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Senior Up to the Challenges

With each passing spring and fall, new competitors come and try to take away David Heard's starting position. But each time, Heard has battled off the challengers and will make his 20th career start at right cornerback when Mississippi State opens the 2006 campaign against South Carolina in late August.

Yes, the Bulldog senior cornerback has heard (no pun intended) all about the newcomers and rookies in the past, all trying to take his spot on the field. But it only makes Heard work harder at his game. "I've got my pride," said David Heard. "I mean, I can't even stand for a guy to catch a little five-yard curl route, That makes me so mad. I had pride in my play every time some new freshman came...

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