Football newcomers Corey Spells, De'Mon Glanton and Anthony Strauder talked about the hopes and expectations that they have for their first year at Mississippi State.

Pictured: Corey Spells
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<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2004/spellscorey.jpg" align="left"> Football newcomers Corey Spells, De'Mon Glanton and Anthony Strauder talked about the hopes and expectations that they have for their first year at Mississippi State.<P> <h6>Pictured: Corey Spells</h6>

True freshman CB Corey Spells. Corey reported to MSU wearing a cast on his left foot.

What kind of injury do you have?
"It is a stress fracture that has been waiting to happen for awhile now. He showed me the x-ray of my foot and there was a little curve in it. We did an x-ray on both of my feet and the curve on my left foot indicated that it was a stress fracture waiting to happen. All it needed was a little push and that is what happened."

When did your injury occur?
"It happened August 3rd around noon time."

What were you doing when you got injured?
"I was actually training. That seems like what a person would say, but I have a teammate that witnessed it (laugh)."

How long will it take to heal?
"(MSU) Dr. Linton said the average maximum is about six weeks, but that we have a better chance at four or five weeks than seven or eight weeks. So, it should be no later than six weeks."

Will you be able to work out while you are rehabing?
"I will be able to do a lot of arm and upper body work. I've been through too much adversity to let a broken toe determine the rest of my season. It's not even a let down to me. The only thing that hurts me is the disappointment that I see in other people's faces."

Will you be able to play this year?
"Six weeks is not that long. On the way back here, I broke it down in games. I should be healed by the Tulane game. I should be able to practice the week of the Auburn game and I should be playing by the Maine game. I'm going to be back. It just gives me more motivation."


Freshman safety Demon Glanton

What have you done this summer to prepare for the season?
"I worked out everyday. I lifted weights in the morning and worked out on the field in the afternoon."

Why did you choose Mississippi State over the other colleges that were interested in you?
"I considered Wisconsin and Auburn, but Mississippi State was better for me because it is a rebuilding program."

You must feel you have a better chance to play early at Mississippi State?
"Yes sir."

What position are the coaches going to try you at during the early part of training camp?
"They are going to try me at safety first, then try me at corner. More than likely, I will be playing corner."

Because Coach Croom is so demanding of his players, it will take a special player to play for him. Will it be tough to meet the demands he puts on his players?
"I will be able to meet the demands. I am going to be in class everyday. I am going to be at practice everyday and in meetings on time."


True freshman DT Anthony Strauder

What does it feel like to finally be at Mississippi State?
"It is kind of exciting and kind of hard to leave home, but I knew it was time."

You are 287 and seem to be in great shape. You definitely look like you can play this year. Do you feel that you will play or do you prefer to redshirt?
"I feel like I am in pretty good shape and feel like I have a pretty good chance to play. But I think redshirting would be a good thing for me because it would allow me to mature."

If you do get to play this year, what are your hopes?
"I just want to be a part of the D-line and help Mississippi State be strong on defense."

What did you weigh in high school?
"I weighed 288 in high school, but when I broke my leg I gained a lot of weight. When I weighed on my visit (to Mississippi State), I weighed 306."


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