Mississippi State Defensive Backs: Cutting down on big plays

Corey Broomfield is taking a Biblical approach in hopes of avoiding a sophomore jinx.
“The Bible says it clearly: ‘You reap what you sow.’ So I feel if I put in more work than I did last year, more than I have ever before, only success can come out of it,” he said.
As a redshirt freshman cornerback, Broomfield set the bar high for himself, recording six interceptions – tied for second in the SEC – and returned two of them for touchdowns.
MSU’s secondary as a whole accounted for 15 picks, and only one regular, Marcus Washington, is lost from that group.
Maurice Langston returns at the other corner spot, while safeties Johnthan Banks (4 interceptions), Charles Mitchell (4)and Zach Smith all bring starting experience.
New defensive coordinator Manny Diaz says he doesn’t put too much stock in all that, though.
“We have people, we have names,” Diaz said. “But I don’t know if we’ve distinguished ourselves in terms of players.”
A big concern for MSU is giving up big pass plays, which it did too often last season. The Bulldogs ranked 11th in the SEC and 64th in the country in pass defense, yielding 220.0 yards per game.
“You cannot be a good defense and give up big plays,” Diaz said. “It’s simply impossible.”
Diaz hasn’t been afraid to shake things up, working Banks some at corner in the spring. He’s also got an experienced Damein Anderson and a promising redshirt freshman, Nickoe Whitley, to work with.
Junior Wade Bonner will again play nickel back.

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