This time last year, the juco transfer was a rookie to D-I football. Now, just a year later, he's not only an experienced veteran but a team leader.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound center from Bakersfield, Calif., who started all 12 games at center for the Rebels in 2006, says he's ready for bigger and better things this year than last season's 4-8 mark.
"I'd never been on a losing team," he said. "I'm focused on getting our line right, getting guys right, and winning games."
Actis was in Oxford all summer. But instead of going home to California between July and now, he and fellow Rebel teammate Rob Park went fishing in Florida.
"We had fun. It was nice and relaxing," Actis said.
So how'd that go?
"Well, he caught more, but I caught the biggest," Actis said. "We both actually caught our limit, but I caught the biggest fish of them all."
Actis likes the O-Line and feels they will be an improved group.
"We did a decent job last year, and I think we'll be better this year," he said. "People are saying we could be a lot better this year and are giving us some praise. That makes it a little more pressure, and that's good, knowing the team will rely on us. That will only make us better."
Actis says the attitude of the Rebels this year beats what he saw from last year's squad, and that's also good.
"I just think more people are excited this year," he said. "As for me, I know who is here and what to expect. I understand the competition. I know what the team is capable of because we've been here all summer."
Actis said he feels like he's in better shape than this time last year and he's worked toward that.
"Last year to this year I've gotten stronger, faster, everything like that," he said. "I'm even more excited to be here this time than last year. I couldn't wait to get back here and check in and get everything going. I can't wait to get practice going. I just want to win, that's all."
It all starts now and Sept. 1 in Memphis is right around the corner. Actis says in his own way he feels he can be a team leader.
"I'm excited," he said. "This is my last year. I feel I've come in here in good shape. I'm ready to get it started, get it rolling. I'm not real vocal out there. I just try to do it by telling the guys more individually, not a real rah-rah person, just lead by trying to do everything right. That's just what I do."
Actis ready for final season of college ball
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