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Season likely over for MSU's Berry

October 10, 2010

MSU coach Dan Mullen will be without wide receiver-kick returner Leon Berry for sure and possibly center J.C. Brignone when he makes his return to Gainesville, Fla., Saturday. (Kim Murrell/SDN)

Leon Berry has likely played his final college football regular season game.
Mississippi State’s senior wide receiver suffered a broken left leg during Saturday night’s 47-24 win at Houston.
Berry's injury occurred after the kickoff return to open the second half and the State training staff immediately placed his leg in a air cast and carted the Bulldogs only senior receiver off the field.
“He’s likely done for the season,” Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said during the post-game radio interview Saturday night. “(The medical staff) said he could possibly play in a bowl game situation but we don’t know about that yet.”
Berry is currently second on the team with 188 receiving yards but his presence may actually be missed more on special teams as he enters this week 30th in the country in kickoff returns with a 26.8-yard average including a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown two weeks ago against Alcorn State.
Mullen confirmed during his Sunday media teleconference that senior center J.C. Brignone  will “be extremely limited” this week in practice after suffering what State officials are calling a severe knee sprain injury early in MSU’s victory at Houston.
The Bulldogs second-year head coach said Brignone, who has 27 starts at his position in his MSU career, won’t likely practice until at least Thursday in the hopes of giving the training staff the proper time to get the 300-pound offensive lineman healthy when State (4-2, 1-2 in Southeastern Conference) travel to No. 22 Florida (4-2, 2-2) Saturday night (6 p.m., ESPNU).
“I doubt he’ll be out on the field before Thursday,” Mullen said. “We’re just hoping to get him healthy and get him ready to play in the game on Saturday.”
Brignone did not return after suffering the injury in the first half and was replaced by Quentin Saulsberry, who moved from right guard to center for the rest of the game.
“I didn’t really change anything,” Saulsberry said after the game. “Your stuff’s the same, the fundamentals are the same, it’s just going out there and executing. You’ve just got your hand on the ball, that’s the only difference.”
State ties season-high number of votes in coaches’ poll
Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference) tied a season-high by receiving seven votes in the week seven version of the USA Today coaches’ poll that was released Sunday morning. The coaches’ poll is part of the BCS formula used to determine its national champion.
Six Southeastern Conference teams (Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida) were a part of the new poll, which was the most of any league. After Alabama’s stunning loss at South Carolina Saturday, Ohio State took over the top spot by getting 49 of 59 possible first place votes. Oregon was ranked second as the Ducks received six first place votes followed by Boise State Nebraska and TCU, who all received at least one first place vote.
Florida (4-2, 2-2), State’s opponent this week, fell to 22nd in both polls after losing at home Saturday night to LSU.
MSU's Mullen is among the 59 head coaches in the voting process in 2010.
The Bulldogs did not receive any votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll that was released Sunday afternoon.

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