Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis will not play in the Bulldogs bowl game after suffering a broken clavicle, more commonly referred to as the collarbone, in MSU’s 31-23 victory in the 2010 Egg Bowl matchup at Ole Miss last Saturday.
X-ray results taken Monday afternoon on Bumphis came back showing the bone was broken and he would not be available until practices resume next spring.
In the second quarter, Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf hit Bumphis for a 44-yard lofted pass over the Rebels secondary to get State in the red zone to take its final lead of the game.
“It felt real good to see Chad go across the middle and I just laid the ball out there and he made a hell of a catch,” Relf said after the game.
On the play, Bumphis was caught from behind after the making the catch by two Ole Miss defenders and landed hard on his shoulder which forced the sophomore to be helped off the field. The Bulldogs leading receiver in 2010 would not return to the field leaving that second quarter pitch-and-catch play as his only reception Saturday night.
MSU officials also confirmed Monday senior wide receiver Leon Berry, who suffered a dislocated ankle at Houston, is doubtful for a 2010 return and junior tight end Marcus Green, who had season-ending knee surgery, will not participate in the bowl game.
These three injuries leave an already depleted State team looking for options at the skill positions for the postseason contest. The likely receiving options for the Bulldogs are sophomores Arceto Clark (22 catches, 317 yards, 2 TDs), Brandon Heavens (20 catches, 304 yards, 3 TDs), Chris Smith (20 catches, 218 yards, one TD) and true freshman Michael Carr from West Point High School (one catch for nine yards). State also had walk-on receiver Chris Cameron in the slot position in the second half against Ole Miss last Saturday.
“We’re not loaded with playmakers and we have some guys that make plays but not loaded with playmakers right now,” Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said after the Egg Bowl win Saturday. “We had the opportunities to make those big plays in that first half, they made them.”
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