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Williams Talked About MSU's Win Over Vanderbilt

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/football/2003/williamsd.jpg" align="left" width="121" height="161"> MSU starting free safety Darren Williams talked about Mississippi State's 30-21 win over Vanderbilt.

Free Safety Darren Williams

You guys made some big plays in the secondary but still had some passes thrown over your head.
"There were a couple of minor mistakes that we have to correct if we want to be a good team."

What does Odell's interception do to the defense's confidence?
"It helps everybody take their play to another level when they see Odell making plays. We are a defensive unit and we want to all make plays like that."

How important was this first win?
"It was very important because it helps bring the team together as an offense and defense. I know you will see a different team."

How important was the crowd today?
"The crowd played a big role. The people who are loyal, we want to thank them a lot for them coming out and hope they continue to come out."

Did the crowd noise help the team during the latter stages of the game when it was still on the line?
"Yeah, it feels good knowing you have people behind you."

What was the defense thinking after Brent made the field goal to put you up by nine points?
"We knew if they couldn't score, they couldn't win. There were only about 3 minutes to go, so we knew the only thing we had to do was stop them and we would come out on top."

I know you are wearing some orthotics on your feet. How did you play today with those on?
"I made a couple of plays but I'm not 100%."

Where do you think you are, percentage-wise?
"I banged it up again so it's about 80% now. During the week, I was feeling a lot better, but running today I banged it back up."

Now that you have played five games, how comfortable is the secondary with Coach Cooper's defense?
"We are getting it but it is the little things that we don't do that is giving up 6 points. We are still making busts but that is going to happened in a football game. There are not as many as there were."

No one has asked anything about whether you guys felt this game was a must-win because of all the things that are being said about Coach Sherrill and his future at MSU?
"We try to stay away from all the media and the papers. We didn't feel like there was pressure but we knew it was a must-win situation. We just had to come out and play ball and win the ballgame like we were capable of doing."


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