We roll along with our Rant Sports, SEC 50 Players in 50 Days player previews where we take a look some of the best players in the Southeastern Conference. We have reached the eight day mark and you can really start to feel it in the air, college football is here. What a great time the next six months will be as we roll through September all the way to January and the BCS Championship Game. Today, we take a look at one of the best playmakers in the SEC, Mississippi State wide receiver, Chad Bumphis.
Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State:
The 2012 college football season will usher in the forth year of the Dan Mullen era in Starkville. 2011 could be considered a down year for the Mississippi State Bulldogs as they finished up 7-6, after having high hopes of competing for an SEC West title. Mullen will be looking to break in a new quarterback as Tyler Russell looks to replace Chris Relf. Also gone is running back Vic Ballard, who led the Bulldogs in rushing last year with 1,228 yards. The offense only returns four starters, with three of the four being the starting wide receivers. The leader of this group, Chad Bumphis, will be looking to make his senior year memorable after a subpar year in 2011.
Bumphis will have to be more of a playmaker in 2012 if the Bulldogs are finally going to make a move in the SEC West. He finished the 2011 season with 25 receptions for only 339 yards and three touchdowns. Definitely not the numbers fans in Starkville expect from Bumphis, who in 2009, earned All Freshman SEC honors. He will be looking to improve on his career numbers of 101 receptions for 1,351 yards, while scoring 12 touchdowns. Not only a receiver, Bumphis returned eight punts for 133 yards and a touchdown in 2011.
Mississippi State definitely has a chance to make a move in the SEC West in 2012. The schedule sets up very nicely, as the Bulldogs could possibly be 7-0 heading to Tuscaloosa on October 27. The offensive line will be the key on offense, as they only return one starter from the 2011 squad.