"My main objective was to learn the playbook. I have just moved from the defense to the offense. It is a lot harder on offense."
What position were you moved to?
"My other objective was to get through my shoulder injury. That was rough on me, to. The main thing was to learn the plays."
Do you feel more comfortable with the plays, now?
"I don't have all of it down, but I know most of it. (Offensive guard/center) coach McCray made a good point when he said it was good that I came early even though I was hurt."
You mentioned that you had a shoulder injury. How is it coming along?
"It is coming along real good. I am almost 100% right now. I will be there when two-a-days come along."
You've been moved around a lot. What position did you play in high school?
"I played defensive line in high school."
Where did you play when you first got to State?
"I came in as an offensive lineman, but they put me on defense last year. I played some defensive line last year, but my chances are better on the offensive line so I went back over to offense."
Do you enjoy playing offensive line?
"Yeah, it's a lot of fun, a whole lot of fun. I was just used to playing defense in high school. Now, I realize the bigger picture."
Why did they put you at guard instead of tackle, because of your quickness?
"I guess. Also, for pulling purposes. I have pretty good feet."
What were you able to do while you were back home during the first part of the summer?
"I did a lot. I had a personal trainer called coach Jordan. He worked with me to get my body fat down and increase my speed."
It looks like it worked, because you look like you have lost quite a bit of weight.
"I was 331 before I left, so I lost about 16 pounds."
You have lost weight. What about your wind? Did you help that?
"I have real good wind. My first day I finished all of the 110's on time."
During the second summer session, what are you going to try to do?
"Try to get in tip-top shape. Two-a-days are rough. This Mississippi heat is a different kind of heat than Atlanta (laugh). I'm trying to get used to that again. Plus, I want to continue learning the playbook."
What are your hopes for this team this coming season?
"Everybody says they want to win every game, but I really believe we can accomplish it. We have team symmetry going now. We are starting to jell. I want us to come out and play 100% and win every game."
Individually, what are your hopes?
"I want to work hard in two-a-days and then see what happens."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.