August 28, 2009

Position Preview: Linebackers

There is no doubt that Mississippi State should have one of the strongest linebacking corps in the Southeastern Conference this season.

The Bulldogs return fifth-year senior Jamar Chaney, who is returning from a broken leg in 2008 as well as freakishly sized K.J. Wright and also brought in junior college All-American Chris White.

"It should be one of the strongest units if everybody plays the way they are capable of playing," said defensive coordinator Carl Torbush. "The starting group is healthy, they know what we are doing, they get lined up right, they know how to make adjustments and are all big guys at 240-ish. I'm excited about that starting group."

Chaney led MSU with 89 tackles in 2007 and was on track for another monster season before breaking his leg in the fourth quarter of the season opener at Louisiana Tech last year after making 12 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder received a medical redshirt and was able to return for one more season of college football.

"Having a returning senior and a guy who has had a lot of snaps and was an all-conference player a couple of years ago has been a blessing as a new staff coming in," Torbush said. "He's such a great leader not only on the field but in the weight room and socially. He's got strong morals and values and is just a great role model from young people. Having him is really like having a coach on the field."

Wright led the Bulldogs with four sacks a season ago and finished second in tackles with 79 stops. At 6-foot-4, 245-pounds, Torbush is able to do some dynamic things with the junior from the WILL position.

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