April 29, 2009

Bumphis will be counted on early at MSU

With the lack of depth Mississippi State has a wide receiver, many of the freshman signees are expected to be thrown right into the mix in the fall.

One of the more anticipated players to hit the field among that group is four-star wideout Chad Bumphis. The Tupelo, Miss., product is hoping to make an immediate impact in new head coach Dan Mullen's spread offense.

"I'm going to try," Bumphis said. "It just depends on how far my game goes during the offseason and how much stronger I get and how fast I learn the offense. I think I'll be able to do it."

Bumphis comes to Starkville after a star-studded career for the Golden Wave in which he amassed 5,379 all-purpose yards and 56 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder produced 2,034 receiving yards, 1,348 rushing yards and 568 yards through the air along with 1,429 yards in return yardage.

Following his senior campaign, Bumphis played in both the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic and also the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl.

Bumphis chose the Bulldogs over offers from around the country including Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss and signed his national letter of intent on live television on national signing day at WCBI.

Since that time things have certainly slowed down for the former Dandy Dozen selection but that doesn't necessarily mean he has been sitting around since singing day.

"I've been doing mostly track and lifting since then," Bumphis said. "It's calmed down a lot. It was fun but it's good to have it done and over with. It was kind of crazy."

Bumphis and the Tupelo track team will participate in the North half championship this weekend before heading down to the state final track the next.

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