Jeff Lebby adds key cog to Mississippi State football offensive line thanks to transfer portal

Jeff Lebby got a huge addition to the Mississippi State football offensive line with the addition of North Texas OL Ethan Miner.
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Jeff Lebby needs an offensive line and he's getting a key cog. The Mississippi State Bulldogs have made a crucial addition to their 2024 signing class as the Bulldogs land coveted offensive lineman Ethan Miner.

Out of the transfer portal and on over to Starkville, Mississippi, Miner (a 6-4, 295 pound offensive lineman originally from Connecticut, is set to join Jeff Lebby and the Mississippi State Bulldogs after spending time in both Denton, Texas and Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Miner started his college career playing for Blake Anderson at Arkansas State with the Red Wolves before ultimately making the decision to transfer to North Texas to play for the Mean Green last season.

The three-star transfer portal offensive lineman prospect is originally a recruit out of the 2019 recruiting cycle and he ended up with Arkansas State where he played for a few seasons, including in Arkansas State's win over Kansas State.

Mississippi State football recruiting: Jeff Lebby lands talented offensive lineman in North Texas transfer Ethan Miner

Getting Miner is crucial for the development of this offense. Not only do the Bulldogs get an experienced offensive lineman, Lebby is adding someone who has been part of some impressive offenses in understanding Anderson's schemes, but also getting to play a part in the way that Butch Jones started developing a passing attack at Arkansas State.

And then of course there was the fact that Miner was instrumental in helping Eric Morris get things rolling in Denton for an offense that averaged nearly 500 yards of offense per game (as well as over 300 passing yards per game).

Miner definitely understands how to play a role in an explosive offense. He's someone that can certainly help Lebby get the veer-and-shoot established in Starkville. And his existing familiarity with Jon Cooper, who was at North Texas, should make this process easier.