"In high school I played guard, linebacker and on all the special teams."
When did you first walk on at MSU?
Talk about how you wound up at MSU.
"Both parents went to State and I was a big fan of Jackie Sherrill. I got a lot of offers from smaller schools, but none of them were what I wanted. The schools were Millsaps, Mississippi College, Belhaven and a Louisiana school. It was best for me to come up here. I have family who live in the area."
What made you decide to come out for the team during the spring instead of last fall?
"I figured coming out during the fall would do more harm than good for me. Come fall, the season is already underway and everybody already had their spots. I figured in the spring, there would be a better chance to start new. Plus, I missed the level of competition. Intramural just didn't do it."
It actually sounds like you weren't really sure if you wanted to play organized football again when you first got to State.
"Actually, I hadn't plan on playing again, but I met a few of the football players and I spent some time in the weightroom and got a little bigger and stronger. I then thought, why not."
Once you walked on during the spring, was it what you expected?
"February was tough. Waking up at 5:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, that was something else. I didn't realize how badly out of shape I was until I got out there."
Tell me a little more about your spring.
"Every practice was like a mental battle. It is physically tough, but your body can handle it. It is the mind you have to discipline. I found that really cool for lack of a better word."
Talk a little about what you did during the summer to get ready for the season.
"As soon as I got home from school, I worked at an engine rebuilding shop and worked out every night. That was it for seven weeks. The rest of the summer I tried to put on weight. I would like to be at 210 by the beginning of the season."
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
"My main goal this year is to play on the kickoff team. Darnell Jones and Cokie are starting over me at fullback. They deserve those spots. I'm just hoping for one or two plays on the kickoff team."
What do you like about this team?
"Everybody works hard. Kevin Fant is a great leader. Everybody really responds to him. He does a great job. Cokie (Justin Griffith) is another leader that really pulls everybody together. On defense, Mario (Haggan) really keeps the defense in line, making sure everybody is preforming at their highest level. I think it is leadership like that that is going to pull us through this year."
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