October 10, 2012

Love adjusting to secondary role

Throughout the recruiting process Jamerson Love wrestled with the idea of playing cornerback in the SEC for Mississippi State or remaining at running back and suiting up for Southern Miss or Arkansas State.

After all, Love rushed for 1,773 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Aberdeen (Miss.) High School. But the three-star prospect ultimately decided to stay close to home and try his hand at defensive back.

It seems to have been a wise decision.

Love seems to have found his niche among the Bulldogs talented and deep secondary at the starting nickel back.

"It's coming along very good for me," Love said. "I'm trying to get used to playing the nickel and getting used to being a starter. You just have to attack everything full speed. It's not as hard as people think, you've just got to learn the defense and adjust to playing corner. I'm getting better day by day."

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound sophomore has played in 17 games during his MSU career. He has 28 career tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage and two pass breakups.

After serving a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules, Love has appeared in the last four outings for the Bulldogs making 10 tackles and one pass breakup on the year.

Ahead of Love on the cornerback depth chart are a pair of top caliber seniors in Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay. Love revealed that he has learned a lot from that duo and tries to follow their lead on the field.

"Banks and Slay work real hard," Love said. "I look up to those guys and they are like my big brothers. I see those guys as role models for me. I see what they do and I go try to do it. I try to play my technique to the T like those guys and play up to their potential."

Of course with those two players leaving at the end of the year it will be up to Love to continue the strong footprint Banks and Slay have left.

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