MSU Media Day: John Hevesy

Mississippi State assistant coach John Hevesy breaks down the offensive line and how players from the past have helped mold the group he has this year.

On Jamaal Clayborn…

“He’s done a great job taking a leadership role. Last year, mid-season, I told him that he was the third center. He hasn’t really taken many snaps at it, but they always practice that pre-game. He knew that when Dillon (Day) left that he was going to be the guy. He’s done a great job embracing that through the offseason. He did a great job leading the other guys and being that guy. So far we’ve had four days of camp and he’s done a great job. He still has a lot to learn to be who that guy is for me, being a center for me. He’s embraced it and taken it in stride. “

On Rufus Warren…

“The one thing with Rufus is he’s played, but being a tight end has a lot of the same credentials that go into it. So the one thing that he has is that he’s been around the program for five years and heard the same things. He’s a great program guy, so he’s always heard it, always known it and is now stepping into the role of being a full-time guy. As a tight end he had been an in and out guy, probably 10-15 plays a game especially as a special teams guy. He’s done a great job with special teams, but now he’s taking the role of being a 70-play a game guy. Through the spring he’s learned now that it’s every play, not sometimes here or sometimes there I might play here and there. It’s every play. It’s every detail. It’s every little thing he has to become great at.”

More on Rufus Warren …

“As his career went on, every year I kind of saw him gaining more weight I told him to come with me as he went from a 230 to a 240 to a 250 to a 260. I told him about three years ago if he keeps eating he’ll end up in my room and he was like ‘No, I’m not.’ He kept gaining weight and he got in my room, that’s about it. But, again, he’s a big kid that finished growing when he got here. He was underdeveloped when he got here as a recruit, but when he got here he grew into his body which for him is naturally a 300-pound guy.”

On line versatility …

“With Blaine (Clausell) leaving he (Rufus Warren) went in there. Justin Senior will play both and he can do both. Damien Robinson can do both. Really all my tackles can do both. Rufus is going to left. I want to see if he can handle left just in terms of he’s a right-handed guy. Again he’s doing a really great job, so it’s something where I didn’t need to move him. But, if something comes up, they are always ready to move. If something happens, Justin would go to left, Damien would go over to right and (Justin) Malone can play both. It’s never the same situation at guard. Justin Malone has played left, but two years ago he started the Oklahoma State at right. They both can play, so it’s a matter of a few things here and there. Three new guys are in there, so you have to be ready to adapt and find for me the best combination of who’s going to be where. “

On following up last year…

“Last year is last year. Whatever happened last year is for those guys and this year is for these kids. You look at who the guys were on the team last year and it’s not just my guys. I told them the other day ‘We had success last year, and the reason why we had success is because of the kids that played here in the past, not just last year.’ It goes back to when Derek (Sherrod) was here. Success came off of not who is here, but who has been here. The kids that are here have to learn from the kids that have been here in the past. That’s the biggest thing. The closest guys were Dillon (Day), Ben (Beckwith) and Blaine (Clausell). Before them there was Gabe (Jackson). But there are so many kids from Jameon Lewis to Bernardrick McKinney to Preston Smith. The young kids have to learn from the ones in the past and they have to build off of what the success was, but the bigger thing is to learn how they do things. How did they work, what did they do on a daily basis to prepare for a game and to prepare for practice. We talk a lot about what to do, how to do it and why to do it. The biggest thing for them is not just on the field but in everything from how to prepare for a game and how off the field they handle things. You have to learn off what those kids did. You turn back the film from last year for plays we are installing now. You watch how they do it. Look at Ben and see how he grew in five years here. Ben grew because he watched Gabe. Gabe grew because he watched Derek. They watched J.C. Brignone, Quinten Saulsberry and Tobias Smith. They watched how those kids practiced and how they prepared. The future is based on the past. You can learn from the past – good or bad. So it’s one thing these guys are doing, a lot of these kids were close to the last three that just left and our kids are always back here. Gabe was back this summer, and Derek was back some this summer. It’s always helpful for when those kids come back to teach them how to build on success of the guys now in the NFL. I want them to learn from older guys so they can build on both the good things they did and the bad things they did.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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