Nov. 13, 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 intern Katlin Odems on what you need to know about Southern Miss Football. This week will feature defensive lineman Ryan Watson, offensive lineman Wesley Housley and defensive back Michael McGee.
You transferred from USC. How was the transition to USM? "At first it was pretty difficult, but once I got used to it, it was nothing."
Do you feel more comfortable at USM since it's closer to home? "Yes, I feel really comfortable."
What is your favorite Southern Miss memory so far? "Training camp and hanging out with the guys"
What is the loudest stadium that you have been in? "Alabama"
Did the win on Sunday boost the team's confidence up for the Tulane game? "It helped, but I don't know if it completely boosted our confidence. It did help us."
What is Tulane's biggest offensive power and how is the defense preparing to stop it? "They like to throw the ball so we are going to have to work hard and get pressure on the quarterback".
Are there any players on the team you have tried to be a mentor to? "Mam Nyang"
Who is the biggest jokester on the team? "George Batiste"
Are there any coaches that you get a lot of advice from? "Coach Tate"
If you could "punk" any player on your team, who would it be? "Wesley Housley"
What are your thoughts on the season so far? "We have had our ups and downs and had a couple of close loses. Now it seems that we are overcoming it and getting better."
If the team wins out these last three games, will you guys be where you wanted to be at the end of the season? "We need a little help. We need East Carolina to lose in order for us to play for the championship. We would like to win these last three games just for our pride."
You have three excellent offensive linemen ahead of you in Robby D'Angelo, Travis Cooley and George Batiste. Do you learn a lot from those guys? "Yeah, I learn a lot from Travis Cooley. He teaches me a lot. I just started rooming with him recently, and I study with him overnight and he teaches me a lot of stuff that he knows. He is a five year veteran so he knows a lot."
Are there any coaches that you look up to and get advice from? "Coach Rod (Mitch Rodrigue) because he is a really tough coach, and he lets us know that with losses we are going to have failure. That's something you have to deal with and learn how to overcome."
If you could be interviewed by any player on the team who would it be? "Gerald McRath"
If you could "punk" any player on the team, who would it be? "Chris Clark"
Are there any other athletes in your family that you looked up to? "My uncle was a running back at Southern University (Baton Rouge), and I have a couple of cousins that play baseball. We have a pretty athletic family."
What made you choose Southern Miss? "The players. I felt at home when I came on my visit. It's close to home, which is only and hour and forty-five minutes. That was a big factor."
Are there any past Southern Miss players that you try to model yourself after? "Not really, I am trying to make my own name and live by my own morals. I think I make good decisions."
What are you listening to before the game to get your mind right. "Lil Boosie"
How are you adjusting to the college life? "It was hard at first, but it got better, especially when they told me they were taking my red shirt. I think that I'm getting better every game."
What is the biggest difference between college and high school football? "The speed. In high school, you could take some plays off, but in college you can't do that. You have to go hard every play."
Why Southern Miss? "I've wanted to come to Southern Miss since my sophomore year of high school. As soon as they offered me a scholarship, I took it."
You played a lot of running back in high school as well as defensive back. Since you are a DB here, do you prefer defense. Why? "In high school I was an offensive player, but in my heart I was a defensive man the whole time."
Who is the biggest prankster on the team that you have seen? "No one really plays any pranks."
Have you had any freshmen pranks done on you? "No"
What was your feeling playing in your first collegiate game? "I started with butterflies, but after that first kickoff, I started to feel more comfortable."
What do you miss about your high school? "I miss the whole team."
What do you do to get yourself prepared for the game? "I don't get hyped up or anything like that. I just keep to my self and try to go over in my mind what I am going to do in the game."