Injuries are a part of the game, and unfortunately that means game over far too soon for a number of young college football players. Such is the case at Mississippi State. Tight end Gus Walley and offensive lineman Jake Thomas are reportedly no longer with the Bulldogs, and it does not appear they will be continuing their football careers elsewhere.
According to a report from Inside Mississippi State Sports, Walley’s career came to an end due to concussions. After starting seven of the eight games in which he appeared, Walley did not play in either of Mississippi State’s final two bowl games, including the bowl game against North Carolina State. Walley ended his season by catching two passes for 10 yards in a 51-50 victory at Arkansas. In his eight games, Walley caught 19 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Thomas missed the entire 2015 season, which was injury plagued from the start. He appeared in just two game sin 2014, his redshirt freshman season. Multiple reports say Thomas will stay at Mississippi State to complete his degree. Perhaps Dan Mullen can find another way to keep Thomas involved with the football team, if that is something Thomas would like to explore.