Things are really starting to click for Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis, and that could spell danger for opposing defenses.
Coach Dan Mullen said during Wednesday’s SEC coaches call that he finally saw more development in Bumphis’ game during this offseason. As a junior, Bumphis, who drew comparisons to Florida’s Percy Harvin early in his career, is starting to realize the things he needs to change in his game in order to become the complete player Mullen expects him to be in the Bulldogs’ offense.
It’s not that Bumphis was lazy or didn’t know the offense. Mullen said it was hard for Bumphis to develop because he was immediately thrust into a starting situation when he first arrived. With that, he didn’t have the veteran leadership to help him progress on the field.
He was basically learning on the fly, and there was only so much he could do.
Now, that maturity is kicking in, and Mullen has seen a player preparing and fixing things better than he has before.
“This summer he really worked and tried to improve himself and look at himself on film and find every negative in his game and try to take it to a higher level,” Mullen said.
As dynamic a player as he was in high school, lining up at quarterback and wide receiver, Bumphis has primarily been used in the passing game at Mississippi State. Bumphis has hardly been a slouch, leading the Bulldogs in receiving during his first two seasons, but there is so much more Mullen would like to get out of him.
With his improved knowledge of the offense and his game improvements, Mullen expects him to be a true multipurpose player this fall.
“Chad’s a guy I feel comfortable being all over the field,“ Mullen said. “Now that he understands our offense a lot better, he knows what he’s doing at the receiver position now. When a guy understands that it’s a lot easier to have fun and move him around. He can play quarterback, play running back, do all those other things.”