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Why Mississippi State’s Jeffrey Simmons must have a day vs Auburn

Deemed one of the best in the game, Bulldog defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons has the pieces in place to take down the Tigers. 

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Jeffrey Simmons is a transcendent talent and has backed it up throughout his Mississippi State tenure thus far. While he stands at 6’4” 300 lbs with an arsenal of weaponry at defensive tackle, it is composure that Simmons must focus on against Auburn. When at his best, he is capable of changing the tone of a game, as his skillset speaks for itself.

Simmons’ start to the season has been steady. Though without a sack, he has accumulated 21 total tackles in five games. Given his ability to push the line, look for Simmons to take advantage against an exposed Tiger offensive line and running game.

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Although it resulted in a painful loss, Simmons shined against Kentucky with six total tackles. The importance of a defensive tackle is monumental in college football, especially the SEC. If able to force pressure and push the pocket in hopes of containing Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham, the Tigers will have no answer.

The Bulldogs are in dire need of a win and it will be up to Simmons to set the tone early. Stidham will have his moments, as Simmons must focus on staying in the game and avoiding penalties. The competitive fervor is there, but it has to show up until the clock hits triple zeros.

Mississippi State’s defensive front is legit without question and the ceiling is high. The Tigers’ offense is through Stidham. There is no reason for Simmons to have any issues during this game, as he is sure to be on point, ready to light up “Stark Vegas”.