Middle Linebacker Tony Fein, who signed with Ole Miss in February out of the JUCO ranks in Arizona, is wrapping up the finishing touches on his junior college degree and has a flight booked for Oxford for Wednesday, May 30th.
He will miss a couple of days of the first semester of summer school, but is already set with the classes he will take.
"I'm really looking forward to getting this going," said the 6-2, 245-pounder who is an ex-military man and 24 years old. "I can't wait to get to Ole Miss."
Fein is expected to compete for the starting MLB slot as soon as he steps on campus. That's his goal, for sure.
"I have been training in Scottsdale preparing for my arrival at Ole Miss. I have also been watching films of the way Ole Miss runs the 4-3 defense so I can get a little bit of a head start," he continued. "I have some conditioning work to do, but I am in pretty good shape now. I also have a lot more to learn about Ole Miss' 4-3, even though I have played in a 4-3 before, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes."
Fein said the Rebels will be getting a player who is serious about football.
"Football is my life now. I'm not a boy tryin to figure out what I want to do. I am 24 years old and it's time for me to start thinking about a career and how to earn a living," he explained. "I am going to give football a shot.
"Ole Miss will get the very best I have to offer. Due to my military background, I am not afraid of doing whatever is necessary to get the job done."
Tony feels his military background is beneficial for several reasons.
"The military helps you grow up and mature. The military is the ultimate team setting. I understand teamwork and how important it is for everyone to work together to accomplish a goal. I know what it takes to achieve," he continued.
On the football field, Fein said he's all about the effort.
"I am competitive by nature and very aggressive on the field," Tony said. "I also love the game of football. My goal is to give everything I have to making Ole Miss a great team."
Fein said he's carrying a little extra weight right now, but he feels comfortable he'll be at his playing weight real soon.
"In the offseason, I usually gain to 250-255. Within a couple of weeks of working hard, I will be down to my playing weight of 245," he closed. "I can't wait to get there and get started."
Tony Fein is one of the most anticipated player to step on the Ole Miss campus in recent memory. Due to the Rebs' need of more linebackers, and his physical prowess and maturity, he could well be as important to the hopes and dreams of the team as any 2007 signee.
He's arriving May 30th ready to get after it.
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