“Two different players,” Gundy said.
But Gundy said it might not matter to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs last season played mostly man-to-man pass coverage. Overload the line of scrimmage and give the defensive backs responsibility of single coverage.
When that's your defensive philosophy, offensive formations and styles don't matter as much. Just win your individual matchup.
Of course, Mississippi State did that with two cornerbacks, Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay, who each were picked in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Man-to-man works well with seasoned and great players. Not so much with greener and less talented DBs.
So it's a chess game. Does Mississippi State prepare for the offense brought in by Dana Holgorsen and quarterbacked to great heights by Brandon Weeden, an offense so good that it didn't miss a beat last season despite repeated quarterback injuries?
“We've got two good players and we'll play ‘em both,” Gundy said. “Each one brings a little something different to the table.”
And down in Starkville, Geoff Collins' nights just got a little shorter thanks to the coach who said he wouldn't talk but is doing just that.
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