October 17, 2008

Glanton leads senior laden safety corps

Just as it did in 2007 at tight end, Mississippi State has a trio of safeties dominating in a rotation this season.

Derek Pegues, Keith Fitzhugh and De'Mon Glanton all patrol the secondary with the same amount of knowledge, experience and leadership on defense.

"The play level doesn't drop off," Glanton said. "Derek is a great player and a lot of teams try to throw away from Derek so when me or Fitzhugh are in the game the play may come to us. It's kind of great playing beside Derek. It's also great when he comes out of the game that the talent level doesn't drop off because you've got players that know the whole defense and can line everybody up and make the checks and calls."

Glanton proved how dangerous their secondary is against Vanderbilt this past weekend when he intercepted a Chris Nickson pass on the first play of the fourth quarter and returned it 16-yards to set up a touchdown run by Christian Ducre.

"We expect to make big plays on defense," Glanton said. "We've preached in practice the last two weeks that we've got to get turnovers to put the offense in better field position. Luckily the play came to me. They probably were trying to throw away from Derek anyways."

Glanton said that he, as well as the other two senior safeties, try to help the younger two safeties in Charles Mitchell and Zach Smith progress.

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