Under first-year defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, the Mississippi State defense switched back to the more traditional 4-3-4 defense as opposed to the five defensive backs set of years past.

And more times than not, the man in the middle must be extremely gifted with plain out physical toughness against the run, yet the speed to cover tailbacks and tight ends."/>

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Marvin Byrdsong Ready to Win

Marvin Byrdsong Ready to Win

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/football/2004/byrdsongmarvin.jpg" align="left"> Under first-year defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, the Mississippi State defense switched back to the more traditional 4-3-4 defense as opposed to the five defensive backs set of years past.<P> And more times than not, the man in the middle must be extremely gifted with plain out physical toughness against the run, yet the speed to cover tailbacks and tight ends.

The Bulldogs have produced some top-notch middle linebackers in the past, ranging from Daniel Boyd and Barrin Simpson to Dwayne Curry and Marc Woodard. Looking to reach that type of stardom is current Bulldog middle linebacker Marvin Byrdsong. "I want to become one of those linebackers of the past," said Byrdsong. "You always hear about the great linebackers and I want to become that type and...

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