By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State sophomore Will Redmond made his collegiate debut Saturday night.
The embattled cornerback was suspended for the first 18 games of his career by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits during his recruitment.
Redmond finished with one tackle and a pass breakup. He was also in coverage on Bowling Green’s Ryan Burbrink in a crucial fourth quarter fourth-down play that fell incomplete giving the Bulldogs back the ball with 1:15 remaining.
“I give him a lot of credit,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “He’s had to deal with a lot of stuff and a lot of different pressure and he’s handled it. He’s been wanting to play for a year and a half.
“He’s been giving us good looks on the scout team up until this week. He had an opportunity to get into the game and get his feet wet a little bit and make some plays.”
The six-foot, 190-pounder from Memphis is a former four-star recruit out of East High School. He chose the Bulldogs over 17 other offers including Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.
“I’m proud of the way he’s handled everything and I hope he has smooth sailing the rest of his career,” Mullen said.
MSU junior linebacker Ferlando Bohanna made his 2013 debut Saturday night after suffering a preseason concussion.
Bohanna made one assisted special teams tackle but it could be his last. Mullen stated following the game that the six-foot, 225-pounder from Memphis, Tenn., would miss the remainder of the season and likely had his career ended by lingering effects from the concussion.
Clinging to a one-point lead with 4:31 to play, MSU was able to hold the Falcons from driving the length of the field to preserve the win. Bowling Green went 39 yards in 10 plays but Matt Johnson’s 4th down pass from midfield fell incomplete.
10 – Completions by Tyler Russell in his 11 pass attempts in the first half resulting in 95 yards.
“A win is a win and we’ll take it,” – MSU head coach Dan Mullen
The Bulldogs will enjoy their second bye of the season before taking on Kentucky Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Thursday night action on ESPN.
Coaches Dan Mullen, John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales were on staff at Bowling Green for the 2001-02 seasons. …Canadian redshirt freshman Justin Senior earned his first career start at LT. …LB’s Deontae Skinner and Benardrick McKinney led MSU with eight tackles each. …Freshman CB Tolando Cleveland recorded his first career fumble recovery and sack. …CB Justin Cox made his first career start. …QB Tyler Russell moved into third on the school’s all-time career completions chart with 368. …RB LaDarius Perkins scored his first touchdown of the season.