By JOEL COLEMAN
Kendrick Market has likely played his final snap for Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs’ senior safety went down with an injury during MSU’s 30-17 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said during his weekly press conference on Monday that Market suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
“Unfortunately, that was probably the last play of his career,” Mullen said. “It’s a shame. You never know when it’s going to end.
“That’s a big, big loss for us.”
Market played and started in four of Mississippi State’s five games this season, totaling 23 tackles. He sat out of MSU’s home game against Northwestern State on Sept. 19 with a foot injury.
This is the second major injury Market has sustained in the last calendar year. During last season’s Egg Bowl, Market tore an Achilles tendon that forced him to miss playing in MSU’s Orange Bowl contest against Georgia Tech.
Market’s Bulldog career will presumably conclude with him playing in 41 total games with 20 starts. In those games, he tallied 147 tackles and three tackles for loss while intercepting one pass.
“For an amazing young man, people laugh at him because he’s 5-foot-8 and weighs 195 pounds and runs probably a 4.75 (40-yard dash) and he’s been an impact player in the Southeastern Conference,” Mullen said. “It just shows the type of person he is and the man he is and the work ethic he has and how successful he’s going to be in his life.”
Market’s injury will test the depth of the Mississippi State secondary. Brandon Bryant, Jamal Peters and Mark McLaurin provide depth at the position, but all are in their first season of action.
“All the safeties’ roles are going to have to increase,” Mullen said. “Guys are going to have to grow up in a hurry at that position.”
- Mullen gives other injury updates
Market wasn’t the only player to suffer an injury at Texas A&M.
Receivers Gabe Myles and Joe Morrow, cornerback Will Redmond and left tackle Rufus Warren all left the field because of ailments.
In addition, tight end Gus Walley didn’t play against the Aggies due to a hand injury sustained in practice the week prior to the game.
Besides Market, Mullen deemed the rest of his banged-up players as questionable heading into this week’s game against Troy.
“We’ll see how they feel,” Mullen said. “We rested a lot of those guys (at practice on Sunday).
“We’ll have a better idea on Tuesday with those guys.”
- Mullen breaks down Troy
When Mississippi State takes the field against Troy on Saturday, the Trojans will have a different head coach than when the schools last met in 2013.
Neal Brown, who at 35 years old is the second-youngest head coach at the FBS level, is in his first season at the helm of the Troy football program after serving as an assistant at the school from 2006 to 2009. Brown came back to Troy after spending the last two seasons as offensive coordinator at Kentucky. He also guided the Texas Tech offense from 2010 through 2012.
While Brown brings in a different staff than the one Mississippi State defeated 62-7 two seasons ago, Mullen said there are similarities to Brown’s staff and the former regime.
“A lot of that stuff goes back to the coaches all come from the Troy system,” Mullen said. “There’s not a different philosophy. There is different personality.”
To this point, Brown has led Troy to a 1-3 record, defeating Charleston Southern while losing to NC State, Wisconsin and South Alabama.
- MSU, Louisiana Tech game time set
Mississippi State will have a morning kickoff for the first time this season.
It was announced on Monday that MSU’s Oct. 17 nonconference tilt against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium is scheduled for an 11 a.m. kickoff.
The game is set to be broadcast on the SEC Network.