Video: Taveze Calhoun

Mississippi State senior cornerback Taveze Calhoun comments on his final few college practices. Calhoun also talks about his trip to New York last week as a Campbell Trophy finalist and what his plans are for the future.

On his experience in New York City…
“It was amazing. It was probably one of the greatest experiences in my life thus far. I really enjoyed it a lot.”

On his achievements throughout his Mississippi State career
“I always look back to where I came from and not being highly recruited. Being a three-year starter and having unbelievable opportunities, it’s crazy. God has been real good to me. I’m just humbled and blessed to be in the position I am today.”

On going through his last set of bowl practices…
“It became kind of routine to me. It’s starting to hit me, being my last one. It’s bittersweet, but I have no regrets for my time here at Mississippi State.”

On how bowl practices compare to preparing for an SEC game…
“Bowl practices are a little looser. It’s mainly trying to get your technique right and getting stuff corrected. It’s also getting the younger guys a head start in the playbook and trying to get them ready for the spring and next year. It’s laid-back for me. I normally do a lot of individual drills working on technique.”

On being out of practice for 10 days…
“It was hard. I know I ate too much. I was really tired today. I believe in giving the body time to rest. I think those days off helped us a lot and we’re ready to get back out there and compete again.”

On using bowl practice to help younger guys…
“I just try to give them little tips. They are all talented and can play, but since I’ve been playing here a while, I know a lot of small tips about the game that they probably don’t know. I’m just trying to help them out any way I can. I try to answer any question they have. If I don’t have an answer to it, I try to figure it out.”

On what he remembers most about his trip to New York City…
“I think every day was amazing. At first, I was amazed at the buildings. The best part was meeting all of the famous people. I met Jerry Jones and Condoleezza Rice. It would be hard to name all of them. Just being in the same room, mingling with them and trying to pick their brains was so cool to me.”

On the best piece of advice from the NYC trip…
“The best piece of advice was to just continue what I’ve been doing. I talked to Archie Manning, and he told me I am on the right path. He told me not to get overwhelmed with everything and continue to work hard. It’s small, but it meant a lot coming from him.”

On his future goals…
“I would like to play in the NFL. I really want to finish my (master’s) degree and maybe go back to school and get another degree. I’m just trying to use all of my resources to the best of my ability. I don’t want to take any shortcuts. I want to get as much education as I can so I can be better prepared for when football ends.”

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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