Mississippi State will be without two senior cornerbacks – one for the season and one for the first half of the season. The Bulldogs open the season next Saturday at home against South Alabama.
Mississippi State just lost both starting corners? Dan Mullen is cursed man. https://t.co/F8HLwRUWF9
— Brian Towle (@BrianRTowle) August 26, 2016
Senior Tolando Cleveland will miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Senior Cedric Jiles will miss at least the first half of the season as he recovers from a broken right arm. Both players were expected to step in to replace last year’s starters.
“We don’t visit that immediately because it’s all emotional,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said of the players’ redshirt status. “Guys have worked so hard to get into these situations and so hard to go play. Being a senior, an older guy and having it taken away from you like that, it’s so emotional. Let’s worry about getting healthy, getting our health back on track first, and then we’ll decide on the future a little further down the road.”
Cleveland, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, started 10 games last season and produced a laundry list of stats: 82 tackles (seven for loss), one-and-a-half sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 11 pass breakups, and two interceptions. Jiles has played in 26 games, making three starts.