As Mississippi State players filtered out of the Holliman Athletic Center this evening following meetings, I caught up with several of them to talk about several things, including preseason camp. The first practice is Thursday at 6 p.m.
I gathered a lot of good material to share with you over the next few days, including a story tomorrow featuring Jameon Lewis, Blaine Clausell and Addison Lawrence. I also chatted with Chad Bumphis, LaDarius Perkins and Chris Relf. I got some video of Lewis that I’ll post Tuesday morning.
Anyway, I’ll give you a few highlights from today’s interviews, and I’ll have more on the blog tomorrow morning.
• Lewis, a redshirt freshman WR, on his role this season: “Coach (Dan) Mullen has told me a variety of things, like kick returns, punt returns, and maybe a little wildcat. Whatever he’s got planned I’m just ready to take a role and try to do it to perfection.”
• Relf, the senior QB, assessing his summer work: “I think the summer overall was pretty good. Did a lot of hard work. I think we’re ready to get into two-a-days and learn more the mental part of football.”
• Perkins said he’s up to 192 or 193 pounds; he’s listed at 185. He figures to drop a few pounds during camp and will try to stay around 190. He’s always been pretty chiseled, but the 5-foot-10 sophomore tailback looks even more so.
I asked him about his role in the passing game (last season he had 219 receiving yards over the final two games).
“We’ve been working on a lot of passes, but only time will tell. When we go into camp, we’ll be able to see things then.”
• Clausell, a redshirt freshman who’s battling senior James Carmon for the starting left tackle spot, said he’s up to 298 pounds. He came to State at 270.
As for the competition with Carmon, he said, “Nobody really has an edge right now. Both of us are just doing everything we have to do to get that spot. That’s a big, heated competition right now.”
• Bumphis, a junior receiver, has expressed his affection for strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis in an unusual way: By changing his Twitter handle to @ImSo_BalisMade1.
“He’s one of those people, either you love him or you hate him,” Bumphis said. “But I love him because he’s never going to change; he’s the same way every day.”