Mississippi State will be without four injured players for its bowl game, coach Dan Mullen announced on Thursday.
And all four play in the trenches.
The Bulldogs (5-7) will take on 6-6 Miami (Ohio) in Monday’s St. Petersburg. The 11 a.m. ET game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., will be carried on ESPN.
But they will be without A.J. Jefferson, Michael Story, Darryl Williams and Deion Calhoun, Mullen told the media today.
Got some injury updates from Dan Mullen. AJ Jefferson, Michael Story, Darryl Williams and Deion Calhoun are all out for the bowl game.
— Bob Carskadon (@bobcarskadon) December 22, 2016
Jefferson is a senior defensive lineman with four sacks and 30 tackles this year, while the other three play across the ball. He reportedly had shoulder surgery after the Egg Bowl against Mississippi.
Dan Mullen said A.J. Jefferson had shoulder surgery following the Egg Bowl so he could recover in time for Pro Day.
— loganlowery (@loganlowery) December 22, 2016
Story is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, Calhoun is a redshirt sophomore, and Williams is a senior offensive lineman who had a scary injury against Kentucky earlier this year.