How well has the defensive line been playing so far this season? Have you seen improvement from the first to the fourth game?
"I've seen improvement. At first, we were just running around. Now, we have begun to understand the different blocks, which is making us better. We are an alright defensive line, but there is always room for improvement."
What aspects of the game do you feel the defensive line needs to improve?
"I would have to say everywhere. We are only as strong as our weakest link. We are going to be alright."
Individually, how are you doing?
"I think I play hard, but I still have a lot of learning to do. I can get a lot better."
What are you doing well and what are you not doing well?
"I'm going to talk about what I'm not doing well, first. What I'm not doing well is beating the (offensive lineman) everytime. If I was beating him everytime, I would have a bunch of tackle. What I'm doing well is, even if I don't make a big play, I always run to the ball. I hustle. That is what I do best."
When you mention you don't beat your guy everytime, is it because your opponent is bigger, faster and quicker than you or is it primarily technique that keeps you from beating him?
"You aren't going to beat the guy in front of you everytime. But, it's really more technique. False stepping (hurts). If you false step, you are beat. It is real small things that the normal person doesn't see."
Of all the players you have faced this year, who was the best?
"They were all about the same, but I will narrow the best down to two; the tackle from Oregon and the tackle from LSU. The guy from Oregon, he was alright. The guy from LSU he was alright, but once he got a grip on you, it was kind of hard to get his hand off. That pretty much goes back to not getting off your blocks."
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 email@example.com