"My son, Kamau Jackson, Jr., had a birthday this week. He was two years old. I rented him a Moon Walk for his birthday."
Is he a future linebacker for Mississippi State?
"He likes to catch the ball like a receiver. I hope I can change his mind."
What is your current weight?
"I weigh 262 pounds now. I am trying to lose weight. My ideal weight is 245 to 246."
Kamau, what were your goals for the spring?
"I wanted to make myself better first of all. I want to go into the season knowing the game. I know it, but I still have a lot to learn about the SEC, period. I learned a lot in the spring at both positions (linebacker and defensive end). Defensive end was different for me because I have never played with my hands down. After awhile, I learned to like it."
What are you attempting to accomplish during the summer workouts?
"My goal during the summer is to lose weight."
What do you hope to accomplish this coming season?
"I am going to just help them out wherever they need me. I will play end most likely. We have the man in the middle now, Mr. Mario Haggan."
Talk about last season.
"I was very disappointed in our season last year. Right now, I am looking to learn from the mistakes that I made last year. We don't have any excuses for last year, we just lost. We can't blame it on one person on either side of the ball. We are a team, so we lost as a team. We should learn from our mistakes. Last year, we worried too much. We didn't have fun."
What are the players doing to make sure that doesn't happen again?
"We are hanging around with each other a lot. Nobody is pointing the finger at each other. We are trying to help each other. That we what we need."
You have always been a very vocal person. Are you trying to be more of a leader this year?
"I want to be a leader this year, that's why I'm not as loud as I used to be."
There were rumors on the internet that you tore your knee up during a summer workout. How about telling the folks on my page what really happened.
"It hasn't ever been like that. My knee is fine. I twisted it but I'm coming on. I am working out with the team and running. (MSU head trainer Paul Mock) said it is fine. He said it all depends on how I feel and I feel pretty good." [Kamau has worked out with the team every day since he got back from twisting his knee.-Gene]
Thank you, Kamau.
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at email@example.com.