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Jarvis Varnado

Introducing your new NCAA all-time blocked-shots leader, Mississippi State Bulldog, Jarvis Varnado. Varnado claimed sole possession of the title last night, during the Bulldogs win against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The record-breaking block — Varnado had eight in the game (Wowzers) — came against a shot from the Tide’s Mikhail Torrance. Varnado’s career blocks total stands at 536.

The previous record, held by Louisiana-Monroe’s Wojciech Mydra, was 535.

I’m not sure what’s rarer: the blocked shots record being broken or the fact the team with the record-breaking player actually won. Usually, when an individual accomplishment occurs in these kinds of games, the team with the record-breaker seems to wind up on the losing end. Not so with Mississippi State. Not only did they avoid the team letdown, the Bulldogs also kept their March Madness hopes alive.


For the season, Varnado is averaging just over five blocks a game, and he’s on pace to finish his collegiate career with a total near the 550 mark, provided he continues at his current pace. To celebrate Varnado’s record, here are a few more YouTubes of his work. The words “come strong” come to mind, but I’m not entirely sure that would be enough to finish over the new shot-blocking king.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of videos of Varnado’s work on the intertubes, so if you haven’t seen him perform, you might want to make some room on your calendar before this season is over.