September 17, 2009
Bonner settling in at safety
Wade Bonner hasn't had an up-and-down career his three years in Starkville. The best way to describe it would perhaps be back-and-forth.
Bonner practiced at cornerback his first year at Mississippi State before making the switch to running back as a redshirt freshman and is now at safety as a sophomore.
"I play nickel, safety, special teams, just whatever I can do to help the team," Bonner said. "I'm just trying to win. It doesn't even matter to me where I play. I asked Coach Mullen when he first came where he wanted me to play and he said to go to safety."
The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder is the Bulldogs backup free safety as well as the starting nickel back and kickoff returner. Playing multiple positions on defense has Bonner spending twice the amount of time in the film room preparing for each game.
"It requires a whole lot of film study," Bonner said. "Nickel is like playing linebacker, safety and corner."
Bonner has played in 14 games during his career rushing seven times for 12 yards and catching one pass for six yards last season. This year he has made six stops on defense.
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