Reterio eyes the future.
What weight and height did you report in at today? "240, and I was 6' 4 1/2".
Which position are they going to start you at when practice starts? "Mike linebacker. I will play some linebacker too."
Has defensive end not been discussed? "No sir, not yet."
Where are you strength wise, from where you are now to where you were at the end of your senior year? "Gosh, I am a lot stronger now. Really, since I hurt my leg last summer, the only thing I have been doing is working out and keeping in shape. I have never had a full year in the gym. I was really a basketball guy until this year. I did not even play football in 10th or 11th grade, so I never worked out year round like I am now."
What are you currently maxing out at? "Well, I still do not max out with my legs, so I do not know. They still want me to be careful with my lower body. Bench wise, I do 225 seventeen times, and I can get it up to about 320."
Why did you decide to pick football back up? "I just knew that was where I needed to be. I mean, I was good in basketball, I averaged over 20 points and 14 rebounds during my career at South Panola, but I knew I had a chance to make some money in football."
How much playing experience do you have in football? "Well, I started my freshman year. I played the whole year. Then I did not play in 10th or 11th grade. I got hurt last summer, so I only played in around 4 games last year. So, all together, around 15 games."
Have you discussed with the staff if you are going to redshirt or not? "I have not really just talked about it yet. They just said it depends on how I play in two a days. They just told me that I had to come back and rehab this summer, which I did, and work hard, and I would have a chance to play."
Percentage wise, where is your knee? "Everything is straight to me. I just got a little tendonitis. It does not hurt that much though. Sometimes it hurts a little, but they say that is normal. I had the surgery six months ago, so it is still going to be a little tender. The doctors tell me I am 93% back."
When you are stopping and going, how does your knee feel? "Everything is straight, like when I cut a little bit. It just stings a little bit, but I can run full speed. I can do everything but stop real fast. My stopping is still a problem. That is really the only problem I have right now, stopping."
Has the aura of college football finally sunk in yet? "Yea, it has."
How does it feel? "It feels real good. I have been waiting on this for a long/long time."
What are your personal goals for this upcoming season? "My first step is to work hard and keep improving by listening to the coaches and really paying attention in the film room. If I pay attention, then all the rest will follow. You learn a lot by watching people like Patrick Willis and Marquis McBeath. Just watching them practice and how they conduct themselves on and off the field. They are good role models for me. They take football very seriously, so you know you have to too. They told me early on this summer, just listen to the coaches and do everything they tell you to do and everything else will take care of itself."
What are your team goals for this season? "That is easy, just to win the SEC Championship. If we take care of that, then the BCS will be taken care of."
What do you expect this year from your former team, South Panola? "I think they are going to go back and be undefeated. With Derek Pegues (QB), Travis Sanford (WR/S), John Jerry (OT/DT), Marcus Johnson (DE), Derious Armstead (DT). They got game and a lot of it. They are going to repeat."