STARKVILLE – Mississippi State added two more true freshmen to the mix Thursday night.
Tight end Artimas Samuel and offensive guard Jamaal Clayborn became the latest newcomers to make their collegiate debuts this season for the Bulldogs, bringing the total of true freshmen to appear this fall to nine.
“Artimas made a huge catch and there was some pretty good blocking,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “I didn’t see a lot of glaring errors on Jamaal’s part, but there’s some big steps he needs to take moving forward. Give them both credit for coming in and doing a good job.”
MSU has used 11 members of its 2013 recruiting class, leaving only eight redshirts remaining. Eight true freshmen saw the field against Kentucky. Clayborn played the majority of the game at right guard and Samuel hauled in a 28-yard catch, although his name misspelled on the back of his jersey as “Sameul.”
On offense, true freshman quarterback Damian Williams has appeared in two games, completing 11 of 18 passing for 152 yards and an interception. Running back Ashton Shumpert of Fulton has seen six games of action with 31 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Wide receivers Fred Ross and De’Runnya Wilson have played in every game with Ross catching nine passes for 115 yards and Wilson hauling in seven balls for 134 yards and a score.
The Bulldogs have used three freshmen defensively. Defensive lineman Chris Jones of Houston has started three games making 17 tackles, four for loss, one sack and five quarterback hurries.
Cornerback Kivon Coman has seen action in all seven games making 10 stops, one for loss and a fumble recovery. Fellow corner Tolando Cleveland has played in six games with six tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss as well as forcing and recovering a fumble.