September 30, 2011

Whitley laying the wood

Nickoe Whitley has laid his share of big licks as a safety for Mississippi State over the past two seasons.

In fact Whitley's hits have been so violent they have left several players, including himself, woozy and spaghetti-legged as a result.

But week after week Whitley continues to hit hard building a reputation with receivers across the Southeastern Conference.

"Sometimes I'll notice that they'll slow down or get ready to go to the ground quick when they see us coming," Whitley said. "They know me, Charles (Mitchell) and Wade (Bonner) are going to hit them hard. It makes me want to get there faster so they can't do that."

When Whitley isn't laying the wood he's also coming up with some stellar interceptions for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore has picked off five passes in 17 career games. Already this season he has two interceptions in four games.

"I really don't get to watch them a whole lot except for maybe the day after the game," Whitley said. "My favorite one though was probably the one against Arkansas last year."

Whitley has earned 13 starts in the secondary and recorded 67 career tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and four pass breakups.

The Jackson, Miss., feels that his days as a high school quarterback help him when he's making reads in the secondary at safety.



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