March 26, 2009

Chaney makes his return to the gridiron

Mississippi State senior linebacker Jamar Chaney expected to be preparing for the NFL Draft this week.

But after fracturing his leg in the fourth quarter of the Bulldogs opener against Louisiana Tech last season things changed. Chaney would missed the remainder of the 2008 season but after receiving a medical redshirt decided to hold off on his pro career for one more year in Starkville.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder made his gridiron return Tuesday as the MSU began their first spring practice.

"It feels good to be back at practice," Chaney said. "It's been half a year, almost seven months. It feels good because I missed it. Coming out here and dressing out before we go to practice, it's just the little things that you wouldn't think about before the injury. I really did miss and it I'm happy to be out here."

After such a long hiatus away from the field, Chaney does not think he had much rust and his injured leg was not a problem. However there are other obstacles standing in his way in learning a new defensive scheme under new coordinator Carl Torbush.

"I felt pretty good," Chaney said. "The main thing for me is just learning the defense. I need to get to where I am not thinking out there on the field so I can get out there and know what I am doing no ifs, ands or buts about it. I'm nowhere where I want to be at and as a defense we are nowhere where we want to be at."

Chaney played for four years under former head coach Sylvester Croom and could already tell a drastic change of pace under Dan Mullen.

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