Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
As if the season-opening 22-14 loss at Louisiana Tech wasn't bad enough, Mississippi State learned Sunday night that senior middle linebacker Jamar Chaney was out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured leg.
Chaney, a second-team All-SEC selection a year ago, was one of the Bulldogs' best defenders and one of their strongest leaders. His leadership will really be missed as Mississippi State attempts to recover from an embarrassing performance that saw the Bulldogs turn it over five times and not pick up a first down in the fourth quarter.
But before Mississippi State fans jump completely off the bandwagon, it's worth noting that last season's opener was even worse for the Bulldogs. LSU crushed Mississippi State, 45-0, in Starkville, but the Bulldogs still recovered to win eight games.
So keep the faith -- and hope the Bulldogs grow up on offense in a hurry. Sounds like Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom is sticking behind quarterback Wesley Carroll and has no interest in juggling his quarterbacks. Carroll threw three interceptions in the opener and didn't play in the fourth quarter.