FSNextTV: Jacob Robson Interview

FSNextTV: Jacob Robson Interview

FSNextTV: Mississippi State sophomore outfielder Jacob Robson talks one-on-one with Gene's Page, October 8, 2013.

The MSU baseball team walking out onto the football field Saturday night during the MSU-LSU game and being introduced to the crowd, what was that like to you?
"Needless to say it was an amazing experience, a once in a lifetime experience for a guy like me. Hopefully, it will happen again next year when we have Bulldog Bash and we are out there again. It just goes to show you how much respect this school has for the other sports. Being at a football game there are a lot of football fans but everybody knew what we did. And I think it was a huge sign of respect toward us."

How did it make you feel inside?
"It definitely gave me chills. It was a great honor. I was reflecting on our season as the clips were playing on the jumbotron. I was going through the run we made and on a personal note everything that I did to contribute. I did everything that I could. And I was put in a lot of tough situations. But I felt like I did everything that I could. But overall, it was an amazing experience and one that I will take home with me and never forget."

The MSU coaches taught you a lot last fall and last spring. Then you went out this past summer and had a great summer. What are your thoughts about your summer?
"The summer was a time for me to go back to basics, relax and not worry too much about the season. I was going out there every day and getting into a rhythm, getting into a routine and seeing pitches; that was the biggest thing. There were a lot of good pitchers, a lot of good arms. I hit leadoff every day for my team. I know I got there late due to playing in Omaha but from the time I got there until the season was over I had the most at-bats on the team, which is my ultimate goal. My ultimate goal wasn't to hit .400 and a bunch of home runs but to see some pitches and prepare for the season. And it carries over to the fall. I'm not worried about crushing the ball every time I hit off a live pitcher in the fall. I'm just more interested in seeing pitches and staying within myself and maintaining my routine until the season starts. That is the most important thing. But I thought this summer was a good, overall experience."

My wife and I keep up with the summer stats of all of the players who play summer ball. In your league there was one team that including almost all elite type pitchers, SEC type pitchers. I can't remember who they are - you may know who I'm talking about - but you hit something like .400 against that team. That was very impressive. How did you approach that pitching staff?
"The team was called the Newport Gulls, which is one of the best teams in that league every year. I didn't think anymore of that pitching staff than I would have any other staff. I feel like I swung at the right pitches and had good at-bats. I didn't do anything different against those guys. And I'm not going to try to do anything different against the guys in the SEC. I'm just going to keep doing my thing, keep within myself and keep hitting line drives. That's what I did this summer. I think that is a key for me personally, keep going out there every day and stay within your routine. "

How do you think you have improved from last year to this fall?
"I think I have gotten a little more used to the environment. Coming out of high school I had played against a lot of elite players. I feel like the talent level (on the college level) wasn't incredibly overwhelming but the atmosphere was a lot different than I was used too. But I've been through it now and the coaches know that. They are confident (in me) and we are all on the same page that I am going to succeed in the spring. And that's what I'm hoping to do."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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