Sept. 15, 2006
Throughout the 2006 Golden Eagle Football season, a player from the offense, defense, and special teams will sit down for an interview with Southern Miss Athletic Media Relations Graduate Assistant Mallory Haynes on what you need to know about Southern Miss Football.
Give us your thoughts about the Southeastern Louisiana game. "I think we came out and played well. We executed on offense and the defense did really well. They shut them out and that is always a good thing."
How are you preparing for N.C. State? "The N.C. State team is a physical team. I'm trying to get mentally tough and prepared to pick up blitzes and make plays."
Talk a little bit about the touchdown when you were dragging those Southeastern players into the endzone. What was going through your mind? "The only thing that was going through my mind was that I had to get to the endzone and score. I saw that yellow and decided that nothing was going to stop me from getting there."
Being a freshman, has it been difficult to adjust to college life while also playing football? "Maybe a little bit. The school work is different. You have to manage your own time and I'm working on that right now."
Which of the older Golden Eagles do you look up to? "I look up to Bobby Weakley a lot because he works hard every day. He's never complaining and you can always count on him and depend on him."
You were also recruited by Arkansas State. What made you choose to attend Southern Miss? "It's close to home and I really like the tradition here."
There has been a lot of coverage about you being the "true freshman" and exploding into the scene at Southern Miss. Does that make you feel pressured? "Not really. I guess it made me feel like I had to live up to the hype. If everyone thinks that you're going to be really good, you've got to come out here and work hard to be what they expect."
How did you feel starting in your first game at The Rock? "It was great and it was a wonderful experience. The best part about it is that we won. It was a great feeling."
What are your goals for yourself this season? "I want to come out and help the team have a winning season. I would love to go to a bowl game and get a ring."
You were recruited here as an athlete and Coach Bower didn't know which side of the ball he was going to put you on. Now that you have landed into the running back position, are there any others you would like to try out? "No, I love where I am."
What are your thoughts about your performance on Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana? "I thought that J.Y. (Jeremy Young) put me in some great positions to make some good plays. I just wanted to go out there and make a play for my team."
How are the team preparations for the N.C. State game going so far? "N.C. State is a great football team. We played them last year. We try to go out to practice and act like it's a real game so we can be ready for this weekend."
You have been known to make some outstanding athletic catches. What drives you to perform they way you do? "It's my teammates. As receivers, we're expected to make plays. I just want to go out there and make plays."
Which superpower would you like to have? "I wish I could fly."
What is your favorite pre-game meal? "Baked chicken"
Which jersey do you like best, black or white? "Black"
What are your expectations for yourself this season? "First of all, I want to stay healthy. I want to be able to finish the season out with the rest of my team. I also want to continue to make plays."
What do you plan on doing after graduation? "Enter the real world"
What made you pursue a degree in human resource management? "I sat down and looked through the majors that I was interested in. That's the one I wanted."
What is your favorite Southern Miss cheer? "The Fight Song"
What are your thoughts about the Southeastern Louisiana game? "It was a nice win and a nice game for the defense. I think we tried to come out and make a statement and we tried to reach every defensive goal."
How are you feeling about the preparations for the upcoming game against N.C. State? "They're going pretty good. We already know that it's going to be a physical ball game. This week has been physical because that's what we're expecting."
You are expected to step up this season and make a big contribution. How are you striving to do that? "I just come out here and practice hard and prepare hard with film. It's more mental than anything. I just need to know that I have to step up and that my teammates are counting on me."
What made you want to attend Southern Miss? "The defense and the tradition that comes with it. The Southern Miss defense is what made up my mind."
Besides winning, what's most rewarding about being a college football player? "Having a million people watch you on television every Saturday. Not everybody gets to have that. A lot of people don't get to come to this level."
Which stadium do you most like to travel to? "I have to say Nebraska. It was pretty loud and really nice. The fans were nice and it was a great college atmosphere."
What is your favorite Southern Miss cheer? "Nasty bunch, nasty bunch, nasty bunch!"
What is your mission out on the field? "My mission on the field is to do my job, help my defense and help my team. If that means me not being in on a play, I'm fine with that. As long as the defense is doing well and we're winning, that's all I care about. I want to be a part of a great defense."
What do you think is the greatest sports movie of all time? "I'm not a big movie fanatic but I would have to say 'Remember the Titans'."
How would your teammates describe you? "I'm an outgoing person and I joke around with everybody. I joke around during practice no matter how serious the coaches try to make it. I'm a fun person to be around."