Prior to the season, you said you were having fun playing football again. Have the losses in the first four games taken the fun out of the game?
"Losing's not fun but I love playing football and I'll continue playing it until the game doesn't let me play it anymore. There are a lot of people out in the world doing a lot worse things than this. That is the way you have to look at it. A lot of people would love to be in my shoes. I am playing football and a lot of people don't ever get the chance to play on this level. I am going to take advantage of the situation."
You are one of the team leaders on the offensive side of the ball. Are you starting to put pressure on yourself to make plays?
"Well, I have in situations when I shouldn't. It's hard not to when you get down and we have been down in most of our games. I think everybody does that. You just have to make sure you don't put too much pressure on yourself where you are not letting things come to you and making things happen. Things tend to go bad when you do that."
Coach Sherrill mentioned that maturity has helped you deal with tough situations during the games. Even though you threw a couple of interceptions during the LSU game, you came back and led your team to a 92-yard touchdown drive.
"The difference between me this year and last year was that I put too much pressure on myself (last year). The way I see it is I'm going to play ball and treat it like practice; just go out there and try and master every play, take it one play at a time. Things that happen that you have no control over, don't worry about them. If things happen, let them go."
The fans left fairly early in the LSU game and there were a few boos. Does it bother the players to see and hear that?
"I rarely ever notice it because when you are into the game, you are not paying attention to what is going on outside of it. Yeah, you can feel and hear the crowd, but if you were to take time to look up and see who is leaving, then you are not into the game. Right at the end of the game, yeah, I noticed it, I'll tell you that, but during the game, I don't really pay attention to it. I don't notice (the boos). You block it out. If you do hear it, you don't let if affect your game."
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