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Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz looks forward to the matchup against Southern Miss

Manny Diaz speaks to MSU supporters in Laurel. Photo by Daniel Brown. Manny Diaz speaks to MSU supporters in Laurel. Photo by Daniel Brown.
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and several former players made a stop in the Pine Belt for the second annual Calling All Dawgs event at the Laurel Country Club, Thursday.

Diaz's return to the maroon and white begins with a huge in-state matchup versus Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, September 5.

"Going on the road is always going to be tough and (in the) first game of the season everybody is filled with optimism. Everybody is undefeated. So, we know we'll have our hands full," Diaz said. "Anytime you play in-state it's going to a be a big-time game. We know we'll have a lot of our fans there. It should be a big-time atmosphere. We can't wait."

Diaz was the Bulldogs defensive coordinator in 2010.

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