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MSU 2012 spring football practice update No. 1 - Michael Carr leaves Bulldogs program


Michael Carr (85 in white) will no longer be a member of the Mississippi State football program according to Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen Tuesday.

Michael Carr (85 in white) will no longer be a member of the Mississippi State football program according to Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen Tuesday. Photo by: Getty Images



Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen confirmed wide receiver Michael Carr would no longer be with the Bulldogs football program starting this spring. 


"He just doesn't really want to play football any more," Mullen said Tuesday in his media availability days before spring practice begins Thursday afternoon.  


MSU spring practice will begin on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. workout and will conclude with the Maroon-White Spring Game on April 21. All spring practices are open to the public.  


It is currently unknown if and where Carr will continue his academic or athletic career after leaving MSU before the start of this upcoming academic semester. Carr, who would have two years of eligibility left, was not listed on the 2012 spring roster for the first time since signing with the Bulldogs in Feb. 2010 but nearly missing the first day of fall camp due to NCAA eligibility issues.  


Carr, The Dispatch's 2009 Large Schools Offensive Player of the Year and 2009-10 Athlete of the Year, was a former four-star prospect according to Rivals.com and caught four passes for 74 yards as a freshman in the 2010 season saving his best performance as a three-catch, 65-yard effort in a 52-14 victory against the University of Michigan in the 2011 Gator Bowl. Carr had a 31-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the victory. 


"If you work hard then you get opportunities like that," Carr said after the 2011 Gator Bowl. "It''s all about starting from the bottom and trying to find a way to get to the top."  


In 2011, Carr only earned seven catches for 90 yards as a sophomore while missing the final five games of the season due to what Mullen described as an undisclosed personal issue that had to be resolved before returning to the field. 


"When those things get worked out he knows he's welcome back here," Mullen said in December 2011. "He's part of the family, and we want what's best for him."  


In practice Carr shared kickoff and punt return duties with veterans Chad Bumphis, Johnthan Banks, and LaDarius Perkins in camp. As a true freshman, Carr had 49 yards on three returns in games against the University of Alabama and the University of Arkansas.  


"Michael has a much better understanding after coming in late and there are still things we''ve got to clean up," MSU receivers coach Angelo Mirando said after a practice on April 1, 2011. "Each scrimmage he has to develop into a five-more-snaps-a-game guy. He needs to be competing for a starting job this summer."  




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