A shakeup continues in Starkville. Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach confirmed the departures of three more players on Wednesday's Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference, bringing the total to seven Bulldogs over the last two weeks that have either moved on or are expected to do so.
The latest MSU players to exit are junior wide receiver Tyrell Shavers, junior defensive lineman Tre Lawson and junior defensive lineman Jamari Stewart. That trio joins quarterback/wide receiver Garrett Shrader, quarterback Jalen Mayden, offensive lineman Nick Pendley and running back Kareem Walker as players who are no longer in MSU maroon and white. Shrader, Mayden and Pendley have all entered the transfer portal. The other four guys haven't yet taken that step, but could soon do so.
No specific reasoning has been given for most of the departures, however Leach commented on the situation at length Wednesday.
"Every time I've been involved with a program, there's been a certain amount of turnover," Leach said. "I mean, you need guys to buy into what you're doing and you need guys to want to work really hard and play really hard and do it the right way."
Leach also hinted that, in some instances, discipline might've been an issue.
"We want to be a program that has certain expectations and rules that are best for everybody," Leach said. "Those that don't follow them won't be part of the program and that's a service we'll gladly continue to provide."
Despite all that has gone on in recent days from a roster management standpoint, it doesn't appear as though anything is yet totally settled for Leach and the Bulldogs. Leach said others might soon be on the way out.
"I'd be surprised if we don't lose more," Leach said. "If you're stunned or nervous, I mean, you better brace yourself because we might lose more."
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