October 21, 2010

Carmon adjusting to life in the SEC

As the nation's top junior college defensive line prospect, James Carmon was used to using his massive size to dominate the competition.

The 6-foot-7, 330-pounder has found things a little differently playing in the Southeastern Conference at Mississippi State.

"This league is hard and it's tough," Carmon said. "I've got a bunch of me's in front of me, somebody that's my size with my potential. I didn't go up against that in JUCO and I had it so easy. I could just bulldoze somebody now I've really gotten challenged. It's good for me. That's what I needed."

Carmon has done exactly what the Bulldogs have asked this season clogging the middle but has not been able accumulate very many stats. He has recorded for tackles and a pass breakup on the year as teams have simply been bouncing things outside while he is in the game.

"It's real frustrating because it's never happened," Carmon said. "When I was at Gulf Coast things were coming to me and I was able to read. Now I'm in an attack and teams are running straight away from me every play. I just wish they would run to me and if they do I've got to be ready to make a play."

Carmon has had to learn a new attacking style of play under new defensive line coach Chris Wilson.

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