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Former Tider Deshea Townsend Joins MSU Staff

Former Tide player Deshea Townshend has accepted an assistant coaching position with Mississippi State. Townshend joins Dan Mullins’ coaching staff as Cornerbacks coach – leaving a position in the NFL where he coached defensive backs for the Arizona Cardinals.

Townshend spent the majority of his NFL career as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers — winning two Super Bowls (2006, 2009) in the process. He played for the Crimson Tide from 1994-1997, winning two SEC West titles as a player.

Originally from Batesville, Miss., Townshend played high school football for South Panola High School and hosts annual football camps in Batesville through his Pay it Forward Foundation. Because of his local connection and his experience as both a player and coach, Deshea Townshend could have a positive impact in the community and in recruiting for Mississippi State. Townshend follows a long line of Alabama players who have served MSU, including former Head Coaches Jackie Sherrill and Sylvester Croom,  and Freddie Kitchens (TE, RB coach).

Townshend is married and has three children. His family currently resides in Oxford during the off season.


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