Titus Brown Sees An Improved MSU Team

Mississippi State senior defensive end Titus Brown, an All-SEC performer, sees the potential for a much improved Mississippi State football team this coming season.

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He explained the reasoning behind why he believes State will be better this year.

"I think this team will be better, number 1, because we are playing more as a team and, number 2, because we have a lot of guys who have a lot of playing experience," said Titus.

And he gives MSU head man Sylvester Croom credit for that experience.

"I think Coach Croom had a plan where he played a lot of freshmen because he knew the outlook would be greater in the long run," noted Titus. "Short-term, playing freshmen early is bad, but in the long run it is good because they will have more experience later on."

Titus, in fact, was one of those guys that played early in his career, although his first position was linebacker.

"Since I've been here, I have been moved around quite a bit," said Titus, who was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team by both the Southeastern Conference coaches and The Sporting News. "This is going on my second year to play defensive end after playing linebacker. At the time, we had Quinton Culberson and myself at linebacker and there wasn't a way to get both of us on the field at the same time without moving one of us. That's the reason they moved me to end."

While his size might not fit exactly what you want at defensive end, his speed does.

"I'm not the prototypical defensive end. I'm more a prototypical linebacker due to my size, but I think in the long run my pass-rushing ability outweighs everything, including my weight," explained Titus, who earned 2nd team All-SEC after registering 14.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage his junior season, third best in the league. "It's not about your size, but just outworking your opponent. Beat your man and good things happen."

And MSU senior tight end Jason Husband can confirm that Titus is willing to work hard.

"Titus is a relentless player who is a strong, smart player," said Jason. "He is what you want in a player, a guy who plays with passion and heart."

As for being a speed guy, Titus doesn't feel he is the only speedster on the MSU defensive unit.

"I believe this is going to be the fastest defense that we've had around here in a long time because this defense is built on speed and tenacity," explained Titus. "On the defensive line, you have Jessie Bowman, Kyle Love and Quinton Wesley. As big as they are, they run really well. All of them run like linebackers. We also have Derek Pegues at a (safety) spot where he can make plays. And Ant Johnson and Marcus Washington can make plays at corner."

I asked Titus which MSU player he thought might be the surprise of the year.

"I think that Eric Butler is going to have a breakout year this season like he did his redshirt freshman year," said Titus of the senior tight end. "I really think this is going to be his year because he is a lot more focused."

And if everything goes according to what Titus thinks, this could be a breakout year for the Mississippi State football team as well.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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