Film Study Takes The Front Row With Watson

Redshirt freshmen cornerback Louis Watson has always watched film but since he's gotten to Mississippi State he's gone beyond just watching it to breaking down what he sees step-by-step, not an easy task in itself but made much easier thanks to the help of veteran secondary coach Melvin Smith.

"Coach (Melvin) Smith is teaching us what to watch for on film," said Watson, who played his high school ball at St. Paul's Episcopal in Mobile, Alabama.

He explained what he is being taught to look for when watching game film.

"I watched a lot of film in high school but it's a lot different from high school to college," said the 5-10, 180-pounder. "In high school you see the main receiver and that's who you are watching. But in college the offenses have different options all the time. You might have a go-to guy but you have four other receivers just as good as him sometimes. In that aspect, you have to watch everything."

And that was just a tad too much for Watson when he first got to State but it didn't take him long to figure it out.

"At first that was overwhelming because defense, period, from high school to college is different," said Watson. "But I'm a pretty smart DB so I caught on pretty fast."

He's not only smart but also brings a good attitude and confidence to the team.

"I think I bring a positive attitude and confidence to the team," said Watson. "I have a lot of confidence in myself, and I like to congratulate someone when they make a good play."

And like another guy who played cornerback at Mississippi State - Fred Smoot - he also has a fun side to him ... to a point.

"I like to have fun and I'll trash talk (senior quarterback) Tyson (Lee) a little off the field, but when I'm on the field I try to stay focused and do my thing," said the youngster.

And he'll get the chance to do that in a game for the first time this coming weekend when Mississippi State plays Jackson State in Davis Wade Stadium beginning at 2:30 pm.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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