Pride Exclusive: Calvin Wilson

As the Golden Eagles look to improve on their 2008 season, one obvious area of attention is sacks allowed. Only Central Florida allowed more sacks in Conference USA than the Golden Eagles who saw Austin Davis dropped 29 times. One man looking to see his quarterback spend more time on his feet this year is senior tackle Calvin Wilson.

Calvin and a talented group of sled pushers are looking to gel this spring in an attempt to improve their play along the forward wall of the Southern Miss' offensive.

"I feel like we are performing well," said Wilson of his units' play this spring. "I feel like we are getting more chemistry and we are playing well together."

The Hattiesburg High alumnus credits both Alex Michael and Kyle Burkhardt as players who are showing a lot of improvement in the spring sessions.

At 6-6, Calvin has the frame to carry a lot of weight and still play at a high level. He is looking to drop some weight over the course of the next few months in an attempt make his final campaign at Southern Miss his best.

"I am really working on my weight," said Wilson. "That is something I have been working with my whole college career. I am trying to get down to 330. I am 359 right now, so I am working on eating better and getting an extra work out in to lose some weight."

Pass protection is an area that is of utmost importance this and every other season. Wilson believes his personnel group has the right mindset to set the tone for the offense.

"We mainly have to be competitive with each other and work our program," said Calvin. "We want to come out and dominate. If we work hard, we should be able to dominate the line of scrimmage."

Wilson believes if he and his teammates do what is asked of them by the Southern Miss coaching staff, they can have a senior season to remember.

"I really want us to go undefeated," explained Calvin. "if we all work hard this year, we can do it. We just can't make excuses. We have some tough teams this year, but if we all play together we can win them all."


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