STARKVILLE, Miss. (WJTV) – A year after losing two key pieces of its secondary in Will Redmond and Kendrick Market to injury, Mississippi State enters 2016 with a similar problem.
Senior cornerbacks Tolando Cleveland and Cedric Jiles are expected to miss significant time this season with injuries.
Cleveland, according to Dan Mullen, tore his ACL and will miss the entire season. He has played in 38 games in three seasons, totaling 80 tackles (7 for loss), 13 passes defended, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
Mullen said Jiles, a Clinton High School alumnus, broke his right arm and will be out until mid-season. The former Arrow has played in 26 games as a Bulldog, racking up 40 tackles and 5 passes defended in three seasons. Jiles missed the 2014 season after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in preseason camp.
Click the video below to hear from Dan Mullen on how these injuries hurt this year’s team, especially with how young it is.