Gene's Page caught up with Mississippi State senior-to-be tight end Aaron Lumpkin (6-4, 255) at halftime of the Mississippi State vs. Arkansas basketball game. Aaron talked about the new coaches and the role of the tight end under new offensive coordinator Morris Watts."/>

Gene's Page Talks with MSU TE Aaron Lumpkin

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/football/2003/lumpkinaaron.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="161"> Gene's Page caught up with Mississippi State senior-to-be tight end Aaron Lumpkin (6-4, 255) at halftime of the Mississippi State vs. Arkansas basketball game. Aaron talked about the new coaches and the role of the tight end under new offensive coordinator Morris Watts.

What are your thoughts about how the tight end will be used in the Morris Watts' offensive scheme.
"I think it is going to be used a lot more than it was in the past. I think he is going to use every position equally. You are going to see a lot more people play. We have a lot of stuff that we have to learn, but that is good."

Do you think he will attempt to use more two tight end sets than MSU did in the past?
"I think he will try to play two based on what he has done in the past. I know he did that at Michigan State and he did that a lot when he was at LSU."

How would you rate yourself as a run blocker?
"I think if I have a strength it is blocking because that is all that I have been called on to do since I've been here."

What about your hands? I know a couple of years ago you said you were trying to improve your hands.
"I'm still trying to work on my hands. I'm trying to get it to where I can catch everything. That is hard to do, but you have to practice perfection."

Your new position coach is Terry Lewis. Has he talked to you about next season?
"He has worked on our releases a lot. He has shown us our formations so that when we start spring practice we will know where we line up."

I've read on my message boards that you guys have been working out at 5:45 a.m. in the morning about two times a week. While that's really not new, are you doing anything differently when working out that early?
"That's nothing new. We've always worked hard in the off-season. We have new coaches and instead of just running, we do drills with our position coaches, which I think is better for us."

Since you guys have the five new coaches, what is the feeling among the players about the new coaches?
"We are anxious to see how it will go because it will be a new look, especially defensively. We are going to be a lot more basic than in the past. It is going to be a good change for the players that we have. We are anxious to see how it will work because we have to turn it around and we have to do it fast."

Now that Donald Lee is gone, what are you feelings knowing that the starting job is now, basically, yours?
"I don't think I put any more pressure on myself. I just continue to do the things that I have done in the past. If I continue to do that, I will be fine."

Thanks, Aaron.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher and owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial site for Mississippi State sports since October, 1996. He can be reached by email at swindoll@genespage.com

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