"We expect to be a good team. How far we go will depend on how hard we are going to work and how willing everyone is to being unselfish and committing themselves to helping the team. We have so much talent on the team this year that there are going to be some very, very good players who won't play. We just have to sacrifice for the team this year like we did last year."
Are you seeing those things from this year's group of players during the summer workouts?
"I am. I think our new guys understand that they are coming to a team with five seniors who have all played a lot and most of whom have started. Because of that, there are not a lot of opportunities on this team this year. But there will be next year. If everyone works hard Mississippi State will not only be good this year but the next three years."
You are on campus this summer. Are you seeing a lot of excitement from the students, especially since Roberts decided to come back?
"People were excited before Lawrence came back and it has been overwhelming since he came back. I guess the other side of that is we have some big expectations. But I think that is what Mississippi State has been striving for all these years, having a top-10 preseason ranking, having the tv games and having the opportunity to be a national power. That is what all the fans want and what we want."
Do you feel having so many seniors on this team will help it handle such high expectations?
"Yeah, I think the fact that we have a lot of seniors who are 22, 23 and 25 will help us deal with the pressure. As seniors, we've all had experience in tight games. Usually when teams win championships, there are a bunch of seniors on them. So, that is a good sign for us."
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