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October 12, 2012

Q+A - Sophomore DE Forrest Mason

Robert Morris is well stacked on the defensive line with senior starters and back-ups throughout. But the Colonials are also focused on the future. Part of that future is sophomore defensive end Forrest Mason, who has cracked the rotation after observing last year. Mason had a fumble recovery against St. Francis and he talked with ColonialsCorner about his role and his learning process.

Q: You're kind of buried in the depth chart right now behind two veteran guys, what do you think your role is?

A: I feel like I'm in a lot on third downs now, so I'm a third down player. I can spell Steve Mitchell and Farren Mason. Playing behind them, they've taught me a lot of things. I'm not ready for the field yet, I look up to them.

Q: You said you don't feel ready to see the field yet, what are some things you feel like you need to improve on to be ready to be on the field more?

A: I need to work more on my 3-tech. I'm more of a pass rusher that a run stopper.

Q: Is there something you feel you need to change to become better against the run?

A: Just technique, like coach (John Banaszak) said. Keeping my hands inside the lineman and getting in the weight room a lot more.

Q: What's your go-to move as a pass rusher?

A: As a pass rusher, my go to move is to start them off with a speed rush to see where their head's at and if he starts kicking outside too fast I'll hit them with my spin move inside

Q: Where are you from and why did you choose RMU?

A: I'm from Maryland. I had a few offers out of high school but nothing panned out like I wanted it to, then I went to Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, and then Robert Morris offered me so I committed.

Q: Was there something about the coaching staff that attracted you?

A: Yeah, John Banaszak. He was our D-line coach when I first came in here and he really had me feeling like this is the place I want to go. It's more like a home, we're like a big family, and (Scott) Benzel and (Scott) Farison. (Benzel's) not with us right now, but when I came up on my visit they were all pretty cool and I liked the coaching staff a lot.

Q: You think next year you'll be ready to be in that starting rotation?

A: Oh of course, yes sir.

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