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Is C.J. Morgan Mississippi State’s defensive X-factor?

As he made the most of his return home, the Louisiana native may just be what the Bulldogs need defensively.

Stephen F Austin v Mississippi State Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

While Morgan has settled in and further embraced his starting role, the free safety will have his work cut out for him going forward.

A hard hitter who can cover ground, Morgan posted seven total tackles against Louisiana, all of which were solo. Having shown an ability to tackle in the open field, Morgan’s play can only benefit the Bulldogs’ secondary.

The question is whether or not Morgan can adjust to a multitude of offensive schemes. Additionally, can he get to the quarterback? The modern day safety must be a factor in both the passing and running game.

In 13 games, Morgan recorded 20 total tackles, 13 solo and seven assisted in 2018. He added two interceptions and three passes defensed. Expect a filled stat line in the Bulldogs’ home opener against Southern Miss.

Alongside fellow safety Jaquarius Landrews, look for a possibly lethal combo in the defensive backfield. The duo combined for 15 tackles against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Morgan and Landrews should have their share of opportunities this Saturday.