As for what Bulldog fans will see when he plays in that first game, according to Nickoe it's very simple, "they are going to see me playing hard, doing my best to do my assignments and help my team win."
He's been preparing for this day since he first stepped foot on the Mississippi State campus a year ago.
"Since last season, I have much better technique and know a lot more about the defensive game, just become a smarter player," he said. "I'm just playing up to my ability."
And playing in the Manny Diaz defense is going to make it that much easier for him to play up to that ability.
"I like it because it is fun," said Nickoe. "The way his defense is set up, it really helps the secondary out, so everything is actually easier for you. There are easier reads, so you don't have to think too much back there. You just play ball."
And, according to Nickoe, just playing ball leads to one thing - making plays.
"(His defense) gives everybody the opportunity to make plays," said Nickoe."It has a fast tempo and allows you to run to the ball and create a lot of big plays. And if you wait your turn your play is going to come your way, sooner or later."
And in Nickoe Whitley case, as well as the rest of the Bulldog defense, it will be sooner than later, September 4th at 6:00 pm versus Memphis.
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