Q & A | Get to Know the Home Teams: Mississippi State

A.J. Jefferson #47 Photo by Kelly Price
A.J. Jefferson #47
Photo by Kelly Price

A.J. Jefferson, Defensive Line

What’s your pre-game song? “Codeine Crazy” by Future.

What’s your favorite Game Day tradition? The Dawg Walk

What’s your favorite comfort food? Spaghetti, but no meatballs, I don’t like meatballs.

What’s are you currently watching on Netflix? Orange is the New Black

What’s your favorite thing about the South? The Southern Hospitality

What is your earliest memory of football? Getting in a game during 8th grade, not knowing the play, but my team scored a touchdown, but it was called back because I was holding.

What is your favorite football memory at Mississippi State? Beating Auburn here in 2014 to become #1 in the nation

How do you handle pregame jitters? Listening to music

What do you do to relax after the game? Going out to eat with family or just hanging out with my teammates

What’s the last book you read? A textbook for class

Favorite thing about Starkville? Mississippi State University, duh.

If your first sport love wasn’t football, what other game would you play? Soccer, it was fun when I played in high school, I played goalie. When some little guy would dribble into the box I’d run up to them and they’d be scared so I’d get the ball. That was really fun.

Who is your biggest fan? My Mother, Melinda Jefferson.

What’s one thing about the football program that attracted you to State? The team and the people here, everyone is close, this is a family. The players really are a family. We’re all so close.

What’s your favorite spot on campus? The Union, you can see everyone in there, from the little freshman to all the upperclassmen, everyone goes to the union.

Favorite college course? I’d have to say Drivers Education

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever had to overcome? When my grandma passed away


11-21-15 FB vs. Arkansas Fred Ross #8 Photo by Mansel Guerry
Fred Ross #8
Photo by Mansel Guerry

Fred Ross, Wide Receiver

What’s your pre-game song? “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill

What’s your favorite Game Day tradition? The Dawg Walk

What’s your favorite comfort food? Pork chops

What’s are you currently watching on Netflix? Anything

What’s your favorite thing about the South? The food

What is your earliest memory of football? Playing Pop warner and my mom telling me if you play scared your going to get hurt.

What is your favorite football memory at Mississippi State? Beating auburn at home and becoming the number one team in the nation!!

How do you handle pregame jitters? Listen to slow music, R&B

What do you do to relax after the game? Usually eat a lot of food

What’s the last book you read? The Magic Treehouse collection

Favorite thing about Starkville? Definitely the fans

If your first sport love wasn’t football, what other game would you play? Basketball

Who is your biggest fan? My mom

What’s one thing about the football program that attracted you to State? The brotherhood, we treat each other like family.

What’s your favorite spot on campus? Moe’s

Favorite college course? Organization communications

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever had to overcome? Coming back from an injury


Brandon Holloway #10 Photo by Kelly Price
Brandon Holloway #10
Photo by Kelly Price

Brandon Holloway, Running Back

What’s your pre-game song? New Level” – ASAP Ferg

What’s your favorite Game Day tradition? Walking to the goal posts and saying a prayer

What’s your favorite comfort food? Fettuccini Alfredo

What’s are you currently watching on Netflix? Prison Break

What’s your favorite thing about the South? The southern hospitality

What is your earliest memory of football? First touchdown on a reverse for 80 yards

What is your favorite football memory at Mississippi State? My first kick return for a touchdown and celebrating with my team.

How do you handle pregame jitters? Pray and listen to music

What do you do to relax after the game? Hang out with my roommates and teammates

What’s the last book you read? Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength

Favorite thing about Starkville? Fans and support

If your first sport love wasn’t football, what other game would you play? Track and Field

Who is your biggest fan? My three nieces

What’s one thing about the football program that attracted you to State? The effort and hard work

What’s your favorite spot on campus? The Drill Field

Favorite college course? Lifespan theory

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever had to overcome? Staying positive when people told me I couldn’t play in the Southeastern Conference


Westin Graves #25 Photo by Jacob Follin
Westin Graves #25
Photo by Jacob Follin

Westin Graves, Punter

What’s your pre-game song? Whatever is hot at the time

What’s your favorite Game Day tradition? The Dawg Walk

What’s your favorite comfort food? Ice Cream, Cookies … I’ll take anything that is sweet

What’s are you currently watching on Netflix? I don’t really watch much Netflix, but I’m a big documentary guy. Anything political.

What’s your favorite thing about the South? Sweet Tea, Hunting, Fishing and Football

What is your earliest memory of football? Probably when I was like 10. I had always loved football and my Dad bought me a helmet. That was really cool.

What is your favorite football memory at Mississippi State? When we beat Auburn and became #1 in the nation

How do you handle pregame jitters? I pray about everything and I ask God for comfort.

What do you do to relax after the game? I just go sit on the couch and just stare at the ceiling for like an hour. I’m tired so I relax. Being a kicker, you’re just so uptight during the game so I just like to relax, and sit down after standing up for four hours.

What’s the last book you read? I don’t read much, and I’m trying to finish this one, but Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson

Favorite thing about Starkville? It’s a small town and you can get anywhere quick

If your first sport love wasn’t football, what other game would you play? Soccer, I grew up playing soccer, played it until I graduated high school so I love it.

Who is your biggest fan? My mom, and my whole family, but my mom is just up there.

What’s one thing about the football program that attracted you to State? I’ve always been a Mississippi State fan, my family came here and everything, so when it came down to it, State was my only thought.

What’s your favorite spot on campus? The Junction, with the Stadium right there, it’s just a cool area, a lot of memories from game days when I was younger

Favorite college course? Construction Materials, that was a fun one. It’s all tangible, real world stuff. It was really fun.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever had to overcome? Trying out here in 2013, and just trying to make a name for myself. Then trying to come back and fill Evan Sobiesk’s shoes after he left.


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