Three more players are departing the Mississippi State football program, coach Mike Leach said Wednesday.
Junior wide receiver Tyrell Shavers, junior defensive end Tre Lawson and freshman Jamari Stewart are the most recent defectors from the program. In all, that makes seven players to leave the Bulldogs in two weeks, joining sophomore quarterbacks Garrett Shrader and Jalen Mayden, freshman offensive lineman Nick Pendley and senior running back Kareem Walker, 247Sports reported.
That does not include running back Kylin Hill, the third-leading rusher in the Southeastern Conference last year, who is rumored to be on his way out of Starkville.
Leach said Wednesday that he believes Hill plans to leave Mississippi State to get ready for the 2021 NFL Draft.
"We wish him the best," said Leach, who is in his first season leading the Bulldogs.
In three games this season, Hill has 15 carries for 58 yards. He also caught 23 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He did not play in the team's most recent game, a 28-14 home loss to Texas AM.
Mississippi is 1-3 on the year and is scheduled to play at Alabama on Saturday. Leach said on Wednesday's coaches teleconference that he would "be surprised if we don't lose more."
Mississippi State won its first game, a 44-34 defeat of LSU, but has lost the past three. Leach said after an embarrassing 24-2 loss to Kentucky on Oct. 10 that a roster overhaul could be coming.
"I think we're going to have to kind of check some of our group and figure out who really wants to play here," Leach said. "Any malcontents, we're going to have to purge a couple of those."
--Field Level Media