Oct. 29, 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.
What are your thoughts on the season so far? "The team has been playing well, but we have to keep improving."
Why Southern Miss? "It was a blessing for God for me to come here."
What do you think you need to improve on to get better and help your team get better? "Keep working hard and get better at recognizing formations and get quicker on making calls."
If you could play any other position beside linebacker, what would it be? "I wouldn't want to play anything other than linebacker."
What is your favorite Southern Miss Cheer? "To the Top"
Do you ever get home sick? "Yes"
If you could be interviewed by any ESPN analysis, who would it be and why? "I would want it to be Stephen A. Smith because I like his attitude."
Do you have any superstitions? "No not really; I might need some."
What is in your CD player now? "E-40; I have to represent for the Bay area."
What are your thoughts on the season so far? "We're pretty average right now, and we could be better. Like Coach Bower says, it's just that one play that keeps us from being great. If we can eliminate most of our mistakes on the field, we would be a better team than we are now."
What do you think the team needs to improve on the most this week in practice? "By watching them, their quarterback is throwing for a lot of yards, and we have been giving up big passes the last couple of games. I figure we can run our blitz better and get more pressure on the quarterback and everybody working as one to get the stop."
What are your expectations on the rest of the season? "I'm not going to get a big head, but if we play well and eliminate our mistakes we should be at a great point at the end of the season."
What would you like to do with a degree in recreation? "They shut down the swimming pool in my neighborhood when I was younger, so I would like to open up a pool and maybe a gym so there will be somewhere to shoot ball when at night or when it's raining."
Coaches say that you have unlimited potential and you are a great pass rusher, how does that make you feel? "I agree but I don't think I have reached my full potential. I think there is a lot more I could do to become better."
If you could play any other position what would it be and why? "I would play anything the team needed me to play. If I had to pick a position, it would be linebacker because that is what I came here as."?
Who do you think has had the loudest stadium that you have played in while at Southern Miss? "Well, I didn't play in the game, but I would say Nebraska. In a game that I played in, it would have to be Alabama."
Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? "I don't do anything specific besides listening to a little music to calm my mind and get ready."
When you think of Southern Miss football, what comes to mind? "Defense, because Southern Miss defense is known all around the world. The Nasty Bunch is what I think of."
How did it feel making your collegiate debut at Virginia Tech? "I was nervous. Virginia Tech is a good team, and I couldn't really do anything my first game. Overall, it was a good experience for me."
Why Southern Miss? "Out of the options that I had, I felt Southern Miss had the best program."
How are you adjusting to college life? "It's going pretty good. I really didn't know anybody at first. I'm nine hours away from home, so once I got into my first month, it was straight."
If you were not playing football, what other sport would you like to play? "I would be playing Basketball."
What in your mind is the biggest difference between high school and college football? "The speed and how physical it is. You have to be prepared mentally to play."
If you could have any superpower what would it be? "I would want to be strong and fast."
What is your favorite sports movie? "Friday Night Lights"
Who do you look up to the most on the team? "George Batiste"
What is the best thing about being a running back and what is the worst thing. "The best thing is being able to make plays and the worst thing is taking all the punishment and getting hit every play."
What is in the CD player or I-pod before the game? "Pastor Troy"