"It feels great to be back home"

Chris Herring</b> (DT, Batesville, MS) - </font>The road has not always been smooth for the former high school and juco All-American, but it looks like the adventure has landed him back on path. Chris is looking to make up for lost time this upcoming season. His teammates are looking for the same, as this year's defensive line looks to be one of the best in Ole Miss' modern day era. Herring hopes that the preseason prediction become a postseason statement.

The following information was revealed during our interview with Mr. Herring:

Tell us how it feels to be back at Ole Miss the second time around? "It feels good to be back around the guys that I came in with. Really, it feels great. I am just glad to get a second chance, you know. It is great to be back home."

When did you report to Ole Miss? "In December."

Tell us about the transitions from going from South Panola, to the SEC, then to junior college, and back to the SEC? "There is just a big difference between the junior college level and the SEC. The practices are so much harder and much more demanding, but that is what I need. That is one of the reasons I came back to Ole Miss, because I knew they were going to push me to my limit so I would become the best player I could possibly be. In junior college, you just float along, kind of do what you want to do. I mean, they expect things from you, but not like here."

What have learned the second time around at Ole Miss? "I just need to get in better shape. That is what sticks out to me."

What did they measure you in at today? "I was 6' 1 1/2, 312."

What weight goal has the staff put for you? "290. I was up to 325 at the end of Spring, so I am half way there."

Where you do currently stand on the depth chart? "I am not sure, but I ended the Spring in 3rd."

What are your immediate goals during two a days? "I expecting myself to lose a whole lot of weight, first of all. I want to step up, so they will put a lot more on my shoulders."

What are some personal goals for the upcoming season? "I want to be one of the better defensive tackles in the nation. I want to lead this team in sacks, and I want to lead us back to a New Year's Day bowl game. I want to be a winner. This is like a second life for me. I want to make the most out of it."

Tell us how your baby boy, Chris (Jr), is doing. "He is doing great. I keep him a lot, so that feels good. He has changed the way I look at things."


Tidbit

Chris Herring's former teammate and 2004 Ole Miss signee, Peria Jerry, left for Hargrave Military Aca (VI) this morning.

Peria has enrolled at Hargrave and should be back to Ole Miss this December or May, depending on how quickly he completes his needed academic requirements.

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