Lashley in the Fight

After the final horn sounded, there was almost a sense of relief in the stadium. West Point found themselves on the short end of a 16-0 stick, but the young Green Wave team came to fight this Friday night. In a very physical contest, West Point rose to the challenge and competed. Senior offensive lineman Scott Lashley felt a great deal of pride in his team despite the loss.

"I don't have anything but love and respect for my whole team," Lashley said. "I am proud of our defense for how hard they fought. To come out here and hold them the way we did was impressive. Starkville blew out Oxford. Words can't really express about how I feel right now. 

"On the offensive side of the ball there are a lot of things we have to work on. Some mistakes happened, but all we can do is go back and find the mistakes and correct it for next week. We just have to watch the film and learn."

Starkville may be the toughest defense the Green Wave faces all year, so the contest provided a good measuring stick for an offensive line that is a mix of Lashley, a Scout 300 member, and a collection of young up and comers.

"I feel like I did pretty good and that our whole offensive line did, but we're still pretty young," Lashley explained. "We all made some mistakes. I made some mistakes. That's all part of the game and we just have to pick up our heads and keep moving forward."

Lashley reports that he received some post-game comments from some players that he really respects that meant a lot to him.

"I talked with Kobe Jones, Lorenzo Dantzler and all of those guys after the game," Lashley said. "They all stuck their hands out and said I was the best offensive tackle they had faced. That means a lot to me, but I am never satisfied. I am just doing all I can to improve and help my team win."

The personable four star felt that his team matched the Yellow Jackets from a physicality standpoint. While the loss was a setback, Lashley is determined that his team gains some confidence from the experience.

"I am proud of how we competed, but at the same time this is West Point football," Lashley said. "This was a rivalry game and we wanted to win. We wanted to beat Starkville. We expect to win at West Point, so aren't just proud of the effort.

"We go to Columbus next. We are going to watch film and get ready for another tough ball game. We are just going to grind and get ready."

After his ball game Friday night, Lashley plans to attend the Mississippi State home opener against LSU. The Bulldogs are on of several programs that remain in the hunt for the talented tackle.

"Recruiting is still pretty much the same," Lashley said. "I am still looking at my top ten and Oklahoma has sort of gotten in the mix. It's all pretty much straight right now and I am hearing from some schools who are messaging me good luck and things like that. I have heard some of that from Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach (Hugh) Freeze. They send some letting sayings to keep me motivated and things like that."

Lashley hints that another cut is coming soon, but right now recruiting is taking a back seat to his senior year at West Point. 

"I am loving the season and just trying to enjoy all of this," Lashley said. "I couldn't do all of my workouts this summer and I missed being out here with my team. I am just enjoying every minute of this now. 

"I'm back now and I'm giving my all on every play. I am just trying to enjoy every play and every game and get the most out of this season."

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