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Mississippi State's secondary does not return many starters from last year's team.
There are no returning starters at cornerback and the only returning starter in the secondary plays safety.
Senior safety Nickoe Whitley will anchor the secondary and the safeties this season, as he is the most experienced player on the back end of the defense.
Whitley tested the National Football League waters last spring. It was mainly to get feedback, but he decided to return for his last season with the Bulldogs.
Safeties coach Tony Hughes is glad he has a starter returning.
"Having Nickoe Whitley back, as the veteran leader of our secondary, he's having a really, really good camp," Hughes said. "He's come back, he's healthy, he's playing fast and he's making a really big difference in our secondary.
"He elected to come back for his fifth year. With that, he knew what to expect and what to do. In doing those things, he's a smart kid. Now he's become a student of the game because he wants to carry his game to the next level."
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