By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
The Mississippi State Bulldogs, 7-6 last year with a win over Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl, will start 2012 without the services of at least three players when the take on Jackson State in Starkville at 6 p.m.
A team spokesman announced that sophomore defensive lineman P.J. Jones (Tupelo), sophomore cornerback Jamerson Love (Aberdeen) and junior receiver Ricco Sanders are suspended indefinitely for unspecified violations of team rules. All other Bulldogs are expected to be dressed out and available.
All three players are backups but have played key roles. Last year, Jones made nine tackles, recovered a fumble and had a pass break-up in 12 games. He’d been expected to compete for a starting job at defensive tackle this fall, but Curtis Virges (West Point) has won that battle for now. Love made 18 tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss and a pass break-up in 13 games last year. Sanders had 15 catches for 163 yards (10.9 ypc) and a touchdown in 12 games.
There were no injury updates given. On Monday, we were told that tight end Malcolm Johnson (pectoral injury) was doubtful for at least the next two games, while backup offensive lineman Templeton Hardy (ankle) was doubtful today.