November 24, 2009

Chaney's last stand

Late last season, Mississippi State senior linebacker Jamar Chaney had a decision to make.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder broke his leg in the fourth quarter after a 12 tackle performance in the Bulldogs season opener against Louisiana Tech and had the option to apply for a medical redshirt or finish up his collegiate career and enter the NFL Draft.

After consulting with former MSU head coach Sylvester Croom and some of his NFL contacts, Chaney made the choice to come back for one final season in maroon and white.

"I got some positive feedback (from NFL scouts) but everybody was unsure if I could comeback off that injury and if I would be healthy enough to go to the combine," Chaney said. "I didn't think that I would be at 100-percent to go through all that kind of stuff so that's pretty much why I did what I did."

Chaney has made the most of his second chance at his senior season leading the Bulldogs in tackles with 88 stops on the year. He is currently ranked fifth in the Southeastern Conference in tackles and has also made 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections in his 11 starts.

"It's a blessing and I see it as a blessing in disguise," Chaney said. "I'm going out there trying to help because we've got a lot of young guys on defense that this is their first time playing big time football. Just to have a hand in that with what Coach Mullen and Coach Balis are doing with this football team is amazing and I'm happy to be a part of it."

Chaney stated that he has had no lingering effects from his broken leg and is back full strength this year. He along with defensive tackle Kyle Love are the only two seniors that have made the majority of the starts on the defensive side of the ball for State.

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