Calhoun Talks Tiger Tall Targets

Taveze Calhoun has emerged as one of Mississippi State's top pass defenders. The junior corner from Morton, Mississippi is one of the emotional leaders of Geoff Collins' "Psycho Defense". Calhoun and the Bulldog secondary will look to share their own brand of mayhem this week as they match up some one of the top receiver duos in the country in Auburn's Sammie Coates and Duke Williams.

"They are some good players," said Calhoun of the Tiger tandem. "We just have to play our technique and trust what coach tells us to do. We just have to go on execute and try to make plays.

"They're both big, fast and athletic guys with good hands.

"We have to play our technique and make a play on the ball, because they have a size advantage."

Calhoun reports that playing against Bulldog wide out De'Runnya Wilson has helped the Bulldog corners prepare for what the Auburn standouts bring to the table.

"It helps us a lot, because Bear is just as big as those guys if not bigger," said Calhoun. "He can help you perfect your technique against a bigger receiver."

Last week the Texas A&M offense had some success early, but bogged down offensively through the decisive middle quarters.

"I think we did pretty good, but we still have a lot of things to work on," shared Calhoun. "I think we have gotten better and better every game, so I feel like we're headed in the right direction."

Some have suggested that the Bulldog pass defense may be the weak link on the defensive unit. Calhoun report that he and his position mates are aware of the perception, but they do not let it shape their own outlook on the season.

"We hear that all of the time, but we just try to stay out of the media," said Calhoun. "People are going to talk, but it's like coach says we just have to go out there and try to win the game.

"People can have their own opinions, but we are just focused on winning the games."

The Tigers had some success throwing the ball last year against the Bulldog secondary, it was Nick Marshall's lone 300 yard passing game on the 2013 season.

Calhoun reports that he sees a lot of the same fundamental concepts in this year's Auburn offense, so in many ways the preparation remains the same.

"We have some comfort with those guys, because we played a good game last year," said Calhoun. "It's a different year and a different team, so we have to work to bring our A game on Saturday. They're a great team."

The Bulldogs have created some separation between themselves and their opponents this season. Mississippi State has lead by at least twenty points in every game on the campaign.

Late in games, some teams have been able to pad their stats and put some points on the board.

Calhoun reports that he would like to see the team close out games with a little more urgency.

"We just have to continue work and continue to pay for sixty minutes," said Calhoun. "Sometimes we might get lax in our technique or get a little complacent, because we're up a lot.

"It's noting they're doing. It's about us and what we need to do."

The two teams are ranked in the top three nationally, so there is a tremendous amount of attention surrounding the match-up.

Calhoun is ready to compete.

"I am real eager to get out there," said Calhoun. "It's another great opportunity to go out there and play against another top team.

"I know there is a lot of hype around the game, but we're just going to go out and play our game.

"We're going to just go have fun and play our hardest."


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