After a recent practice, freshman DE Shane Ray 6'3 230 4.6 took time to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his first fall camp experience, and his outlook heading into his first season at Missouri.
"I'm really enjoying it," said Ray, talking about his first camp at Missouri. "It's actually, really fun. I'm having a good time. It's all about competition, and I'm competing."
"Coach says I'm doing a good job," Ray continued. "And, I just need to keep working hard, and focus on the little things, not making mental errors, and I'll be O.K."
I asked Ray to identify what he's good at, and what he needs to do to get better?
"I'm good at speed," replied Ray. "My speed rush is where it's at, my pass rush. I'm getting better at stopping the run. That's really important. But, stopping the run, I've got to pick my weight up. I've got to work at gaining more weight, so that I can be able to muscle the big offensive linemen. And, I just need to keep rocking the play book as hard as I can, making sure that I know my assignments."
Ray has a target weight of 260 pounds. He posted a 35" vertical jump, this summer, as well as a maximum bench press of 350 pounds. And, he's put up 18 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.
Ray talked about the possibility of a red-shirt.
"Honestly, I really don't know," said Ray. "Coaches. That's up to the coaches. I don't really think about it. I talked to Kony Ealy about it. Kony said it's not bad to red-shirt. Gun Club gets you strong! Like I said, if I'm in a position to help the team, and touch the field, then that's what I'm going to do. But, if they feel like I need to get stronger, and mature as a player, then I'm more than happy to red-shirt."
Ray talked about team goals for this season.
"To win," exclaimed Ray. "To win, and to be the best football team that we can be. We've got a lot of talent, a whole lot of talent, this year. I think we're probably one of the best teams in Mizzou history, as far as our ratings and our stats go. So, I think we can come out and win a lot this year."