Thursday Bulldog Football Notebook

Mississippi State University has suspended defensive back Adron Chambers following his Wednesday evening arrest by University Police Department. The arrest resulted from an alleged incident involving another Mississippi State student, and which allegedly occurred on the MSU campus.

The University suspension was made pending a campus hearing. Chambers has also been suspended from the Bulldog football team. Coach Sylvester Croom had no comment on the situation prior to Thursday's practice, as all questions regarding Chambers and the incident are to be referred to the University dean of students.

Attorney Jay Perry, of the Starkville law firm of Perry, Winfield, and Wolfe, has been retained by the Chambers family. Contacted Thursday, Perry said this remains an active investigation.

"The only formal charges that I am aware of are two misdemeanor charges pending in the Oktibbeha County Justice Court. I am not aware of any felony charges pending. Beyond that, I would have no comment."

Bond was posted at $500 for each misdemeanor charge, which were reported to be simple assault and indecent exposure.

Chambers, 20, is a native of Pensacola, Fla., and a redshirt freshman. He has played in all five Bulldog games so far this season as a backup cornerback, with seven total tackles. Two weeks ago his interception of a pass in the end zone in overtime set up Mississippi State's 16-10 victory at Alabama-Birmingham.

At Thursday's practice, freshman Marcus Washington was working in place of Chambers as the backup corner to starter David Heard. Chambers had primarily played as the substitute cornerback when State went to a ‘nickel' secondary formation.

*The Bulldogs went through their last true practice session Thursday in preparation for Sunday's 1:30 contest with #4-ranked West Virginia at Scott Field. In offensive drills, Omarr Conner and Mike Henig were the first and second quarterbacks working with the varsity. Henig, who broke his left collarbone on August 31, was cleared a week ago to play again and Croom has said the sophomore will be used this weekend.

Meanwhile redshirt frosh Tray Rutland—the starter against Auburn and Tulane—has stayed busy. In addition to early-week work with the varsity as co-#2 with Henig, he has done extra duty preparing State's defense for West Virginia's option attack.

"Tray has done a good job imitating (Mountaineer QB) Patrick White," Croom said. "We don't have anybody who can give us a look like (running back) Steve Slaton. But at least we get a great look at the triggerman from Tray."

*The suspension of Chambers has forced one shift in the defensive secondary, with Marcus Washington moving up the RCB depth chart. He is quite likely to play that because starter David Heard is the top ‘nickel' safety. And that position is a bit thin too because S Demario Bobo is out for the weekend with a hamstring problem.

Freshman Anthony Summers also moves up the pecking order at safety with Bobo sidelined.

The linebacker corps is getting back to fuller strength at least. Thursday, Timmy Bailey was running lots of plays with the second unit at outside LB while frosh Jamon Hughes has moved up to #2 behind Quinton Culberson in the middle.

*Croom said Thursday that State's single great challenge in playing West Virginia is countering their speed in all areas of the game. That includes special teams, where the Bulldogs have to be especially sharp this week.

"They've got returners with great speed and just like on defense and offense they do some things out of the ordinary," Croom said. "They use a true wide-front formation spread across the field, similar to what LSU did, with three guys in the backfield."


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