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Mississippi State defensive end Marquiss Spencer of Greenwood is looking to make a strong push for more playing time next season. He played in four games last year before seeing his season end early due to injury.

No Mississippi State player may be more eager to hit the field Saturday for the spring game than Greenwood’s Marquiss Spencer.

The former Greenwood High School standout was lost for the season last fall when a shoulder  injury caused him to have season-ending surgery.

Spencer saw action in all four of MSU’s games before going down last  fall, making three tackles and a half-tackle for loss. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound ex-GHS star was the Bulldogs’ second-team option along with Kobe Jones behind Gerri Green last season. Spencer started spring practice on a limited basis but appears to be full speed for the annual Maroon-White spring contest.

“Coaches say he is doing really well. They are quite pleased with his progress,” GHS coach Clinton Gatewood said.    

Spencer does have a redshirt option available after appearing in 29 games during his first three seasons in Starkville. He has made 39 career tackles along with eight stops for loss, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and two pass deflections.

It was important Spencer be ready to go this spring since the Bulldogs’ Chauncey Rivers could’ve started on plenty of SEC teams last season. He was just stuck behind Sweat at MSU. When Rivers did get chances to come in, he made many disruptive plays. He’s a pure pass rusher who will likely be a standout player in his senior season.

Spencer is on the heavier side as far as defensive ends go. Spencer could actually move to defensive tackle to add depth there. Head coach Joe Moorhead said that’s a possibility.

Also, a redshirt freshman has noticeably made an impact this spring.

It’s Jalen Crummedy of Oak Grove High School.

Crummedy played with the starters during last week’s scrimmage with fellow redshirt freshman Fabien Lovett and senior Kendell Jones sidelined with injuries.

In the secondary, Mississippi State lost its two starting safeties, its starting nickel and a starting corner. Time to panic, right? Wrong.

Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop thinks this year’s unit will be faster and potentially just as talented as 2018’s.

It starts with Abram’s replacement, senior Brian Cole.

Cole played in five games last season before going down for the year with a shoulder injury that needed surgical repair. Cole has come back this spring as a full participant, and he has been unstoppable.

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