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Nickoe Whitley was the nucleus of the Mississippi State safeties the last few seasons.Â
He made several big plays, including two big strip fumbles in the last two games of the regular season in 2013 to get the Bulldogs to a bowl game.
He's not there this year, but safeties coach Tony Hughes is confident someone will fill that void.
"The thing is the chemistry back there is still strong," Hughes said. "When Nickoe was with us, those guys all bonded together. With Nickoe not being there, it just carries on with tradition.Â
"We had Charles Mitchell and he was the leader back there and then Nickoe became the leader. Now Jay (Hughes) and Kendrick Market become the leaders. That's establishing tradition and you like to see that."
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