Football player-turned baseball player-turned football player Mark Hogan was kind enough to grant me a few minutes on Friday to talk about his role as “Stinger” in the Georgia State’s 4-2-5 new defense, the team’s mindset and which freshmen are performing well during the offseason workouts.
I’l have another Q&A coming out on Wednesday with Michael Davis on Wednesday. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @ajcgsu
I hope you enjoy it.
Q: How much weight did you lose for baseball and how much do you weigh now?
A: I lost some weight. I got lean for baseball. I ended up down around probably 194, 195 pounds.
Now, I’m up to 214. I was roughly 205 (during last football season).
With my position change to Stinger in our defense from wolf, and with overall changes in our defense, I’ll be in the box a lot more. The added weight was completely was necessary.
I knew going into baseball I would probably slim down naturally.
Once the baseball season was over my main objective was putting on good weight and getting stronger. I think I’ve done that.
Q: How much stronger are you?
Q: What are you benching, what are your measurable?
A: Roughly, 350.
Q: Five more pounds and you’ll match me. (That’s a joke, folks)
A: Stinger is more of in the box. We’re pretty much on the head, outside shoulder of the guard, playing the run first.
My pass responsibilities are similar. Overall, I’m just going to be able to play the run a lot better this fall.
Q: How are the guys taking to the new defense?
A: I think people really like the concept of what we were doing this spring when we made the switch. You can see people starting to get comfortable and playing as a unit.
Some of the spots are similar. A lot of the learning process wasn’t too difficult because we are using the same terminology. The guys have responded well.
Q: Have you been participating in the 7 on 7s?
A: I have. Those are going pretty well. We do those after practice, after running. Pretty much everyone is there. We don’t have to scramble to get people together. We usually go right into the 7 on 7s.
Q: Any young guys on defense catching your eye?
A: It’s hard to say because we haven’t seen the guys in pads and that’s true football. Anything else and it’s kind of like ballet in shorts really.
Q: Who is catching your eye in the weight room?
A: There are some freshmen defensive linemen that are impressing in the weight room. Speaking of freshmen in the 7 on 7s, some of the receivers have looked quick.
But it’s hard to say. There’a huge learning adjustment that goes into playing in college. It’s completely different once you get into the gym.
You never know but hopefully some of those guys can contribute for us.
Q: Have you given any advice to the freshmen?
A: It’s not so much you don’t know what to expect. You know what to expect but you don’t realize how hard it is. That would be advice for them.
Q: What is the biggest difference in these offseason workouts and previous years?
A: It’s just a lot more organized as far as our goals. There is a lot of thinking in the workout plan. It’s just more focused.
Q: What are the goals?
A: Goals are to compete and win every football game.
Q: Coach Pollard had talked about participation in the offseason workout program being much better than in the previous year. Is that because it’s just another year of y’all being together or are the seniors pushing everyone to come out?
A: It’s just a realization that’s what it takes to win football games. If you don’t do that you are shorting yourself. People are realizing that.