McClellion opts out of season before Hogs’ road trip to Mississippi State

Ahead of a game against Mississippi State, that will throw all night long, cornerback Jarques McClellion opted out of the season Thursday.

After Sam Pittman saying earlier Thursday he was taking just about anybody that’s played in the secondary to Starkville, cornerback Jarques McClellion announced via Twitter he’s opting out of the remainder of the season.

McClellion, the No. 3 cornerback, was likely to see significant playing time but chose to opt out.

Pittman apparently didn’t know that earlier or was letting the redshirt junior make the announcement when he chose to do it.

Pittman sort of implied he was expecting McClellion back when asked specifically about him and linebacker Devin Bush, who missed the opener against Georgia and were reportedly not on the sidelines.

“The guys have looked good, the two DBs,” Pittman said. “They’ve done a good job.”

Your guess is as good as ours about whether he knew anything or it was simply a generalized answer to a specific question that also had another part about artificial crowd noise at the game.

McClellion was listed on the depth chart as the backup to Montaric Brown at cornerback for Saturday’s game released Monday.

We won’t know who will be stepping into his spot or how cornerbacks coach Sam Carter handle McClellion’s departure because the press conference with Pittman on Thursday will be the last media appearance before the game.

The Hogs will face Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Alternate channel. If your television provider doesn’t carry that channel, you can watch online at ESPN+ or various streaming services.

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