Bowl put on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.