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A Mississippi State spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that tight end Artimas Samuel is no longer on the football team.
The news was first reported by Bulldawgs 247.Â
Samuel would have been entering his sophomore season with the Bulldogs this fall. He went through spring drills, but decided to leave the team this summer. No reason was given for his departure.Â
The Columbus, Ga., native played in seven games as freshman. He had four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. The lone touchdown came in MSU's 44-7 victory over Rice in the Liberty Bowl.
The Bulldogs will still have depth at the tight end position even with Samuel not on the roster. MSU has seniors Malcolm Johnson and Brandon Hill, sophomore Gus Walley and redshirt freshman B.J. Hammond at tight end. The Bulldogs also welcome junior college transfer Darrion Hutcherson into the fold.
MSU released the roster for the 2014 season. Defensive lineman Jordan Washington was not on the roster. He was arrested in the spring along with former Bulldog Charles Siddoway for suspicion of residential burglary and robbery by threats. Washington was suspended indefinitely after the incident, but a team spokesperson confirmed that he is longer on the team as well.
There are several number changes on the new roster. Wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson will wear No. 1 this season. The last two to wear No. 1 were Chad Bumphis and Nickoe Whitley.
Fred Brown will wear No. 5, Kivon Coman No. 11, Damian Williams No. 11, and Deontay Evans No. 17.
to Shelton State
Mississippi State utility baseball player Daniel Garner will transfer to Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a source confirmed Wednesday.Â
Garner was redshirted as a freshman in 2013 and played in just 24 games as a redshirt freshman this season. He batted .273 with 12 hits, three doubles and five runs batted in.Â
The Madison, Ala., native is playing with the Lima Locos in Lima, Ohio, with Bulldogs Ben Hudspeth, Dylan Ingram and Austin Sexton.Â
Current Bulldog outfielder Jake Vickerson played for the Shelton State Buccaneers for two seasons before transferring to MSU.Â
Garner was expected to give the Bulldogs an offensive boost this season.Â