Every player has his own perspective about preseason football camp, which for Mississippi State begins in earnest at 6 p.m. Thursday with the first practice. In today's Journal I wrote about some redshirt freshmen who are excited about camp because they know an opportunity to play is finally here.
There's receiver Jameon Lewis, whose speed and shiftiness should earn him some field time this fall.
"I feel like I have a point to prove because I haven't played, been in action ever since high school, the state championship game," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and try to do what I do, train extra hard, just try to have a good year."
Tailback LaDarius Perkins, a third-year sophomore, is coming off a strong 2010. He now has experience and knows better what to expect, and he's trying to expand his role.
"I'm just approaching it with trying to be more of a leader now, because I know the offense more," Perkins said. "Trying to help out the young guys, like Derek Milton and Nick Griffin."
Other Bulldogs have been through the August wringer several times and have gained a broader perspective on what's to come and what they expect of themselves. Offensive lineman Addison Lawrence said he wants to enjoy his senior season more than he has past seasons, and quarterback Chris Relf talked about his ownership of the offense.
"I know it's my offense," Relf said, "I've just got to go out there and push the guys every day and get ready to play."
• Want to hear more from Lewis? I've got video.
• Looking ahead, I'll have more from my conversations with players in the coming days, and later today I'll post Reason No. 2 in my ongoing series looking at how MSU can equal or better last year's success.