Fall football roster released, changes afoot

Mississippi State’s official fall football roster is out as part of the new media guide, and with it come several news items and changes among the team.

If you feel like losing a few hours of productivity, you can scan the full media guide with clickable links on HailState.com and take a look at the updated roster for yourself.

Most notably, one player is absent from the roster. Junior fullback William Shumpert will sit the season out as medical redshirt with an undisclosed injury.

Shumpert’s absence affects the depth chart, though junior Adrian Marcus and senior Sylvester Hemphill provide plenty of bodies at a position Dan Mullen has used with varying degrees of regularity.

Now, for the fun stuff. There are several number changes among the veterans, as well as freshmen getting their first numbers.

We’ll try to keep you from feeling confused when you see numbers from last year on different-shaped bodies doing strange, new things. So, commit these uniform changes to memory and you can impress your friends and family (and maybe even that special somebody you’ve had your eye on) when they say, “Who is that?” and you have the answer.

  • Sophomore running back Nick Griffin has switched to No. 7, the number formerly held by safety Wade Bonner.
  • Sophomore tight end Malcolm Johnson has adopted the number of his friend and former MSU quarterback Dylan Favre, switching to No. 6.
  • Senior cornerback Darius Slay switched to No. 9, the number previously held by departed linebacker Brandon Maye.
  • Denico Autry got a new number before he ever even hit the field, switching to No. 90 after spring practice in a trade with redshirt freshman defensive lineman John Harris, who will now wear 99.
  • Redshirt freshman running back Derrick Milton, in a move that bodes well for his future in Maroon and White, has taken over the No. 28 jersey left by fellow running back Vick Ballard.
  • A few freshmen of note: defensive back Will Redmond has No. 2, safety Quadry Antoine inherited 29, massive defensive tackle Nick James will wear No. 88 on his back, cornerback Cedric Jiles will take over No. 14 in Chris Relf’s absence and speedy receiver/returner Brandon Holloway will don the No. 80 version of the Mississippi State jersey.

All told, MSU’s roster has 72 student-athletes from the state of Mississippi, as well as several each from Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida.

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