Lump It Up

Kregg Lumpkin played in 12 games during his freshman season and was 2nd on the team with 523 rush yards. In the following season he injured his knee on the 1st day of preseason practice and was forced to sit out the whole season. Last season he came back and ran for 335 yards and 3 touchdowns. In his last 4 games, he averaged 5.7 yards per attempt. What will this year bring? We will soon find out.

Dave McMahon -- How has the practices and scrimmages been going?

Kregg Lumpkin -- Pretty good, although there is always room for improvement.

DM -- What do you have to improve on?

KL -- I have to do a better job blocking and get my right steps in.

DM -- Towards the end of the season last year it seemed like you were your old self, did the season end too soon?

KL -- I felt like I was back in the middle of the season. I was at practice and someone landed on my knee and it didn't hurt. After that I found my groove.

DM -- What is the best way to play all 3 running backs?

KL -- I don't know. I don't know how coach does it.

DM -- Is there anything that Thomas Brown or Danny Ware does better than you that you wish you had?

KL -- I wish I had their speed. They can break it better than I can.

DM -- How is Knowshon Moreno doing?

KL -- He is doing real good. He is learning the offense real quick.

DM -- Compare where he is right now at this stage to where you were at that stage?

KL -- He is a step ahead of me.

DM -- Would you rather run over a defender or use your speed and burn him?

KL -- I would like to do both. I am about 25 pounds heavier than I was during my freshman year, so I have power. But in the offseason I worked real hard on my speed and moves, so I can do that, too.

DM -- What is a complete running back?

KL -- Someone that is a power runner and speed runner... someone with great hands... someone that knows how to read defenses and blocks well. They do it all.

DM -- Name some complete running backs...

KL -- In the NFL, I would say Edgerrin James, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson, Priest Holmes, Eddie George and a few more.

DM -- Thank you for your time and good luck in becoming a complete running back.

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