Calhoun Talks Bama Passing Game

The MSU defensive efforts have centered around stopping the run. The Bulldogs have been rather salty on the ground, but opponents have had some success down the field in the passing game. With Alabama and All-America candidate, Amari Cooper, on the schedule next, the Bulldog pass defense will need to come up big if the #1 ranked Bulldogs hope to control their destiny the rest of the way.

Bulldog corner Taveze Calhoun reports that the Bulldogs have worked hard this week to prepare for the challanges that the Alabama offense brings.

"I think we're going to try to just do what we do best," said Calhoun. "We are going to play our defense and try to make plays against (Cooper). We know he's a great player, they have some other great receivers too.

"I think we need to stick with what got us here and just play our game and hopefully we'll alright."

The Morton, Mississippi product reports that as a competitor you want to match up with the best in the country and see where the chips fall.

"It's always exciting to play against great competition in a big time game," said Calhoun. "You dream of things like this when you're young. It's going to be very exciting on Saturday.

"You want this type of challenge in a big time game. Of cours everybody is going to bring their A game in a game like this."

The Bulldog secondary had some success against the Crimson Tide last season, which gives the unit some confidence heading to Tuscaloosa this week.

"I think they're a little different this year, because they have a new offensive coordinator (Lane Kiffin)," Calhoun explained. "Last year we had good preparation, watched a lot of film and the coaches put me in a good position to make plays."

Calhoun will have the chance to make some plays this week too and the Bulldogs will need a big effort from the talented junior.

The Bulldog defensive backfield has had an up and down season, but in recent weeks the group has played some of their best football.

"I think we have done fairly good," said Calhoun. "I think we've been getting better and better every game. I think we've eliminated the big plays and I think that was the main key early on in the season."

The group has been in better position and come just short of making some game changing plays. Calhoun believes those big moments are coming.

"Coach (Geoff) Collins does a great job to put us in position to make plays," said Calhoun. "We didn't make all of the plays that we should have last week. We dropped a couple of picks we probably could have made and a couple of fumbles.

"We just have to go make plays, especially in a big game like we have coming up. Turnovers are crucial, so when we have the opportunity to make plays we have to go make them."

The Bulldogs are no stranger to big games this year. Mississipppi State has faced three top ten opponents and defeated all three.

The big stage does not appear to intimidate the 2014 Bulldog squad.

"It's a different stage and a different adrenaline rush," explained Calhoun. "Everybody knows what's at stake for this game. It's not a secret. Big games like this make players play better."



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