Mississippi State football

Mississippi State running back J.J. Jernighan (32) looks for a gain against Memphis earlier this season.

The Amory native transferred to Mississippi State after playing the 2018-19 season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. There was no scholarship available with the Bulldogs, but decided to join the program as a walk on.

Jernighan made a promise to his parents that he was going to earn a scholarship.

That goal was realized this week.

MSU head coach Mike Leach informed Jernighan on Tuesday that he had in fact been placed on scholarship.

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