Injury ends season for State's Griffith

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

The day after their 21-9 loss to Troy State brought no good news for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Starting fullback Justin Griffith is out for the remainder of the season.

Griffith has been playing through pain caused from a nerve in his neck, but Sunday an MRI revealed a bone spur in his neck.

Redshirt freshman Darnell Jones, Griffith's backup, will miss practice time this week with a knee injury but should be ready for Saturday's 8 p.m. home game against LSU. But Griffith's loss means players will be shuffled to help at the position.

The first will be linebacker Kamau Jackson, who played fullback some in short-yardage situations against Troy State. Jackson swapped jeresys with defensive end Corey Brown to wear No. 48, an eligible backfield number.

"We have to find a fullback who can come in and play," MSU coach Jackie Sherrill said. "Taking Justin out of the game, because he can do so many things other than block, puts pressure on other players to do things to compensate."

Through five games Griffith has rushed 13 times for 40 yards and caught 10 passes for 118 yards. He is the team's third-leading receiver and has 66 career receptions.

Griffith had one catch for a 27-yard gain and rushed once for 2 yards against Troy State.

Jones (5-foot-11, 242) has rushed four times for 7 yards and has caught two passes for minus-6 yards.

Jackson (6-1, 238) has played in all five games, recording 16 tackles, 11-2 tackles for loss and half a sack. He lists no previous fullback experience in the school's media guide.

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