A Taste Of Being No. 1 Left An Impression

Mississippi State junior cornerback Will Redmond believes that being number 1 this season has increased the hungry in him and his teammates to get there again.

Mississippi State was number 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings for five straight weeks this season. Being number 1 has left a taste in the football Bulldogs that they want to taste again next season.

"Being number 1 makes everything 10 times better," said Redmond. "When we were number 1, a lot of guys were hungry. We are still hungry right now, and we know what we have to do to get back there. We know what we did in all of those practices and the effort that it took. There was a lot of energy in practice."

But before they can do that, they have some unfinished business this season against 12th ranked Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on December 31st. Redmond realizes it won't be an easy task due to the triple option that Tech runs on offense.

"I've seen some plays on film of the triple option," said Redmond. "You have to be disciplined. You have to know your keys. You have to have good eyes and not get caught up in the play fake."

This will be Redmond's first time to visit Miami, Florida, the home of the Orange Bowl. He hopes to have a little fun while there.

"We are going to be working but it will be a good time going down there," he said.

Before heading down to Miami, Redmond will be with his family for a part of the Christmas Holiday.

"On Christmas night I will be headed back (to Mississippi State) but during the days that we will be off, I will be able to see my family and go Christmas shopping," said Redmond. "I haven't done that. I will do it when I get home on the 20th"

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