What are the Most Pressing Issues for Mississippi State?

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Sep 26, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Will Redmond (2) avoids Auburn Tigers lineman Alex Kozan (63) after intercepting a pass during the first quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Create turnovers on defense

The number of yards the Bulldogs give up on defense is the concern for most, but that is less of a concern for me personally. I’m more concerned with the fact this defense simply isn’t causing turnovers.

I have talked often about the scheme Manny Diaz employs to stop the other team dead in their tracks. He protects against the big play, and shuts the other team down the closer they get to the red zone.

But the part of the defense that is missing so far from what Manny Diaz usually brings to a team is turnover margin. Through the first 5 games, the Bulldogs have three interceptions, and that is it. The defense is doing a solid job on third down and keeping the opposition out of the end zone, but they aren’t making enough game changing plays. This leaves the offense having to play an almost flawless game to  keep the team close or to win.

We need turnovers from our defense.

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