A Q&A With Redshirt Freshman C/G Ben Beckwith

Mississippi State redshirt freshman left guard/center Ben Beckwith talks about MSU's upcoming game against Auburn.

  • Name: Ben Beckwith
  • Position: Offensive Line - Center/Guard
  • Classification: Redshirt Freshman
  • Ht and Wt: 6-4, 305
  • College: Mississippi State
  • High School: Benton Academy: Benton, MS
  • What are your thoughts about Auburn after watching their game against Utah State?
    "They are a young group that is very disciplined. They aren't trying to kill you. They are trying to stay in their gaps, trying to play gap-sound football, just trying to do their job. They aren't trying to absolutely maul you. They are going to play sound football and make you work up front."

    What did you learn about your team after playing Memphis?
    "We all know we have a little bit to work on up front. We need to work on technique and work on the silent count. That comes with time. But as far as our team, we ran the ball like we wanted to and we did our job up front. Vick (Ballard) ran the ball hard and found the holes. So, as far as a group, I think we did good the first game. We just have to continue improving each week."

    You got to play quite a bit in the second half. What did you learn about yourself?
    "I learned that you have a little nerves when you first get your name called. I also figured out that it is all technique when you get on the field. You have to know what you are doing and be sound with your steps. After that, you get out there and play with heart and play with pride and you will get your job done. That's what I tried to do. It was fun. I enjoyed every minute of it."

    I know you were nervous going into last week's game since it was your first game. Now that you have that one game under your belt how differently do you feel going into this game?
    "Getting my first collegiate game under my belt after redshirting last year, I have a lot more confidence in myself. Playing left guard I felt a lot of pressure (during the first game) but now I'm relieved because I know what to do and I know what the game atmosphere feels like."

    Overall, what was MSU offensive line coach John Hevesy's opinion of the offensive line play during the Memphis game?
    "I would say that he was happy because we got our yards. We are a run team who wants to dominate the front. He was happy but every coach has their little critiques because they want to get everything right. The O-line as a group did pretty good but we are going to have to get some things together."

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