Walley, Thomas no longer on MSU football team

Former four-star prospect Jake Thomas is finishing out his degree and will no longer play football. (Mississippi State)

Former four-star prospect Jake Thomas is finishing out his degree and will no longer play football. (Mississippi State)

As Mississippi State prepares to start spring football practice on March 9, it will do so without tight end Gus Walley and offensive lineman Jake Thomas.

A team spokesman confirmed to the Daily Journal that both players are no longer part of the team.

Walley’s career was cut short due to concussions. As a junior this past season, he appeared in eight games with seven starts. He hauled in 19 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown and played in his final game against Arkansas.

Walley missed five games in 2015 due to head and hand injuries.

Walley, a 6-foot-4, 242-pounder from Richton, concludes his career having played in 20 games with 23 catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He redshirted in 2012 and missed the 2013 season after Tommy John surgery.

Thomas played in two games during the 2014 campaign as a redshirt freshman but did not see any action last fall. He entered the season as the No. 2 left guard behind Justin Malone.

MSU coach Dan Mullen stated in late October that the 6-foot-5, 320-pounder from Columbus “was going through some injury stuff”.

Thomas will remain at MSU to finish his degree in biological sciences and apply to veterinary school.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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