Three Key Players Return For Mississippi State Football Ahead Of Egg Bowl

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football has three key players back available for the Egg Bowl after missing games in recent weeks, including two defensive starters.

Defensive tackle Cameron Young and safety Fred Peters were absent for the Bulldogs’ 55-10 victory against Tennessee State, but both players were dressed and warming up ahead of facing No. 8 Ole Miss (9-2, 5-2 SEC) on Thursday (6:30 p.m., ESPN).

Wide receiver and kick returner Lideatrick Griffin was also dressed for warmups and will be available for Mississippi State (7-4, 4-3). Griffin had missed the previous three games due to injury, but his return adds a key weapon back to the Bulldogs’ return game.

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Wide receivers Christian Ford and Rara Thomas, who have combined for 35 catches for 467 yards and four touchdowns this year, will each miss their second straight game, a team spokesperson said. Kicker Brandon Ruiz is also out for Mississippi State — marking his third straight absence.

Without Ruiz, Nolan McCord will handle field goals and extra points. Scott Goodman should take kickoffs. McCord, a freshman, made a career-long 43-yard field goal last week, but that’s about the edge of his range. McCord is 1-for-5 on kicks of 40 yards or longer.

There's plenty at stake in the Egg Bowl, with both teams vying for a second-place finish in the SEC West. Mississippi State will be led by quarterback Will Rogers while quarterback Matt Corral will play in his final Egg Bowl for Ole Miss.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Egg Bowl: Mississippi State has three key players return vs Ole Miss

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