Freshman DB Quinton Culberson

Posted Oct 10, 2003

Mississippi State freshman cornerback Quinton Culberson talked about the busts in the secondary, what they are doing to correct them, how he has done at the cornerback position, does he think he has the raw speed to play cornerback in the SEC and what he thinks about Coach Cooper's schemes.

Quinton Culberson Interview:

While the secondary is still making a few busts, as a whole, they seem to be improving.
"We were doing pretty bad early in the season, now we are working harder and doing the right assignments and not coming up when the quarterback scrambles. That is the main problem in the secondary right now. We are working hard on that so that we can get better."

Some fans have said that Coach Cooper's schemes are bad and that is the reason why you guys played so poorly early in the season.
"It's not Coach Cooper. He has great schemes. It's just us young players busting our assignments."

When you say busting assignments, what exactly are you referring to?
"We are out of position. Like when the quarterback scrambles, we might run up to the second level instead of third level when we have a deep third. Or we might not get over to our half fast enough and they throw it over our head. All of our busts have been on deep balls."

What happens? Do you just leave an open spot?
"Yeah, sometimes we leave an open spot when we see something else and try to make something happen."

How are you trying to correct it so that you don't continue to make those mistakes?
"We are trying to get to our zone a little faster and sit there and let (the play) come to us."

You are probably one of the biggest cornerbacks in college football. When you were in high school, people said you would be a strong safety in college, but you wanted to be a college cornerback. Now that you have your wish, how do you think you have done at the cornerback position?
"I was pretty mediocre at first because I hadn't done much back peddling, but I am getting better and better due to working against JJ (Justin Jenkins) and Ray Ray Bivines. They have helped me get my feet quicker and faster."

I know you are big and can hit, but do you feel you have the true raw speed to stay up with the best wide receivers the SEC has to offer?
"I can't say I have true speed, but I do know how to play football and I do know how not to let a person get behind me too far."

Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at

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