BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Mardye McDole, one of the greatest wide receivers in Mississippi State history, has been selected to the 2018 SEC Football Legends class, the league office announced Tuesday.
Still the only three-time All-SEC wide receiver in Bulldog history, McDole led the conference in receptions (48) and yards per reception as a sophomore in 1978. That year, McDole became the first player in MSU history with over 1,000 receiving yards in a single-season (1,035), a mark that remains the school record.
The Mobile, Alabama, native was tabbed an All-American by The Sporting News following his senior year in 1980. He finished as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards (2,214) and catches (116).
McDole then was selected in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He spent three seasons there and also played for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL and the Memphis Showboats of the USFL. He was inducted into the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
The 2018 SEC Legends class will be honored at the 2018 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, highlighted by the annual SEC Legends Dinner on Fri., Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sat., Dec. 1.
2018 SEC Legends Class
Alabama – Shaun Alexander, RB (1996-99)
Arkansas – Darren McFadden, RB (2005-07)
Auburn – Ronnie Brown, RB (2001-04)
Florida – Lawrence Wright, S (1993-96)
Georgia – Hines Ward, WR/RB (1994-97)
Kentucky – Rich Brooks, Head Coach (2003-09)
LSU – Ronnie Estay, DT (1968-71)
Ole Miss – Jim Miller, P (1976-79)
Mississippi State – Mardye McDole, WR (1977-80)
Missouri – Devin West, RB (1995-98)
South Carolina – Eric Norwood, LB (2006-09)
Tennessee – Phil Fulmer, Head Coach (1992-2008)
Texas A&M – Pat Thomas, DB (1974-75)
Vanderbilt – Zac Stacy, RB (2009-12)