Jackson Says Bulldogs Have All They Need

Senior linebacker Zach Jackson has been a part of some talented Mississippi State football teams during his four years in Starkville. Now in his final Bulldog campaign, Jackson believes the 2014 Bulldog team is the most dangerous and close knit groups he has been a part of. The #1 ranked Bulldogs will be on the road this weekend to take on SEC power Alabama.

When asked if a win over Alabama was a must get for the senior class resume, Jackson was downplayed the hype surrounding the battle for the SEC Western division lead.

"We look at every game as one we have to get," said Jackson. "This might be our last year, but you never know when your last play is going to be.

"We look at every game and every play like we need to get a win.

"Just look at what happened to Jay Hughes last year. Who would have known that eight plays into the season that he was going to miss the rest of the year?

"We just try to take every rep one rep at a time and not look ahead."

Jackson reports that the Bulldogs have had a good week of practice as they prepare for the Crimson Tide.

"There hasn't been a big change," said Jackson when it comes to the Bulldogs' weekly routine. "We have been doing the same things we've been doing.

"We're all just focusing and getting ready. We're all running to the ball on defense and the offense is looking great.

"We are just going to keep doing what we have been doing and just approach this like another game."

The Heidelberg, Mississippi native reports that the team has tried to remain on an even keel emotionally as they put the final touches on this week's game plan.

"We actually like being the underdog," said Jackson. "We're going into this game as the underdog and that's what we like.

"We like being able to play with a chip on our shoulder. No one expects us to win and I am sure there are some people still scratching their head, because we're still undefeated.

"That's fine with us. We like proving people wrong."

Needless to say the Bulldogs are undefeated in 2014 as the underdogs and as the favorites. Jackson reports that the team really came of age during the three game stretch against LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn.

"Our defense has faith in our offense and our offense has all of the faith in the world in our defense," said Jackson. "All we need is us.

"Our coaches weren't even there, but we as a team got together and talked about how all we need is each other.

"Our leaders like Malcolm Johnson, Dak Prescott, Benardrick McKinney and Preston Smith all talked about how it was us against everybody else.

"They sort of instilled in us that we don't need anybody else.

"All of those people saying the bad things about us aren't playing with us on Saturdays. We're the ones out there playing together every Saturday.

"We're all we got and we're all we need!"


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