Examining MSU’s Updated Football Roster

With most of its new players now on campus, Mississippi State has posted an updated football roster for the 2011 season. You can view it here.

There are a couple of notable omissions: receiver Charles Bailey and defensive lineman Jeff Howie. MSU has not responded to my request for confirmation about those players’ respective status.

Howie would be the bigger loss. As a junior college transfer last season, the 6-foot-4, 330-pounder recorded 10 tackles and 4.0 tackles-for-loss in 11 games, and was expected to be a key reserve this fall. As for Bailey, he played in just one game (the opener vs. Memphis) and had no catches.

The new roster shows us that 15 true freshmen are now with the team. In fact, all but three of the Bulldogs’ 22 signees are on campus: athlete Justin Cox of West Point, who according to Paul Jones is going to spend the next two years at East Mississippi CC; running back Josh Robinson of Franklinton, La., who told Jones that he plans to be at MSU by August; and of course athlete Shaquille Perry of Walnut, who we already knew was headed to Northeast Mississippi CC.

Juco transfer Darius Slay came in last week for the start of second summer term. Fourteen signees reported in June, as did Clemson transfer Brandon Maye. (If you’re trying to do the math, remember that four signees enrolled in January.)

How many of these guys will actually play this year? Well, coach Dan Mullen redshirted 18 of his 2010 signees.

There are only 17 seniors on this roster, and 10-12 of those guys could be in the starting lineup come Sept. 1, including Maye at linebacker. Expect plenty of the redshirts to contribute, which would conceivably allow the newcomers to sit back and watch on game days.

Senior James Carmon is still listed as a defensive lineman, even though he’s been working at offensive line since December. Probably just a typo, which is known to happen on football rosters.