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Pre-game Tuesday - MSU defensive players on Auburn: 'We knew what they were doing...before the ball was snapped.'

 

 

Matt Stevens

 

STARKVILLE - Members of the Mississippi State University football defense said they had the Auburn University offensive signals and calls stolen by the start of the game Saturday. 

 

Senior defensive back Corey Broomfield and senior linebacker Cam Lawrence have said after MSU's 28-10 victory over Auburn University Saturday that they were sure what the Tigers offense was calling from the line of scrimmage before the ball was snapped. 

 

"We do a great job of preparing and we knew what the play was before they ever ran them," Broomfield said. "That's not a joke. We knew what they were doing, where the ball was going and who was getting it before the ball was snapped." 

 

Lawrence had a team-high 10 tackles Saturday with 1.5 tackles for a loss and a sack of Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier. The Bulldogs linebacker said after the game he saw in Frazier's early demeanor that their pressure had gotten to him. 

 

"It makes our job as coaches so much easier when Cam Lawrence is signaling over his head every time they were calling a pass," MSU co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Geoff Collins said Monday. 

 

Frazier, who had just 18 yards passing through the first three quarters in Starkville, was completely taken out of comfort zone from behind center was what the MSU coaching staff called the 'trickle down effect'. The effect is similar to when a baseball team steals the signs of the opposing team but the obvious difference being the speed of the reaction time and physical nature of what happens in football after the play begins. 

 

"My teammates and I got into his head and that's one thing I'm going to do every game if you're on offense against me," Lawrence said Saturday. "He would call out the signals and I'd tell everybody what the play was and he'd get that confused look in his face." 

 

MSU's defensive effort mentally took the Tigers sophomore quarterback out of sync from the opening possession. In his first career SEC start on the road, the former five-star recruit was so frustrated throwing the football that his leading receiver by halftime was MSU senior defensive back Jonathan Banks. MSU's Jim Thorpe Award nominee intercepted Frazier twice as he recorded just one completion for minus-2 yards in the first half of play. 

 

"I'm not aware. We can rectify that problem," Auburn coach Gene Chizik after Wednesday's practice when asked about MSU knowing the Tigers' offensive signals.  

 

Lawrence was seen during Saturday's win waving his hand over his helmet back and forth if Auburn was getting ready to run a pass play. 

 

"If you listen to Cam, he is like a good traffic director," Broomfield said. "He'll get you going in the right direction so you have to just pay attention and trust it." 

 

 

 

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