After a fairly quiet off-season since its 44-7 thumping of Rice on New Year's Eve, Mississippi State football learned yesterday that it would be one wide receiver short as it enters summer workouts and grows closer to the 2014 season.
Wide receiver Jeremey Chappelle, a would-be senior from Tyler, Texas, has left the football program, according to the school and various media outlets on Monday. Chappelle came to MSU last year from Tyler Junior College in his hometown, and in one season he caught four passes for 45 yards.
Jeremey caught a lot of people's attention in last spring's maroon and white game when he caught eight passes for 114 yards, but from the season numbers that obviously didn't translate. According to Mike Bonner at the link provided above, Chappelle simply stated that his move was based on a desire for more playing time. Hard to argue with that.
As for where this leaves MSU going into the fall, it should hardly change the front lines of depth at the wideout position. MSU returns all three 2013 starters - Robert Johnson, Jameon Lewis, and Joe Morrow -, and rising sophomore De'Runnya Wilson who will most likely challenge for a starting spot as well. The Bulldogs also have the talented Fred Ross coming back from a late 2013 injury this fall, as well as Shelby Christy, B.J. Hammond, and Fred Brown, who like Chappelle in 2013 made a ton of noise in the 2014 spring game. That list also does not include incoming freshmen Jesse Jackson or Jamoral Graham, who are both talented enough to come straight in and vie for playing time.
As of yesterday it had not been announced where Chappelle is headed from here. Wherever it may be, though, we wish him the best of luck.