April 12, 2013

Defense dominates scrimmage with turnovers

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State held its second major scrimmage of the spring Friday afternoon and once again the defense stood tall.

During the first scrimmage the defense was able to keep their offensive counterparts from consistently moving the chains in the first half. On Friday the defense won the day by creating six turnovers including four interceptions.

"Last week (the defense) came out on fire and in the second half kind of slipped a little bit," said defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. "The point of emphasis today was to play the entire time. They tried at the beginning of the second half to slack off a little bit but then they picked it up and I thought they had a good day overall."

Sophomore safety Kendrick Market led the defense with seven tackles while freshman safety Quadry Antoine finshed with six stops. Freshman linebacker Beniquez Brown also had a big day with five tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 28-yards for a touchdown.

"I was just roaming around and coach called the right defense," Brown said. "He put me in the right spot and I just made a good break on the ball. Coach put me in the position and I used the right technique and I ended up making a play on the ball."

Junior cornerback Justin Cox had an interception and a fumble recovery and junior cornerback Jamerson Love also picked off a pass in the end zone. Senior linebacker Chris Hughes forced and recovered a fumble while junior safety Jay Hughes also forced a fumble.

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