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Getting to Know Your Golden Eagles

Oct. 20, 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 and media relations intern Katlin Odems on what you need to know about Southern Miss Football. This week will feature wide receiver Anthony Perine, defensive back Ladarius Webb and defensive lineman Sean Merrill.

Anthony Perine

What are your thoughts on the season so far? "It's going pretty good. We've got a couple of losses but we think we've played pretty well."

How are you preparing for the Virginia Tech game? "I'm doing what I'm doing right now, staying late after practice and catching a few extra balls. I try to watch a little more film."

What is the funniest thing that an opponent has said to you during a game in order to psyche you out? "It hasn't been too much funny stuff. It's mostly trash talking. You just have to let it go."

What do you think you need to improve on in order to help your team? "I need to try to lead more by example. It's my senior year and I'm trying to step it up. I want to show some of the younger guys how to do it."

Do you have any superstitions? "No, I don't have any superstitions."

Who in your mind is the jokester on the team? "The jokester on the team is Damion Carter."

What stadium has been the loudest you have played in since you started your career at Southern Miss? "Nebraska"

If you could be drafted into the NFL tomorrow, what team would you want to go to and why? "The Cowboys because they have been team since I was growing up."

What will be your most missed memory about Southern Miss? "The family atmosphere because I've had a lot of fun with these guys on the team."

What does it mean to you to be a Golden Eagle? "It means that you take pride in everything that you do and you work hard."

What is in your CD player right now? "Lil' Wayne"

Ladarius Webb

What are your thoughts on the season so far? "I think we're having a great season. There are a lot of people standing out and we've got a lot of teamwork. The seniors are showing a lot of leadership this year. They're stepping up and taking control of the team."

The coaches have said that you're a hard hitter and have very good instincts and that you remind them of former Golden Eagle Etric Pruitt. What are your thoughts on that and what makes you such a hard hitter? "I'm so small so I put everything I have into it. That's nice that they compare me to Etric but I try to go out there and be the best I can be. I go out there and try to play at my best in order to help my team."

If you could play any other sport besides football what would it be and why? "It would be basketball because I love it."

Do you have any pre-game rituals? "No, I just listen to my headphones."

What were your thoughts when you dropped the interception at the beginning of the third quarter against Houston? "I thought that was my only chance and I've been waiting for it the whole season. It hit me and it was just what I'd been asking for. I can't drop another one; it hurt me bad."

You had a birthday last Thursday. Did the win on Saturday cap off that celebration? "Yes, it really did. I had a great game and it really made it better."

What are your feelings going into the Virginia Tech game on Saturday? "We've got to show the world that we can beat more than one ACC team. We can do it and we're supposed to be undefeated now. We need to show them that this team can compete with anybody."

What is in your CD player now? "Lil' Wayne"

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? "I want to be The Flash. I would love to be super, super, super fast."

Do you have any gameday superstitions? "Not really. I just pray to God that we make it through the game with no injuries and that we have a successful season."

What is your favorite Southern Miss cheer? "To the Top"

Sean Merrill

What are your thoughts on the season so far? "I think we've done real well. We have two losses that we wish we could get back but we've progressed well. We're working hard out here and just trying to get better."

Why Southern Miss? "It's close to home and I've always kept up with Southern Miss football. My brother and my step father graduated from here so I've always been a fan. It wasn't a hard decision for me."

What do you think you need to improve to get better and help the team? "Right now I just need to concentrate on staying out on the field and getting rid of these nit-picky injuries. I've got to play hard and come out and practice hard. You practice like you play."

If you could model yourself after any of the coaches, who would it be and why? "I would definitely say Coach Hopson. He brings a lot of intensity to the game and you can tell that he really loves it. You have to love football to stay with it because it's a tough sport. It's physical and it's mentally stressful. They spend a lot of hours here and he really brings that passion to the team."

If you could play any other position, what would it be? "I would probably want to play running back or something like that. Something where you can get the ball and make some big plays. I wasn't built for that though."

What is your favorite Southern Miss cheer? "I like it when we get a first down and everyone says 'To the Top.'"

Do you ever get home sick? "Playing football, we don't get to go home a lot. Sometimes you want to go home really bad but I don't think that's being home sick. I've got a lot of friends up here so it feels like I'm home."

If you could be interviewed by any ESPN personality, who would it be? "It would have to be Dan Marino because I grew up being a huge fan of his. It would be cool to meet someone of Hall of Fame status like that."

Do you have any superstitions? "No, I'm not superstitious at all."

What is in your CD player? "Shinedown"

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