Websider Weekly Interview - Misi Tupe

Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp catches up with A&M linebacker Misi Tupe about this year's linebackers, what it's like to be married as a Division-I football player and what he plans to do after football.

Aggie Websider: What are you most proud of during your time at A&M?

Tupe: Being able to play at A&M and being part of this team. I'm proud of the things I've learned from the players, the leadership skills I've learned and the friendships I've made.

Aggie Websider: What do you want A&M fans to remember about you?

Tupe: I just want fans to remember that I gave it all I have. I was a good leader on and off the field and a team player, helping players out off and on the field.

Aggie Websider: What made you decide on A&M?

Tupe: The friendliness of the people here, the environment at A&M is what brought me out here. Most of all I wanted to get away from Utah and experience football in Texas. I wanted to see how competitive it is out here. Growing up everyone talks about Texas football. I wanted to come out here and experience it and show my talent off.

Aggie Websider: Is it what you expected?

Tupe: It's a lot different than it is back home. First of all, the weather is humid, it's hard to breath so you have to adjust to it. The speed of the game in the Big 12--a lot of the players are fast so you have to step it up a notch to be out here.

Aggie Websider: What's it like being married as a D-I football player?

Tupe: It gets you focused a little bit more instead of going out and going partying. You have someone to go home to and talk to. Someone you can go home and whine to, it's a good thing.

Aggie Websider: What's the most frustrating thing about defending Texas Tech's offense?

Tupe: The toughest part is trying to reroute receivers. We've been practicing all week and it was just different being out there. I don't know how to explain it. We were prepared going out there, we just came up short.

Aggie Websider: What do you think of the LBs this year and what do you think you need to work on?

Tupe: I think we've improved a lot from last year. There's still quite a few things that need to be worked on like open field tackles and rerouting our receivers and for me, catching the ball for interceptions.

Aggie Websider: What's the difference on third down conversions this year? last year you guys were one of the top teams in the country. This year it seems like even in long distance situations, opponents seem to convert.

Tupe: We just need to get to the ball and making tackles. We need to know our alignments and scheme.

Aggie Websider: Why do you think you've already matched last year's total tackle numbers?

Tupe: I just feel more comfortable right now. Last year I hesitated some times, but I feel a lot more comfortable in this 4-2-5 defense. After watching film all last year, I just needed to focus on what I needed to do this year to get more tackles and help out the team.

Aggie Websider: What are your plans after graduation?

Tupe: I still have another year here and I'll try to finish up schooling. I'll graduate (in May) and I'm going to try to get my masters degree here at A&M as well. I've got another redshirt year so I'll use that year to go to school.




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