STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Former Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White used to text back and forth with his defensive coordinator Bob Shoop at all hours of the day and night. They'd discuss strategy, opponents and loop back to more strategy.
There will be more of that in both of their futures as Wartman-White is set to join Joe Moorhead's staff at Mississippi State as a defensive graduate assistant, the former linebacker announced on Twitter on Sunday.
Between Moorhead, Shoop -- who was hired to be the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator -- and former Penn State running backs coach Charles Huff, who will coach Mississippi State's running backs and also serve as the assistant head coach and run game coordinator, there will be plenty of Penn State connections on Moorhead's staff.
Wartman-White sustained back-to-back season-ending knee injuries during his redshirt junior and redshirt senior seasons at Penn State. The linebacker trained last offseason in hopes of getting a shot at the NFL but always had his sights set on entering the coaching ranks at some point. He also lost his freshman season in 2012 to a knee injury.
Wartman-White will now get that coaching opportunity in Starkville, putting in more long hours for Shoop, this time still likely texting back and forth all the time about strategy and how to attack an offense.