Blog Bag Answers: DBs and Tickets

A little late, I know, but I was awaiting an answer to a question. I still haven’t gotten the answer, but here’s what I do have.

Q: Will Johnthan Banks be 100% on Saturday? What’s the latest on Tobias Smith?

A: Banks is fine. He just twisted his knee a little bit on that play against Middle Tennesse State, and doctors have cleared him. Smith is expected to start, and I imagine he’ll play the majority of the snaps. They’ve just been playing it safe with him, essentially saving him for the biggest games. He played 49 snaps against Auburn and 49 against Tennessee.

Q: Is there a mandatory limit on how many or few tickets schools have to allow for visitors?

A: I asked that question of Mike Richey, MSU’s director of ticket operations. “The amount of tickets is contractual,” he said. “It varies from team to team.” 

Q: What was our ticket allotment for the Alabama game?

A: I inquired of both MSU and Alabama officials and have yet to receive an answer. When/if I do, I’ll update this.

Q: How do other teams’ starting secondaries compare to MSU’s? Do any other notable teams boast a starting secondary where everyone has at least one pick?

A: MSU has 12 interceptions, and that’s tied for ninth nationally. Eleven of those have been made by defensive backs, and the other was made by Matt Wells, who is a linebacker/safety hybrid, so I guess we could say all 12 belong to the DBs. SMU leads the country with 16 picks. Among SEC teams, Alabama and LSU lead the way with 13 apiece (who needs the  Honey Badger?).

Of Bama’s interceptions, 10 have been made by defensive backs – five guys with two apiece. That’s the same number for LSU, with six different DBs having at least one. I don’t know how many defensive backfields nationally boast such widely spread numbers, and frankly, that’s a ton of homework. Safe to say, MSU has one of the best sets of DBs in the country.

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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