“I love challenges. And being the last person as a defense is the greatest challenge, ever.”
So bring it on, Mississippi State opponents. From his strong safety position Coman expects to stand strong for the Bulldog defense.
So does coordinator Manny Diaz. “From spring into fall I think the development of Kivon Coman has really changed our entire defense.”
Coman has changed some perceptions, too. Fans figured a touted redshirt rookie, or a hot-shot freshman, would take this open position. Instead, Coman has a grip on the job and isn’t letting go.
“I became more a student of the game and seeing the ins-and-outs of the game,” Coman said. “Even if you know, just study, study, study. I come in extra hours, watch film on different people. I even scout our own team.”
Coman doesn’t have to scout his fellow safety, returning starter Kendrick Market. They play similar schemes but with different personal styles back there.
“He don’t say too much. I’m more of the talker. But I know where he’s going to be, he knows where I’m going to be. We trust each other. We know what to do, when to do it, and how to execute at a high level.”
Meanwhile, Coman said those flashier frosh are bringing out his own best. It’s just another challenge, holding his own job and training others who want it. Coman is fine with that, too.
“I just try to live to a high standard. They preach being a leader and that’s what I try to do. It makes me go harder. Even the days I don’t feel like going hard I have to go hard. Because I know I’ve got young guys looking up to me.”