October 30, 2013

Cedric Jiles Taking the Leadership in Young Secondary

There comes a time when young players take that big step. The step includes becoming leaders at their perspective positions on the field and, most of the time, has come from players learning under coaches and players for a couple of years. Mississippi State's secondary hasn't had that luxury as often as one would seem as only one senior has started a game this season.

One of the players that has stepped into a leadership role in just year two is cornerback Cedric Jiles. The Clinton, Miss., native came to Starkville last season and impressed veterans like Jonathan Banks and Darius Slay and even hit the field in game one as a true freshman before losing the rest of the season after three games with a wrist injury. Now he's been given that freshman year back and is making the most of it as a leader of the group.

"I'm just having fun. I love the game of football," Jiles said of his career thus far. "I go out there every Saturday, play my hardest and give my all. The team gets better every week."

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