Video: Quinndary Weatherspoon, Craig Sword

Mississippi State guards Quinndary Weatherspoon and Craig Sword preview the Bulldogs’ midweek match-up against Texas A&M. Weatherspoon talks about winning SEC Freshman of the Week while Sword speaks about closing out his college career on a winning note.

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Freshman, Guard

On this past week for him…

“We got two wins and that is what I am really excited about. We got back-to-back wins in the SEC and that is what I am most excited about. The awards that I have won, I credit my teammates for those because they put me in a position to win them.”

On improving defensively…

“I think it is pride that helped me improve. I want to stop someone. I was used to playing zone in high school so it took time for me to get better at man.”

On changing from zone to man…

“It helped me to understand where I’m supposed to go and what I have to do and I’ve gotten better at getting in gaps and everything like that. In the zone you are just in one spot and in man you have to constantly move and rotate.”

Craig Sword, Senior, Guard

On his game evolving…

“I just feel like I have to help everyone else because we’ve got a young team and you have to lead the freshmen. Q [Quinndary Weatherspoon] or the others would forget plays sometimes so you have to find a way to get on the ball.”

On his defense being his main focus…

“It has been a big focus for me. Coach [Ben Howland] preached it a lot during the summer time and he told me I could be one of the best defenders in our league so I took that in and tried to produce wins with it.”

On what has changed in his defense this year…

“The biggest thing that has helped is Coach Howland believing in me. I just play harder than I have ever played before. Last year we had subs in practice and this year we don’t so you end up playing defense the whole practice.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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