If I remember correctly, you were very, very good in powerlifting competition while at Madison Central. Tell me about that.
"I was state champion my junior and senior years. My junior year, I was the 220 (classification) champion and my senior year I won the 242 (classification). I was the lightest-lifting 242 because I weighed 219. I know the rules have changed, but (back then) it was where if you wanted to go up in classification, you could."
Do you remember your lifts while in high school?
"I believe my total lifts were around 1,600. I set a state record of a 660 deadlift, benched 345 and squatted something like 620."
A lot of people on my page have seen you in some of my pictures and want to know more about you as a football player. Tell me what kind of player you believe you are?
"I just go all out and give up my body. I'll find the biggest guy and try to run over him. I don't really care if I get hurt. If I get hurt during a play, at least I know I went all out. I just love to play and love to be out there."
You had a pretty good spring, didn't you?
"I thought I did. That was the first time I had played in a year. Coming out here, after not having put on the pads in a year, I though that I had a pretty good spring. But I always think I can get better. I will never be satisfied. I just want to get better every day."
How did you wind up at Mississippi State?
"I just wanted to play here. I thought I could go to junior college and get a better offer than what I did out of high school, but I cracked my ankle my freshman year at Holmes. They put it in a cast and said it was fixed but it wasn't set right. It turned out it was still cracked and I tore some cartilage in it and developed bone spurs. I had to get a cortisone shot before every game my sophomore year at Holmes. Then, after the season, I had to have surgery. I think that hurt me the most as far as getting any kind of offers. I had a few DI offers like West Virginia but I didn't like it up there. I didn't like the atmosphere or the people. I came up here that one time but I wasn't eligible so I had to go back and graduate. I liked the atmophere and the people here." [Cody was going to walk on last fall, but was short a course or two and had to go back and complete those before he could play at MSU.-Gene]
Have the coaches talked about where you will fit on the team this coming season?
"Coach T (Tompkins) said he would give me a shot to be on kickoff teams and special teams. He also said he would give me a shot early on in two-a-days and see what I can do at middle (linebacker). During the spring game, I played outside, but I like middle."
What is your forty speed?
"I think I ran a 4.57 or a 4.56."
That's good, especially with you size and strength. With your size, speed and strength, you could be a headhunter on the special teams.
"That's what I want to do. I get a rush out of doing things like that. I just don't want to knock someone out."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher and owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial site for Mississippi State sports since October, 1996. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org