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PHOTO: Mississippi State paints tribute to Nick Bell in end zone

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Mississippi State has already drawn notice this season for painting Twitter hashtags in its end zone, but it's a good bet Bulldogs fans will remember Saturday's end zone paint job for much longer.

This week's game against Arkansas is State's final home date of the season and the program's Senior Day, and the Bulldogs will honor late defensive lineman Nick Bell by painting his name and number in the end zone. Bell, then a sophomore, died at the age of 20 in November 2010 after a sudden battle with cancer, only weeks after starting the Bulldogs' first game of the season.

Bell will be honored along with the rest of what would have been his senior class as part of pregame ceremonies, and via Mississippi State athletics official Chad Thomas, here's what the end zone will look like:

Whether you're an SEC fan, it may be worth tuning your TV to Mississippi State and Arkansas Saturday afternoon -- kickoff is at 12:21 p.m. ET, game preview here -- to get a glimpse of the Bulldogs' classy gesture.

HT: Clarion-Ledger

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