Mississippi State starting safety Kendrick Market has been bitten by the injury bug once again. Market tore his ACL Saturday against Texas A&M and will miss the remainder of the season, Dan Mullen confirmed.
Mullen-Kendrick Market has a torn ACL, out for the year. Everybody else is questionable this week.— Bulldog Sports Radio (@BulldogsRadio) October 5, 2015
Market, who tore his Achilles in last year's Egg Bowl, will not have the option to obtain a medical redshirt since he has already participated in four games.
It's an unfortunate injury to Market given that he fought so hard to come back from last years injury, and it was questionable whether or not he would even be able to start the 2015 season.
Market isn't the most talented player in the world compared to the elite safeties in the SEC, but he was always in position to make plays. He was one of the better tacklers on the team and the young players will have to step up in his absence.
Speaking of those young players, freshmen Jamal Peters and Mark McLaurin should see an increased role in the secondary going forward. There is never a bright side to any player's career ending, but Market's injury will definitely lead to more playing time for the highly touted freshmen.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Bryant -- who took over for Market against A&M -- should see a bigger role going forward as well.
I think the writing is on the wall at this point that the starting safeties in 2016 will be Brandon Bryant and Jamal Peters. They will be forced to grow up fast with the injury to Market, but the increased reps bode well for next season when they are called upon to be full time starters.