A Q&A With MSU CB Coach Deshea Townsend

Mississippi State cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend talks about the cornerbacks position.

What is your impression of the cornerbacks position?
"Overall, as a group, the one thing that we have is a lot of speed. We lost two great players to the NFL that we would love to have back but it is a great opportunity for those guys who played behind them to have a chance to show their skills. We will have some growing pains but the best thing for them will be getting reps. The more reps they get, the better they will be."

Talk about each player individually.
"The leader of the group is Jamerson Love. He probably has the most experience of the group. And I kind of lean to him more when I need to get something done. He is the one who I will lean to to help the young guys get up to speed. He is an excellent player who has great technique and understands the defense.

"The next guy - he didn't play this past spring - is Taveze Calhoun. We are looking forward to him getting healthy. He hasn't been healthy his first couple of years here but he has played some. But he's a student of the game who should help us in the fall.

"Another guy who everybody is excited to see play in the fall is Justin Cox. He is a true talent who is a physical specimen with great size and great speed. He just needs to understand the defense a little better and learn how to be a corner in the SEC. Studying the game will be big for him but he's a true talent.

"Cedric Jiles is probably a natural corner who understands the game. He tackles well, covers well. He'll probably have to be the type player that I was, a student of the game, to be the best and maximize his game.

"Will Redmond is another guy. He is probably the most gifted guy in the room. He has great speed. He is super talented. But he'll have to miss the first five games of the season (due to NCAA penalties). When he comes back he is going to be hungry. We just have to keep him focused and let him get out there and get some playing time.

"Another guy is Kivon Coman, a freshman that transferred from Hargrave. He is a physical guy who can play corner but he is going to add great depth to our entire secondary because he is going to be able to play safety in the future. He can play dime or nickel. He's just a very versatile guy.

"One thing I love about all those guys is we are learning how to become a unit together. I tell them all the time our mantra is we are in this together. They know that I am in it with them."

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