Mississippi State freshman wide receiver Malik Dear will play against Arkansas on Saturday — a piece of news that couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bulldogs.
There is still no news on star wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson’s status for game day. Wilson went down in the fourth quarter of Mississippi State’s loss to Alabama, and while coach Dan Mullen said the injury is not serious, he also has not given any update on whether Wilson will play.
Against Texas A&M on Oct. 3, Dear had two catches for 23 yards and broke off a career-long run of 53 yards to the end zone. He has picked up 27 yards rushing and 137 yards receiving in the seven other games he has seen action in this season.
Dear missed the last two weeks due to an ankle injury. He dressed for the Bulldogs’ game against Alabama, but decided he wasn’t fully healed and sat out the game.
“I tried to warm up before the game and it just wasn’t there, the feeling that I needed to go out there and perform,” Dear said, according to Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger.
Mississippi State will need that feeling to show up Saturday against the red-hot Razorbacks on the road. If it does, Dear’s contribution could be invaluable, said wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales.
“Malik is deceptive,” Gonzales said, according to Bonner. “Malik is fast. But Malik’s got power. He’s got the running back tag with him. To get him back and moving around, he’s been anxious to get out there.”