Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis is enjoying a superb senior season for the 8-3 Bulldogs and living up to the vast potential that preceded his arrival from Tupelo, Ms.
As one of the biggest recruits in Dan Mullen’s inaugural recruiting class, expectations were heaped on the receiver who was supposed to be the dynamic playmaker, in the mold of Percy Harvin, who Mullen coached while he was the offensive coordinator at Florida.
The 5-11, 200-pound Bumphis battled through inconsistent quarterback play and a broken collarbone that kept him out of the school’s Gator Bowl win over Michigan in 2010, but has been a dominant performer in his last season in Starkville and raised his draft stock considerably.
With Tyler Russell behind center, the two have formed quite the rapport and as a result Bumphis leads all SEC receivers with 10 touchdown receptions–two more than the next closest receiver.
Bumphis established a new career high for receptions in a season last week when he brought in six catches to give him 49 on the year–five more than he has as a sophomore.
He has also set career highs in yards this season with 758 besting the 634 he also had as a sophomore, and if Bumphis can bring in two touchdowns in the Egg Bowl vs. Ole Miss on Saturday that will give him 12 touchdowns on the year–equaling the mark he had in his first three seasons combined.
A fourth straight win over their bitter in-state rivals on Saturday night would mean more than individual accolades, but the success of Bumphis is one of the big reasons why Mississippi State has had so much success the last four years.
No. 1 in maroon and white will be one to watch as he plays in his last Egg Bowl for the Bulldogs and you better believe he would love nothing more than scoring a couple touchdowns to quiet the crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and keeping the Egg Bowl trophy in Starkville–where it’s been his entire collegiate career.
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