Brown Leads Bulldogs Across Enemy Lines

Beniquez Brown has emerged as one of the leaders for the Bulldog defense, despite being just a sophomore. Brown, a native of Florence, Alabama, will look to lead his Bulldogs into his native land and earn a win over the Crimson Tide. Coach Nick Saban was the first coach to extend an offer to Brown as a high school junior, but the Bulldogs were able to lure the talented backer across the border.

"It's exciting going back home and playing against a team that was my first offer coming out of high school," Brown explained. "It's going to be good playing against those guys and against a couple of guys that I know on the team.

"I took my preparation up to another level this week and I am just trying to go out and dominate."

The Alabama born Bulldogs have had a great deal of success this fall against teams from their home state. With wins over UAB, South Alabama and Auburn, the group is hoping to add a Crimson jewel to that crown as "State" champions.

"It is exciting to be able to go back and play in front of your friends and your family," Brown said. "You have that chip on your shoulder and you play a little bit harder. You always play hard, but you play even harder when you have your friends and family in the stands watching you."

Brown is known for his attention to detail and his extensive film review. The talented sophomore reports that he has noticed a few things about Alabama that is rather interesting.

"I have picked up on a couple of things," Brown shared. "At the same time, they do balance it out. You can pick out certain things, but it's kind of hard with the play action. It's sort of like Arkansas. They run, run and then play action, so you have to watch your key and try to shut down the play makers that they have.

"You have to really watch the small things."

The Bryant Denny Stadium crowd will look to be a part of things and force the Bulldogs into some mistakes.

"When you look at away games, you have to look at them like if they were coming here to Davis Wade this weekend," Brown said. "It would probably be hard for them to come here and play with the cowbells and everything. Everybody plays better at home.

"We just have to take advantage of our opportunity and go in there and dominate for four quarters."

Many in the media have suggested that this weekend's contest at Alabama is the biggest game in Mississippi State football history.

Brown is aware of the rhetoric, but he reports that the Bulldogs are not buying into the hype.

"We have heard it a lot of times," Brown said of the magnitude of the contest. "We are not trying to think about it. We just want to go out and play Mississippi State football like we have been doing all year."

Despite being ranked #1, Mississippi State will head to Tuscalooosa with all of the odds makers predicting an Alabama win.

"That's when we play better. It just makes us play harder," said Brown of being the road dog. "Being the underdog is what we've been ever since I came here.

"We play as the underdog and that puts a chip on our shoulder to play even harder and to try to go out and dominate."

The task of defending the Tide has been a little more daunting this year thanks in large part to the dual action play of signal caller Blake Sims.

"A.J. (McCarron) would stand in the pocket and make plays with his arm. It's the same thing with Blake, but he can make you miss when you bring pressure. He is going to throw and run the ball.

"We have to contain him, keep him in the pocket and bring pressure to his face and try to dominate for four quarters."


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