He's already spent a summer month on campus, getting a head-start on the
fall. Still Dio Herrera says there is plenty of uncertainty about this first
preseason at Mississippi State.<P>
"There's some nervousness," the Bulldog freshman admitted as he officially
checked in at the Shira Complex. "But I'm glad it's finally here. It's all
going to start now."
‘All' being the annual August ritual of preseason football. Herrera was
among the 17 freshmen reporting for Coach Sylvester Croom's first fall camp
with State. He is also among the many Bulldog rookies who were already on
the MSU campus, having attended during the second summer semester. He could
have been at home in Hollywood, Fla., taking things easy, having a few final
months with his high school friends, eating home cooking.
Instead Dio Herrera chose to sweat out this July in Starkville, getting
ready "both physically and mentally" for college football and college life. It
was the right call, he says.
"Oh, I'm glad I did it. It was the best thing I could have done. I just got
to know the team and got to feeling kind of family-wise. It's going to make
easier during two-a-days, instead of just showing up."