Jamar Chaney, the senior linebacker who suffered a season-ending leg injury in Mississippi State’s season-opener, plans to return for the Bulldogs’ 2009 season, coach Sylvester Croom said today.
Croom said Chaney told him last week that he plans to apply for a medical hardship waiver, which would grant him an extra year of eligibility.
“That really strengthens our linebacker corps immediately, having him back,” Croom said.
Counting the season-opening loss at Louisiana Tech, Chaney started 27 of MSU’s previous 29 games before suffering the injury. He was Mississippi State’s leading tackler in 2007.
In addition to his tackles, Chaney was counted on to provide senior leadership for the Bulldogs as the 2008 season approached. He was one of two MSU players that represented the program at SEC Media Days in July.