"Being a walk-on, I came out with a mindset of just making an impact on the team, just trying to let them know that I could tackle and cover a little bit. I wanted them to coach me and give me a chance to make a play so they could see what I could do. The coaches told me that I learn fast and that I listen."
I remember seeing you make some solid tackles during the spring. You are a pretty good tackler.
"I have always been a small guy, but I always tried to bring everything that I had when I hit."
Did you feel you accomplished most of your objectives during the spring?
"I accomplished most of them, but I had a sprain ankle after the first scrimmage. I had a good first scrimmage, but after that my sprain ankle slowed me down. My foot was going numb. I had tore some nerves in my foot. Coach Dunn talked to my cousin, Pig Prater, after Super Bulldog Weekend. He told him that I started off real good, but the last couple of scrimmages I played pretty well, but it wasn't like the first scrimmage. Pig told him that I had sprained my ankle."
How is your ankle now?
"It is fine now. It is 100%."
What did you do during the first part of the summer?
"I was working. My parents wanted me to help pay for my college education. I still found time in the morning to train as much as I could prior to going to work."
Now that you are back in school, what are you trying to accomplish?
"I am on a weight-gain program trying to gain more weight and trying to get stronger and faster. I want to get my weight up so it will be easier to tackle."
What are your hopes for this team this season?
"I want us to have a good, solid season. I want us to be very competitive in the SEC and win the West. Last year was a bad season for us, so we are trying to build and turn it around."
How do you want to help this year's team personally?
"I want to help any way that I can, special teams or even at corner. I just want to contribute any way that I can."
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.