Lemuel Jeanpierre Talks Life On The O-Line
GamecockAnthem.com recently caught up with Lemuel Jeanpierre, and he discussed a variety of topics on the upcoming football season:
Question: How'd the summer go for you gearing up for the transition to the offensive line?
Answer: It was a pretty good summer for me learning everything and working really hard. A lot of the O-line helped me out. Coach Hunt helped me out a lot. I just continued to work hard in the offseason, and everything's going pretty good right now.
Question: What all were you able to do during the summer to prepare yourself for working on the offensive line this fall?
Answer: I came in and watched tape. I went up to Coach Hunt's office and went over some plays to kind of give me a head start. I put in a lot of extra time to getting ready for this season.
Question: What goals have you set for yourself this season?
Answer: My first goal is to just understand everything and get it down first. The goals after that will fall into place. If I play hard, I think I can get a starting role. The best people are going to play. That's what's important.
Question: I know that you'd never played offensive line before making this transition, so how do you think your adjustment is going so far?
Answer: Right now I think my adjustment is pretty good, because like you said, I've never played offensive line before. I think it's going pretty good. I can't really compare it to anything else, because when I first started playing D-line, I could just fly around. On offense, now I have to be more precise. I have to know who I'm blocking, make sure I get there and take my right steps.
Question: You mentioned that some of the other offensive linemen helped you out this summer. Which guys really stepped up and showed you the ropes?
Answer: Everybody pitched in. A lot of people on the O-line either played there in high school or knew the plays already. Jamon (Meredith), Justin Sorenson, Garrett (Anderson), JT (James Thompson) - Everybody pitched in when they could. When we went through drills, they helped me with my technique because I really didn't know anything.
Question: I've heard the offensive line is a really tight knit group. Can you talk about that a little bit?
Answer: We're all really close. They welcomed me right in there. I came from defense on the other side of the ball, and they welcomed me in like I was family already. They've all helped me out the best they can because we all want to win.
Question: What do you think about Coach Spurrier's comments saying that you could potentially start at one of the guard spots this year?
Answer: I take it as a challenge. It's now a goal for me. It's a big compliment that he said that, but I take it personally. Now that he's given me that compliment, it's my job to not make him into a liar. It's now my goal to become a starter, but nothing's given to me. I've got to go out and compete just like everybody else.
Question: Obviously the offensive line has gotten off to a slow start each of the last two years, but what have you guys done as a unit to try and get off to a better start this season?
Answer: We all worked really hard this summer. We heard what people were saying, and we took it as a challenge to work harder. We're hoping it's going to pay off, and we think it will pay off.
Question: I know you've been a real workhorse in the weight room under Mark Smith. How would you describe your mental and physical progress since you arrived here in 2005?
Answer: Mentally I got a lot tougher through my redshirt workouts. I came in thinking I was pretty strong and I knew I had a good work ethic, so I didn't think any workout would be too tough. That redshirt really opened my eyes though about being able to do this and that and go everyday. I've gotten a lot stronger since then, and it's helped me out a lot. I'm progressing to get stronger and stronger everyday in the weight room, as well as bigger and faster.
Question: How much weight have you actually put on since coming to USC?
Answer: Coming in I weighed 245, and now I weigh 300 pounds.
Question: Looking forward to the 2007 season, is there a certain game that stands out to you where you just can't wait to get out there and play those guys?
Answer: Florida. We lost a close game to Florida last year, and I want them again. That hurt me a lot. I say that's probably my game, because I come from that state. I really want to win that one.
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