Brown Likes Mississippi State Chances

Junior defensive end Ryan Brown is playing some of the best football of his Bulldog career. A rotation guy as a sophomore, the Arch-Bishop Shaw product has worked his way into the starting line-up in this his junior season. A season high five tackles in his most recent outing against his own home state Tigers of LSU, clearly ratifies the decision to give Brown the starting nod.

Brown the Bulldog defense faced an LSU offensive line that was still looking for the right combination.

The task this weekend will be much different when Texas A&M comes to town with a veteran offensive line that has played a lot of snaps together as a unit.

"They have a lot of experience and we have a lot of experience," said Brown. "We have to watch a lot of film, because we know they are too.

"You have to know that they are watching every move we've made.

"We're going to try to come out and set the tone and hit them first and hit their quarterback first."

The media attention surrounding this weekend's contest between the two teams with the longest active winning streaks in the SEC has been intense.

The talented edge setter reports that he sees the attention the Bulldogs are getting as a reward for the hard work they have put in to get to 4-0.

"I guess we're doing something good if people are talking about us. I see it as a positive," said Brown. "We just have to work hard and try to get better.

"We work hard for every team and we know that after every game we win that the next one is just going to be bigger.

"I feel like if we just come out and play our game, then we're going to be alright."

The Aggie offense led by quarterback Kenny Hill brings a unique set of challenges. The Bulldog front wall will have to play with more balance and discipline this week rather than just firing off the line and plugging holes.

"He's not Manziel, but he's also athletic," said Brown of Hill. "We are going to play him like we did Johnny Manziel. We are going to try different means to apply pressure and get in his face early in the game."

Last season, Mississippi State went on the road with four games left to play needing a split to earn bowl eligibility.

While the Bulldogs lost to Texas A&M, 51-41, the squad found something in that loss that has allowed them to spring forward.

"Our coaches came together and we came together," said Brown. "From that point on we were one.

"We all felt that when we had to come into meetings on Sunday. We all talked about what we did and what we could do better. That's when we all just started pulling together.

"I think that gives us an advantage this year. We are where we wanted to be before we started the game last year."

Despite the morning kickoff, the lights may not shine brighter on Starkville than they will this Saturday.

A chance to take the next step up the ladder in the SEC West and another stride towards national respect weighs in the balance.

Brown reports that these Saturday slugfests with the eyes of the nation upon you, are what players work for all year round.

"Games like this is exactly why I signed with Mississippi State," said Brown. "These are the moments we've all worked for.

"I am very excited about the upcoming Saturday and then the next Saturday and then all of the Saturdays after that."


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