STARKVILLE — Quarterback Will Rogers has not come close in his three seasons under center for Mississippi football. Brad Cumbests may count two catches in 2020, but even he was traded from tight end to wide receiver when coach Mike Leach arrived in Starkville.

Tight ends were not used on Leach’s airstrike, meaning new offensive coordinator Kevin Barbay is inheriting an intriguing situation. He needs to fill a position that the Bulldogs haven’t had since 2019.

However, his pitch shouldn’t be that difficult. Tight end Henry Pearson led Appalachian State — Barbay’s previous stint as OC — with five touchdown receptions. He amassed 25 catches for 329 yards — an average of 13.2 yards per catch.

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