Mississippi State’s secondary received a crushing blow as projected NFL first round draft pick Will Redmond will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Coach Dan Mullen confirmed the news of Redmond’s injury during an interview with Maria Taylor on “SEC Nation” on the SEC Network on Saturday morning. Mullen talked about the impact losing Redmond and previously injured senior safety Kendrick Market has on the secondary.
“Those are probably our two best players back there coming into the season,” Mullen said. “Kendrick Market is the emotional leader of the team and Will Redmond is a team captain, which is voted on by his teammates and has the respect of those guys.
“For the players, you have the mindset of next man up and they’ve got to find a way to go make a play. But for the leadership of the team, those are huge losses and you can’t replace those guys and everything that they’ve put into this program. To have their college careers end that was is just devastating.”
Since the injury occurred this late in the season, Redmond does not qualify for a medical redshirt.
Redmond had started all seven previous games for the Bulldogs making 25 tackles, one pass breakup and led the team with two interceptions.
The 6-foot, 186-pounder from Memphis concludes his MSU career having played in 28 games with 99 tackles, 5 ½ for loss, eight pass breakups and five interceptions.
Redmond missed the first 18 games of his career due to an NCAA mandated suspension for receiving improper benefits during the recruiting process.
Redmond is the fourth player the Bulldogs have lost to a torn ACL this season joining Market, senior long snapper Winston Chapman and sophomore linebacker Dez Harris.
Junior Cedric Jiles is listed as the backup to Redmond on the depth chart.