A Q&A With Center J.C. Brignone

A Q&A with Mississippi State sophomore center J.C. Brignone.

Offensive guard Tobias Smith has been one of the surprises of the fall camp. You play with him every day, so you see him up close and personal. What makes him so good?
J. C. Brignone - "That kid is really amazing. From what I have seen of him, he has been more than what I would expect out of a freshman. He's picked up things faster than I ever did as a freshman offensive lineman. And it was easy for me to pick it up as a freshman because (MSU offensive line) Coach (J.B.) Grimes helped me out, but he's picked it up even faster. And he takes constructive criticism so well because he's so open-minded. As a freshman, you might think this coach is getting on me, but he doesn't. He's taking what Coach Grimes says and he's coming out the next play and putting it into affect."

He's got the intangibles you want in a lineman, but does he have the other things you need to succeed on a level like the SEC? "The factors of size and physicalness, I have no question that he can play ball with us. He can be as good as he wants to be. It's all in his heart to come out and play hard every day. If he plays the same way like that every day, I can see him being an All-American."

You go against freshman defensive lineman Joshua Jackson in practice every day. What are your thoughts about him?
"Josh, who is a pretty big kid, has the mindset of going at it. He comes off the ball pretty good. And he's strong. That's one thing about this freshman class - they all came in strong. They are all very strong. Even the defensive ends, for being 215, those cats are strong. Looks can be deceiving."

The talent level looks to be improving every year, doesn't it?
"Our recruiting, just because of what our team has done and the atmosphere around here, it has brought so many more recruits in here it's not even funny. Our recruiting class is doing really good and our coaches are doing a great job recruiting. We are bringing in guys that are going to really help us through the years. I'm really looking forward to the next few years. "

I guess you are pretty happy that you are only a sophomore and have three more years to play at Mississippi State.
"It is really an awesome time right now. When you go into town now, you have people pick you out of a crowd and come talk to you about the season. They tell you that they can't wait for the season. It really makes you feel good to have your crowd behind you. They aren't going to leave in the fourth quarter. The Alabama game was amazing; it was the biggest thing I have ever seen. When we walk out on the field and we see our fans out there and hear those cowbells, it makes us feel ten times more pumped because there are people out there that we have to do things for us, we have to play for - it's not just for us, it's for Mississippi State."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

Gene's Page Top Stories