STARKVILLE – Mike Leach announced Wednesday that former Mississippi State football student-athlete Jamar Chaney has been hired as a senior defensive analyst for the Bulldogs.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jamar back home to Starkville and the program." Leach said. "Jamar had an outstanding career here as a student-athlete and brings experience, knowledge, and familiarity with Mississippi State. He has a valuable reputation around the game and our state. This has been a goal of ours since we arrived in Starkville, and our players and staff can't wait to get to work with him."
Chaney, who spent the 2019 season at the University of Florida as the assistant director of player personnel, was a standout at linebacker for the Bulldogs from 2005-09. Prior to his time at Florida, Chaney was head coach of his alma mater, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, where he went 11-8-1 and coached the school to its first playoff appearance in seven seasons.
"Mississippi State means so much to me and my family, and I appreciate Coach Leach for the opportunity to return home to a place that I have so many great memories," Chaney said. "I am excited to be a part of an outstanding football staff and athletic department, and I can't wait to get to work."
During his collegiate career at MSU, Chaney played 49 games and totaled 286 tackles, including 11 for loss and six sacks. Chaney earned All-SEC honors as a junior in 2007 after leading the Bulldogs in tackles with 89.
A native of Fort Pierce, Florida, Chaney was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. After three seasons with the organization, he spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.