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Mississippi State corner Will Redmond talks about his team's progress and the improvement in the Bulldog secondary.

Mississippi State corner Will Redmond entered his senior season with high expectations. Two games into the season, Redmond had recorded ten tackles, a pass break up and an interception. Many consider Redmond one of the top corners nationally and some NFL draft experts expect him to be one of the first corners taking in next springs early rounds. Right now, Redmond is more concerned with the matters at hand as they relate to Mississippi State football.

"I feel like my first two games went well. I've made a couple of plays, but this last game we didn't win," Redmond said. "I feel like I have played pretty well, but if we don't win then it wasn't enough. There are some things that I want to work on like having better technique, better eyes and just make sure that everything I am doing is crisp and as perfect as I can make it."

Redmond can regularly be seen darting from his spot in the secondary into the fray and making tackles in run support. The ability and willingness to make those plays has always been there for the Memphis, Tennessee native, but Redmond reports he worked to sharpen those skills during the off season.

"That's something that has always been there. I have always been willing to tackle," Redmond explained. "This summer and throughout the spring, we put a big emphasis on tackling. We really focused on that and I really feel like all of that is helping now."

The Bulldogs surrendered just 71 yards through the air against LSU. It was clear that the Tiger game plan was to run the football, but when quarterback Jordan Harris looked to pass often times he was forced to work the ball underneath rather than down the field.

"We didn't have some big scheme for them in the secondary," Redmond said of LSU. "We pretty much just played man on man. We played like either we were going to win or they were going to win head to head. We just went out with the game plan to see who wanted it more."

Once Coach Deshea Townsend had his corners back in the film room, the group reviewed their play against the Bayou Bengals to see what they did well and what they need to continue to work on.

"I thought we covered really well," Redmond said. "In our room, we didn't talk too much about the passing game. We felt like we did alright. It was really more about fitting right and just making plays."

This week Northwestern State of the FCS comes to town. While this match-up is not one that will draw a lot of national attention, Redmond believes this is an important week for the Bulldogs who are looking to clean up some of the mistakes uncovered in the first two outings.

"We just want to all go hard this week," Redmond said. "We all need to work on our effort and maximizing our potential on every play. Nobody needs to take any plays off. We need to go hard every play and give all of our effort."

With the bitter taste of narrow defeat in their mouths, Redmond reports that the Bulldogs are ready to get back on the field and wash away the sting of last weekend's defeat.

"We came back ready to work," Redmond said. "Everybody came back on Sunday with the mentality that we can win the rest of these games. Nobody is feeling sorry for ourselves and I feel like that is a real plus for us.

"Losing a game like this just makes you more hungry as you prepare for the next game. Right now, we know we can't lose another game. There haven't been that many teams that have been undefeated and there haven't been many teams win a national championship that lost more than one game. We just know that there is no room for error now."

The Bulldogs have played a pair of emotional games to begin the 2015 campaign. While fans are expecting a blowout this weekend to cleanse the pallet so to speak, Redmond reports that the Bulldogs are not taking the Demons lightly.

"The pressure is always on," Redmond said. "You know Coach Diaz coached at Louisiana Tech and he told us that these guys (Northwestern State) came out and beat them. Anything can happen on any given Saturday. We can't go out there and just think these guys aren't going to put any pressure on us. We know that they are going to come in here and play hard. We are preparing for them like they are an SEC team."


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