Redmond Has Confidence In Bulldog Defense

Memphis, Tennessee native Will Redmond is considered one of the top professional corner back prospects in all of college football. After a big junior campaign, the talented Redmond is poised for his best season as a collegian this fall. With new defensive boss Manny Diaz calling the plays, Redmond expects the defensive efforts this fall to be the best of his career.

Mississippi State boasts one of the top corner tandems in the country in Redmond and senior Taveze Calhoun. Both are high on the NFL draft boards as the season approaches. Redmond reports that the pair have pushed each other to be the best players they can be.

"We are always coming to compete," Redmond shared. "He is always trying to get me better. I am always trying to get him better. Even if we are working out or racing, we're trying to see which one of us is going to win. It's good competition between us both.

"I think that's what drives us and our defense, is that competitiveness between both of us. I think that's good."

Some "experts" have panned the Bulldogs chances this fall largely because Mississippi State has to replace some veteran players that have exhausted their college eligibility. Redmond is not buying into any of that rhetoric.

"I don't think we're a young secondary," Redmond said. "Our secondary has been playing together. We have a lot of guys who have had a lot of reps. We're ready to play.

"We have good chemistry and you have to have chemistry in the back seven," Redmond said. "We do a good job bonding on our off time. At a meal at night, we'll all sit together, laugh and joke and try to build the chemistry."

Last season, Jay Hughes handled most of the checks and audibles in the defensive backfield. This fall the process of communication is more of a shared responsibility.

"Because Jay used to do all of that, Coach Diaz has done a good job of coming in and making everybody communicate," explained Redmond. "Last year, it was too much of one guy trying to do it. Now everybody knows we have to communicate. Everybody knows if you don't do it, it's not going to get done. Everybody has to be on the same page."

Redmond proved to be a prime time player a season ago sealing wins over Arkansas and LSU with game saving interceptions. The rising senior reports that those crowning moments are the reason you play the game in the first place.

"It's hard to explain knowing you saved the day," Redmond said with a grin. "Coach (Dan) Mullen always says that there is no high like that. There's nothing that can compare to those feelings and those emotions when you make plays like that."

While there were some big plays last fall, there were also some instances where Bulldog defensive backs were in position to make plays, but came up just short in the battle for the ball. Redmond reports that veterans and newcomers a like spent time together during the off season to drill down some ball skill drills.

"We did a lot of that in the summer. We worked on our craft a lot," Redmond said. "We worked on tip drills and just attacking the ball in the air. We were throwing tennis balls 60 yards down the field. We just chunked those tennis balls down the field, because we knew that was something we had to work on. We did a good job with all of that."

Heading into the fall, the Mississippi State defensive players seem to have a little more pep in their step. A few even have a sly grin stretched across their face. It appears that Redmond and his defensive teammates are in on a bit of a inside joke.

"We have some good stuff coming," Redmond said with a chuckle. "We have some good stuff coming with Coach Diaz from Cover Two to Cover Three and some other stuff that we run a lot. I'm ready and it's fun. Coach Diaz wants you to have fun. He brings a lot of energy into the defense and he brings a lot of fun to the game. I am ready to play for Coach Diaz and the psycho defense."

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