Linebacker Gerri Green talks about his early impressions of the new Bulldog defense

Mississippi State linebacker announced his presence in Starkville by recording 49 tackles during his freshman season. The former four star outside backer certainly lived up to his billing during his first year on Dan Mullen's active roster. Now a redshirt sophomore, Green is vying for a starting position on the Bulldog D. With two spring practices under his belt in the new Peter Sirmon scheme, Green appears to be gaining confidence.

"I feel like the first day we came out, it was good for first day standards," Gerri Green said. "There were a couple of things that weren't precise. That's how it's going to be though and it was the same thing for the second day of install. Things weren't just the prettiest, but we are making progress and we are doing good.

"People are paying attention and the effort is there. That's the main thing as long as keep our effort up. I think we're doing good from that standpoint."

Green is getting to know his third positional boss in three years in the Maroon and White. While each coach has sown some seeds of development in the Greenville, Mississippi native, the productive linebacker is excited about working with Coach Peter Sirmon.

"He is a good guy and a good teacher," Green said. "He has an NFL background, so he knows how to relate things to football talk and football language. Football is football and he makes it where you can understand it."

While linebackers come in all shapes and sizes, Green appears to be a player built in the same image as Sirmon. Having those same level of physical attributes in common, Green believes his new coach will serve as a solid mentor.

"I can trust him," Green said of Sirmon. "I can go and talk to him about things, because I know that he has been through the same things I am going through as a college player. He was an NFL guy, so I know he knows that the process is like"

Over the course of the interview, Green had to endure some back ground noise and antics from good friend and teammate A.J. Jefferson with the personable Jefferson even asking a question or two.

With the Bulldogs playing multiple fronts, Jefferson may see Green lining up on his side in some situations. With new blitz packages, odd man fronts and a fresh look, just about anything is possible.

"It's the spring, so I expect to move around as spring continues," Green said. "I am willing to play anything to get on the field."

Green is eager to do his part in whatever capacity asked of him. As the new scheme is implemented, the Mississippi Delta product is eager to learn the new wrinkles. While there will be some new plays and blitz packages, Green believes the defensive unit will remain true to the Bulldog way.

"It's the same Mississippi State defense," Green said. "We are switching a couple of things up, but we are still playing like we play with relentless effort. We are still getting to the ball and attacking. There are a few new wrinkles, but it's still the same team."

The Bulldogs will be back on the practice field this afternoon and tomorrow. Practices are open to the public as the team works through the spring football paces in preparations for the annual Maroon and White game as part of Super Bulldog Weekend on Saturday April 16th.

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