July 16, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - As the regular season draws closer, Southern Miss Athletics will present a weekly question and answer session with a Golden Eagle football player.
In the series' second installment, we sit down with Golden Eagle fullback Bruce Johnson. The Alpharetta, Ga., native has been the starting fullback for the Golden Eagles for the previous two seasons and is a team favorite in the huddle and locker room. Against UCF last season, Johnson caught his first career touchdown on a one-yard swing pass to give the Golden Eagles a 7-3 lead. He also added 29 yards on the ground against Rice which pushed the Golden Eagles over the school's all-time record for offensive yardage in a game.
What have you learned from Coach Ellis Johnson so far?
With a whole new coaching staff, Coach Johnson brought in a lot of discipline. I felt that there is now a lot more structure in some aspects, and even building more mental toughness.
What has been one of the highlights of your football career?
Mostly winning the conference championship last year, going on the road to Hawai'i with the team and having great winning seasons the past three years I have played here.
What made you decide to play football?
I always grew up a Southern Miss fan and I always wanted to be a Golden Eagle because we win here, and we have always had good coaches coming in and out of the program. It's got tradition and it's a great family to be a part of.
Whom do you look up to as a mentor?
Steve Barnes, who played back in 1988 as a linebacker, has been an example for me and he also taught me how to long snap. He also taught me a lot of the tradition of Southern Miss.
In your childhood, what were some of your fondest memories?
Probably my middle school years playing both baseball and football, and winning the state championship for baseball.
Who's your favorite football player?
When I think of greats and who has come out of Southern Miss, obviously Brett Favre is someone who made an impact from the 1980's and onward. I follow Gerald McRath from the Tennessee Titans also because he comes back in the summer and tries to push us and make us work hard throughout practice.
If you could tell fans one thing, what would it be?
We are going to have great home games this year with Louisville and Boise State. With a strong in-conference schedule, it's going to be exciting. We need to pack "The Rock" because it is going to be another good season.
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