STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Johnthan Banks has the sheer talent. Corey Broomfield has the smarts.
Together, they form the nucleus of a defensive backfield that's expected to give Mississippi State a chance to contend in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.
Banks is one of the most successful defensive backs in Mississippi State's history, coming off a season in which he had 71 tackles, including eight for a loss, and five interceptions. The 6-foot-2 senior is on several All-American watch lists and is consistently mentioned among the SEC's top cornerbacks.
Broomfield is almost the exact opposite from a physical standpoint. He's generously listed at 5-10 and 180 pounds and wouldn't garner a second notice on campus if walking around without his shoulder pads, but that hasn't stopped him from grabbing nine career interceptions.