Mississippi State is desperate to find some wide receivers for quarterback Tyler Russell to get the ball to after losing a glut of receivers to graduation including Chad Bumphis who led the SEC with 12 touchdown receptions. During the Bulldogs Maroon and White game on Saturday, JUCO transfer Jeremy Chappelle looked like a potential star and could emerge as Russell’s No. 1 option.
Chappelle was the headliner of an impressive haul of wide receiver recruits this winter for State and looked every bit the part in the spring game. Measuring in at 6-3 and tipping the scales at 210-pounds, Chappelle has the prototypical size you look for in a wide receiver and after transferring from Tyler Junior College has shown a consistent growth on the practice field.
According to John Talty of the Clarion-Ledger, Chappelle expressed his comfort level and the improvements he has been making in practice.
“After every practice we get grades and since the first practice my grades have been going up every day,” Chappelle said. “I’ve just been trying to learn the system. Once I get comfortable in the system I can really play my game and play fast.”
His time came during “Super Bulldog Weekend” in Starkville to showcase the skills he has been honing in practice and he showed out in a big way with 114 receiving yards highlighted by a deft 55-yard catch for a touchdown.
Chappelle won’t have the normal acclimation process that many players get their first year on campus. But as a JUCO-transfer, he has some experience and won’t be as green as some true freshman during their first year on campus. He will combine with Robert Johnson who could be in store for a breakout season himself and help Russell build off last year’s record-setting numbers.
The Bulldogs have to be encouraged after the performance Chappelle put forth Saturday and could prove to be the x-factor in the Bulldogs passing game this fall.