Mississippi State safety Kendrick Market saw his career come to and end this past weekend against Texas A&M.
Market tore the anterior crucial ligament in his left knee on the first play of the second quarter and will miss the rest of his senior season.
“Unfortunately that was probably the last play of his career,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “It’s always a shame. You never know when it’s going to end for a young man.”
Market battled back from a ruptured Achilles in last year’s Egg Bowl and had started four of the Bulldogs five games this season. He missed the Northwestern State game with a foot injury and had 23 tackles on the year.
“He’s an amazing young man,” Mullen said. “He’s about 5-8, 195 and runs a 4.75 forty and has been an impact player in the Southeastern Conference. It just shows the type of person that he is, the man he is, the work ethic he has and how successful he’ll be in his life.”
The Batesville native appeared in 41 games during his MSU career with 20 starts. He finished with 147 tackles, three for loss, one interception, three pass breakups and a forced fumble.
With Market missing, the Bulldogs will turn to a trio of freshmen – Brandon Bryant (redshirt), Jamal Peters (true) and Mark McLaurin (true).
Junior Deontay Evans filled in during the Orange Bowl after Market’s injury last year. Evans is listed as a backup to Kivon Coman at the other safety spot.
Market is not eligible for a medical redshirt.