September 17, 2009

Smith still confident in the defense

Zach Smith may only have four starts under his belt but the junior safety has played in all but one game during his time at Mississippi State.

That amount of experience has taught the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder to put defensive struggles like last week's loss to Auburn behind him.

"We knew going into the game that they were going to try to get it outside on us," Smith said. "I thought we had a good game plan. We just on some occasions didn't do a good job of executing what the coaches wanted us to do. On that one play I probably should have made the interception but the guy undercuts me and that's football. He went up and made a play and he's a good player too."

Smith still believes in the defensive scheme brought in by new defensive coordinator Carl Torbush and trusts him to make the right calls.

"I feel real comfortable with the defense," Smith said. "Coach Torbush does a real good job of explaining stuff. He's been around for a long time and I have a whole lot of confidence in him and what he brings to the table."

Growing up in the heart of Alabama and Auburn country in Altoona, Ala., Smith had a feeling he would hear from some of his buddies who are Tiger fans following Saturday's 49-24 loss. But to his surprise it wasn't as bad as he expected.

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