"I am working hard on my technique. Coach (Brick Haley) tells me that once I get that down, that I am going to be a much better player."
One of Mickey's best friends and mentors is Anthony Johnson who Mickey calls the greatest chicken wing cook on campus.
In addition to sharing a room or a meal, the two Johnsons share a mutual admiration for each other.
Mickey considers himself one of Anthony's biggest fans.
"Freak always stands out," said Johnson. "He has taught me a lot and he's shown me a lot of things in the playbook.
"I spend time watching what he's doing, so I know that I'm straight."
The Tigers possess an embarrassment of wealth on the defensive line, but Johnson reports that the group has spent a lot of time working on self improvement.
"Our whole defensive line has worked hard in drills and just learned to get better this summer," said Johnson. "We've worked hard in practices.
"As a defensive front we have to be in shape. The defensive line is the foundation. If you don't have a good front the whole defense can fall apart.
"I feel like our front is going to be a real strength for our team this year."