MSU Sophomore CB Corey Broomfield

Mississippi State sophomore cornerback Corey Broomfield expects the Mississippi State defense to be much improved over last season.

"We get to be on the attack more often, a little bit less man coverage and more zone," said the 5-10, 180-pounder, when asked about the ramifications of the new Manny Diaz defensive system. "And when we are coming, we are coming and when we are back, we are back. There is no indecision."

He explained in detail what Mississippi State fans will see when they watch the defense in games this season.

"(The fans) are going to see guys going as hard as they can go and flying around, batting balls down, catching some balls (for interceptions)," said Corey, who tied the MSU record with 6 interceptions last season. "We are going to make plays. If you are a cornerback, you are a playmaker."

After earning Freshman All-American and and Freshman All-SEC honors last season thanks in large part to the number of interceptions that he had, he feels even more interceptions may be possible this coming season, not only for himself but for another freshman defensive back, Johnthan Banks, who had 4 picks himself last season.

"(Johnthan and I) talk about (having more interceptions) every day," said Corey. "Both of us played half the season (last year). He played the middle part (of the season) and I played the end part. We feel like we are going to have a lot more interceptions this year."

He explained why he thinks that is possible.

"It's a confidence factor with me because I have been out there before," said Corey, who played in all 12 games last season. "It's not new so you aren't worried about what you are supposed to do."

Corey Broomfield and the rest of the Bulldogs begin play on September 4th against Memphis. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the game being televised nationally on ESPNU.

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