November 17, 2008

Croom's Monday Teleconference

Coming off another tough loss to rival Alabama this past weekend, Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom shed a little bit of sunshine on the Bulldog nation.

Croom announced that senior linebacker Jamar Chaney would return next season. Chaney broke his leg during the season opener against Louisiana Tech and will apply for a medical redshirt and will comeback in 2009.

"He and I were just talking the other day standing out there at practice," Croom said. "He said 'Coach, I've already made my decision. I'm going to comeback and I just wanted to let you know'. I told him that I appreciated that and that he let me know."

Chaney led the Bulldogs in tackles last season and his return will bolster the linebacking corps for next year.

"It is exciting because we've got K.J. Wright coming back and guys like Bo Walters," Croom said. "We've got a young man that's going to be an outstanding player (Chris White) from junior college. We're going to move Chaney back to the outside. That will give him the best chance to play at the next level and that's what his natural position is. We never really wanted to play him at middle linebacker but we had to. That really stiffens our linebackers immediately just having him back. On paper with the guys that we have committed with him coming back, that will definitely be one of our stronger positions."

As for this year, Croom is disappointed for his players having to suffer through another season without a bowl. MSU's loss to the Crimson Tide put them out of bowl contention with a 3-7 record.

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