Mississippi State right tackle Damien Robinson will miss the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL, the Clarion-Ledger's Michael Bonner reported Monday.
MSU head coach Dan Mullen told Bonner:
That was a position you weren't deep at. You were hoping that a Justin Senior and Rufus [Warren] could really spend this year in the supporting cast instead of the starring role. But hey sometimes in Hollywood you get your breaks at the right place and the right time.
When an injury strikes the (offensive line) combination may change. That's one of the things we have to be prepared to do and look, what's the best combination going to be?
The loss of Robinson, a senior starter, means minutes at the tackle position will be split between junior Rufus Warren and sophomores Justin Senior and Cole Carter. None of those three players has played a single in-game snap before. As an alternative, guard Justin Malone could be asked to switch to the tackle position, Bonner reported.
The 6-foot-8, 320-pound Robinson was part of an offensive line that allowed 23 sacks last season, a mark that was sixth best in the Southeastern Conference.
Mississippi State opens its 2014 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 30, against Southern Mississippi.
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