October 5, 2012

Broomfield makes unselfish change

It's not often that a senior with three years of starting experience is asked to switch positions.

But when Corey Broomfield was approached by the Mississippi State staff this spring about shifting from cornerback to safety he did not even hesitate. Broomfield quietly went about his business and has started all four games for the Bulldogs at his new position.

"I've said from day one when they decided to move me to safety, all of us trust in the coaches and the program," Broomfield said.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder came into this season with 26 career starts at cornerback having made 130 tackles, 10.5 for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, 15 pass breakups and nine interceptions.

So far at his new position Broomfield had notched 18 tackles, 2.5 stops for loss and one pass breakup.

"It's a big difference," Broomfield said. "I'm finally getting into a little groove back there. I have a little bit more confidence. I'm not worried about myself as much and can focus on the opponent instead of looking at what I've got to do."

Although Broomfield has not picked off a pass since 2010, he still remains one of the nation's active leader in interceptions returned for a touchdown. He has taken three picks back to the house tying with teammate Johnthan Banks and six others with the most in the country and two short of the career record.

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