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Senior WR Fred Ross: MSU Football, Friendship And Movies

Senior wide receiver Fred Ross talks about Mississippi State football, his friendship with Dak Prescott and why he loves going to movies.

A one and two record after three games is not where the Mississippi State players and coaches expected to be. Ross believes the players simply need to be more focused throughout the game, from start to finish.

"We need to come out with the same intensity that we did in the second half (against LSU)," said Ross. "We started out too jittery, too antsy. I feel like we were over-excited and put too much pressure on ourselves."

Ross also understands having two young and inexperienced quarterbacks leading the offense after having Dak Prescott, one of the top quarterbacks in Mississippi State history at the helm the past couple of years, has had an effect on the offensive play as well.

"Dak was in the program for a long time and was one of the best quarterbacks to ever play here," said Ross. "When you lose somebody like that it is going to be different, especially for the young guys who come in (after him). Both, however, are doing a good job and both are working hard."

To help take up the slack of losing the leadership of a Dak Prescott, Ross is trying to be a leader on the offensive side of the ball.

"During a game, when something bad happens, I let them know that things are going to be alright," said Ross. "And I work hard in practice so the guys will believe me when I say that."

Ross is obviously focused on the success of the Mississippi State football team, but he is also focused on how Dak Prescott, a personal friend of his, is doing in the NFL.

"Dak and I were like brothers," said Ross. "If we weren't at football we were either at his apartment or at my house. We were always together. Our friendship kind of took off, really from the first time that I came up here on my visit. We just kind of hit it off.

"It has been amazing to see him living out his dream. His favorite team is Dallas and for him to actually be starting for them is amazing. Now, he is breaking records and leading them to victory. All that is amazing for him. I know how hard he works and seeing that makes him a motivator to me."

If Ross is not playing football or keeping up with his friend Dak Prescott, one place you might see him is at the movie theater in Starkville. He explained what going to the movies does for him.

"Going to a movie at a theater is relaxing to me," said Ross. "It is a way for me to refresh my mind and cool out for awhile. And I love candy and popcorn. When I go I get a big box of popcorn, get some candy and get a slushie. "

So, what kind of movies does Fred Ross like?

"I like scary movies and action movies if they have a good story behind them," said Ross.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network.

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