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Senior safety Kivon Coman expects Mississippi State to have a great season this year

Mississippi State senior safety Kivon Coman expects the Bulldogs to have a great season.

"It is going to be a big season for the whole team because we have a lot of leaders coming back and we also have a lot of guys who have a lot of experience," said Coman, who started all 13 games last season.

Coman expects the defense to once again be a strong point of the team despite having all new coaches across the defense.

"I feel like (the defense) is still learning the schemes that (new defensive coordinator) Peter Sirmon has brought in but I think everybody is coming together as a group and I think we are going to be pretty good," said Coman. "I think this defense can be as good as it wants to be. We have a lot of athletes on the defensive side of the ball and we have great coaches that have a lot of experience at the (NFL) level."

He is really impressed with the type defense that Sirmon runs.

"This defense is very attacking, a go get the ball type defense," said Coman. "I like the defense the way it is now because it puts us in the best position to make plays. We never really changed that much in the past. But going forward we have different schemes, different coverages, different calls, different everything. And I think it is going to be pretty good for us."

He expects the safeties to be a very big part of the defense.

"We are still going to be very vocal because we still have to be the leaders, the quarterback of the defense," said Coman. "But that is going to be the case with whatever defense you play in."

Although the only senior among the safeties, Coman feels really good about the young guys at the safety position, including two players who started games at safety last season, redshirt sophomore Brandon Bryant and true sophomore Jamal Peters.

Bryant, who played in 13 games, starting 8, recorded 63 tackles, the most by an SEC freshman defense back. Peters played in 12 games, starting 2, and recorded 25 tackles.

"They are still young, still learning but they are going to be great for the defense in the future," said Coman.

While Coman expects great things out of the young safeties, he expects even more out of himself this upcoming year.

"I want to set a high standard this year because this is my last year and I want to go out with a bang," he said. "I don't want to fall short to anyone. I want to help the Mississippi State defense do something that it never has done before."

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