"Before I left, I was 303. I'm down to 293, now."
What weight do you want to get down to?
"Really, my goal is to get down to 285. I can then get back to my quickness that I had before I gained all that weight."
What were your objectives during spring practice?
"Coming into the spring, my intentions were to show the coaches that I was ready to play and get my weight down to my playing size. As far as showing them that I can play, I think I have accomplished that. Now, all I need to do is get my weight down to my playing size and get my speed back to where it was in high school."
What did you do while you were back home during the first part of the summer?
"Back home, I worked a lot with my high school coach. He worked a lot with me on quickness drills and lifting weights."
Do you feel you have gotten quicker?
"Yes, I feel like I did. The drills that my coach did with me are some of the ones that I did in high school. I think that helped me out a lot."
I guess it was frustrating to you because you lost so much speed when you got up here and gained so much weight?
"When I came up here, I put on too much weight. Some people told me that I needed to gain weight. When I first got up here, I weighed 260 pounds. I got up to 303, which was about 40 pounds, a lot of which I didn't need. My coach, coach Hendrick, told me to bring it back down, then put some of it back on with muscle."
What are you going to try and accomplish the second part of the summer?
"My main objective the second part of the summer is to get down to that 285 to 280 range. Another objective is to get myself into position to play this year."
Talk about your hopes for this team this coming season.
"My hopes for this team this season is for us to play together. Even though I didn't play any last year, it seemed to me that we didn't play as a team, as one. It was like separate people last year."
What are your hopes individually this coming season?
"I hope to get better and better every day and to prove people wrong. People have doubted that I could play here. My main goal now is to prove people wrong."
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.