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Mullen completes defensive staff

On Friday morning, former South Panola High School and NFL standout Deshea Townsend confirmed that Mississippi State had completed the defensive staff. Townsend officially accepted the defensive backs' coach opening on the Bulldogs' staff Friday morning and tweeted "Go Dawgs!!!! It's Official!".

Mississippi State is expected to officially announce the Townsend hire later on and once that is completed, Townsend would be the second hire for head coach Dan Mullen this week on the defensive side of the ball.

Earlier this week former MSU and Kentucky defensive line coach David Turner accepted the same position in his return to Starkville. Turner had much success in recruiting and putting defensive linemen in the NFL during his previous stop at Mississippi State.

Of course, Townsend is also quite familiar with the NFL. After an All-American career at the University of Alabama, Townsend spent 13 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and helped that franchise capture a pair of Super Bowl victories during his tenure.

Townsend will replace former MSU cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith, who left the MSU staff last month to take a job on the Auburn staff.

Townsend is expected to be in Starkville either this weekend, which is good timing considering MSU's expected large number of 2013 prospects officially visiting on Jan. 18th and Jan. 25th.

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