Mississippi State players Omarr Conner, Ron Fields, Deljuan Robinson and Jerious Norwood talked about the scrimmage and their thoughts about the just-completed spring training.

Pictured: Ron Fields
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MSU Players Talk About the Spring

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/football/2003/fields.jpg" align="left"> Mississippi State players Omarr Conner, Ron Fields, Deljuan Robinson and Jerious Norwood talked about the scrimmage and their thoughts about the just-completed spring training.<P> <h6>Pictured: Ron Fields</h6>


Sophomore quarterback Omarr Conner

What were your impressions of the scrimmage?
"Today was a day that we put things together and had some fun. We showed the fans how the new system and how the new coaches are going to be."

Do you think you had a good scrimmage?
"I think I did pretty good. We just have to maintain what we know now and take it over to the season."

Do you think you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish this spring?
"I think I became more of a leader. Last year, I was kind of laid back, kind of a joker. I think I have now showed my teammates that they can put their trust in me. I came a long way with the playbook. The things that I need to improve on is to be more poised."

You have great mobility as a quarterback. Is that something the coaching staff plans on using as an offensive weapon?
"Yes sir, I think they will. There will be times that somebody is going to break containment. Everybody won't be blocked all the time."

You've gone against the Bulldog defense all spring. What are your impressions of them?
"They are going to be ready. We have a good defense with guys like Ron Fields and Deljuan Robinson. And we have a nice secondary."

What are your plans until two-a-days?
"We will meet with all the coaches individually and as a team. We will be in school the first and second summer sessions of summer school. The receivers and quarterbacks will work on things that we already know, trying to perfect them."

What percent of the offense do you feel that you have been taught?
"We have been taught about 55%. At first, we were taught the basic plays, but since then the coaches have put in a lot of formations."

Did you feel comfortable with each play? In other words, do you know your responsibilities?
"I feel very comfortable. Coach McCorvey has broken it down well for me. I've just got to get better at reading my hots so that I don't have to use my legs."


Senior defensive tackle Ronald Fields

With the spring now over, how comfortable do you feel with the new defensive scheme?
"We had to crawl before we could walk when we first put the new defense in, but I think we have come out and done a real good job of learning it."

The crowd today was the biggest that I have seen. How did it make the players feel to have a crowd that was probably two times bigger than in past years?
"It made us feel real good to see so many people come out and support us. We want to thank everybody for coming out."

How do you feel about the overall defensive front four, specifically the first and second units?
"I feel like we have a very good defensive front. They are all really young guys. I'm the only older guy besides (junior defensive rover) Willie (Evans). They are young and doing their part. I really respect them for that."

True freshman Corey Clark plays right beside you on the first unit. How has he done this spring?
"He is doing real good and has really stepped up. Last year, he didn't play because he was injured. He is a big, physical guy, similar to me."


Sophomore defensive end Deljuan Robinson

You've got the rest of the spring, then the summer ahead of you. What will you be trying to do during that time?
"We will try to get better and get in better shape and be a good conditioned football team."

What is the defensive front doing differently in this scheme compared to last year's scheme?
"We are big, quick and have a nasty attitude on the front. We are trying to attack everytime the ball is snapped. When the ball is snapped, we are tying to get after people. We are trying to set the tone and be physical up front."


Junior halfback Jerious Norwood

Are you comfortable with the new offense?
"I'm real comfortable with the offense. I was comfortable with the last offense that we had, but I feel more comfortable with this one."

There are a couple of young guys behind you, Carlton Rice and Jason Jude. Talk about your impressions of them.
"Both of them run hard. They are both young and are going to be very good backs as they mature. They pick up on the plays well. They pick up fast. In fact, they picked it up faster than I did."

As a running back, what do you think about having two guys, Omarr Conner and Aries Nelson, who are very mobile quarterbacks?
"It is good to have guys like that back there because if we ever get into a position where we can't run the ball, we always have a quarterback who can scramble and make things happen. It's always good to gave a fast quarterback."


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