September 9, 2011

Broomfield on pace for greatness

Corey Broomfield was overlooked by his native state of Florida as a two-star recruit in 2008.

Now three years later as a junior at Mississippi State, Broomfield is on pace break the school's career record for interceptions.

In just 26 games the Palm Bay, Fla., native has picked off nine passes including returning a school record three of those back for touchdowns.

With such a reputation for pass robbery, Broomfield has seen the action die down on his side of the field as his career has progressed.

"I notice that all the time," Broomfield said. "It's starting to get boring during the games. They don't even throw it over there as much. I'm just going to keep doing my job and keep being in position. (Johnthan) Banks is on the other side so they are going to have to throw it sooner or later."

Broomfield's three interception returns for touchdown is already tied for second all-time in the Southeastern Conference and it all got started the first time he touched the ball in his first game. As a redshirt freshman he picked off a pass against Jackson State in the 2009 season opener and returned it 43-yards for a touchdown.

"My first one against Jackson State," Broomfield said. "That was probably my most memorable one."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder finished that season with six interceptions earning Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-American honors.

Broomfield has started 17 times during his career making 72 tackles, 6.5 stops for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and 10 pass breakups.

Even though the Bulldogs have a new defensive coordinator calling the shots this fall, Broomfield does not expect the defense to change much at all.

"It's changed a little bit because we've got different personnel," Broomfield said. "Whenever you have different people out there it's different but we're still doing the same things. We're flying around to the ball and being physical. We've got a few new wrinkles but I would say it's pretty much the same."

The week Broomfield is hoping to redeem himself against Auburn. Last season Broomfield dropped a sure pick-six off eventual Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick Cameron Newton that likely would have given the Bulldogs a victory and changed the landscape of college football a year ago.

"Since that day I think about that all the time, everyday" Broomfield said. "I can't go anywhere without somebody saying 'Man, I don't think Cam Newton would have won the Heisman if you would have caught that' or 'Ya'll were supposed to be in the national championship'. It always comes up. I'm just going to right that wrong this week and hopefully they will throw it to me again."

Broomfield expects the Tigers to use multiple looks on offense to try to confuse MSU's defense.

"They are going to do a lot of formations," Broomfield said. "They are going to try to trick you and get your eyes so we've got to be disciplined and put your eyes in the right place and we'll be alright. They are a real tricky offense."

The former Bayside High School standout has been happy with the way his career has turned out so far.

"I'm very pleased I got a chance to play as a redshirt freshman and have been starting ever since then," Broomfield said. "Playing in the SEC on national television against the best players every week, you couldn't ask for a better college experience than here at State. The cowbells, the stadium, Coach (Dan) Mullen and everything that's going on here is great with the atmosphere and the fans."

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