Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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 with 71 tackles, including eight for a loss, and five interceptions. He's also on several All-American watch lists and is consistently mentioned among the SEC's top cornerbacks. His career is a blueprint for how coach Dan Mullen plans to build the Bulldogs into an SEC contender. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior from tiny Maben, Miss., represents a large chunk of the Mississippi State roster - lightly recruited prospects from small towns in Mississippi who have developed into quality players. ''We really try to trust our evaluations and there are kids who are very much overlooked,'' Mullen said. ''... We want to make sure we evaluate the kids in...
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