Dual-sport athletes could become more common in Mississippi State

There was a time when college-bound athletes were almost expected to play multiple sports when they arrived in Mississippi State. Former Bulldog athletic director Dudy Noble earned 14 letters in four different sports while a student-athlete at Starkville. Noble wasn’t alone, as many of the top athletes on campus represented brown and white on various playing fields.

As college football became more of a year-round activity due to off-season workouts and a more comprehensive strength and conditioning program, the college star of both sports became somewhat of a rarity. Former Bulldogs comeback specialist Glen Young played on the football field for coach Emory Bellard and served as the coach’s reserve outfielder. Ron Polk. Since Young continued his career in the NFL, few players have contributed to two sports in Mississippi State.

Former Bulldog quarterback Elie Staley took some shots for Dan Mullen and worked the hardwood for Coach Ben Howland. Staley played sparingly in both sports and was eventually traded.

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Brad Cumbest is the Bulldogs’ newest multisport player. Disconnected from East Central High School by Coach Dan Mullen, Cubest inked as a tight end. In the months leading up to the date of the report, some Major League Baseball teams have been asking questions about Cubest’s true desire to play college ball. Combest informed them that not only was he going to the state to play football, but he also planned to play baseball.

In the years that followed, Cumbest made greater contributions on the baseball field. During Mississippi State’s run to the 2021 National Championship, Cumbast took over as the everyday left fielder. The talented junior won’t be playing football this fall as he is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. It is expected to be full for baseball season.

Perhaps Cumbest’s greatest contribution to Mississippi State sports is the fact that he was able to play two sports and maintain strong academic records. Quite simply, Cumbest showed it could be done.

First-year quarterback Sawyer Robertson should have time to practice with Bulldog baseball once the football season is over. Current Mississippi State Commitment Dakota Jordan plans to play as a running back for Coach mike leach and work as an outfielder for Coach Chris Lemonis. Current bulldog football target Pierre Blanton previously engaged in Bulldog baseball. He also plans to pursue a college career in both sports.

The bottom line is that Leach and Lemonis work together to demonstrate that rookies who have the ability to play two sports at the SEC level will be given that opportunity if they sign with Mississippi State. Many other schools seek to limit those options, while the Bulldogs are open to all possibilities.

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