August 10, 2010

Instant impact for Broomfield as a Bulldog

After a redshirt season Corey Broomfield wanted to make an impact in his first opportunity as a Bulldog.

Indeed he did intercepting a pass for a touchdown in his very first game against Jackson State. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback went on to pick off five more passes in 2009 earning Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-America honors.

"I didn't really expect it," Broomfield said. "I always believed that I could play like that so it didn't shock me. But I really appreciated it that other people respected my talent."

Broomfield's six interceptions tied a single-season school record held by Bobby Bethune, Buck Crick, Walt Harris (twice) and Izell McGill. He was also named SEC Freshman of the Week after picking off two passes and registering a career-high five tackles against Middle Tennessee.

Two of his interceptions on the year were brought back for scores tying him with teammate Johnthan Banks for another school record. His final pick of the year was a 64-yard return for a touchdowns against Ole Miss to help cement the win for the Bulldogs in the Egg Bowl.

"It felt real good just to give something back to the older guys," Broomfield said. "They've watched you practice the whole time and you're seeing them out there playing and you want to help the team win when you're able to go out there. To make a play to help the team win feels really good."

Even with his rookie success, Broomfield does not feel winning an award adds any pressure heading into 2010.

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