Captain Q & A with Football's Michael Bumpus and Greg Trent

Aug. 28, 2007

Senior receiver Michael Bumpus and junior linebacker Greg Trent dish out information on what it's like to be a captain, among other things. Senior quarterback Alex Brink and senior defensive back Husain Abdullah, the other two captains, will be featured later this season.

How has the leadership role of team captain made this season different for you?
Bumpus: It has placed a lot more responsibility on me. When you aren't a captain, you can fly under the radar. As a captain you are asked to set an example for a lot of guys.
Trent: For me there isn't much difference; you're still playing football.

How do you bounce back from a bad play and focus on the next one?
Bumpus: I try not to look at the replay first of all. It is hard to hold on to a play. I just clap my hands a few times and then get back in the huddle ready to go again.
Trent: You have to forget about the bad play. It's gone and you can't get it back so you keep going.

What do you eat for breakfast on game days?
Bumpus: I eat a lot of fruit, V8 tomato juice. I don't really have an appetite in the mornings so I just stick to the fruit.
Trent: I don't do anything special. If it's a morning game, I eat light. I'm not very picky.

Why did you choose WSU?
Bumpus: Originally I had committed to the University of Southern California but things fell out and WSU was my Plan B. I knew a few guys up here, I really enjoyed my trip and here I am.
Trent: Both the academic program and athletic program were really good. I had heard about some of the coaches and when I visited, I liked it.

What has been your most memorable moment during WSU football up to this point?
Bumpus: I would have to say winning the Apple Cup in Seattle. Rushing out on the field and stomping their 'W' out has really stuck with me.
Trent: The people here have been really amazing. It's a very friendly environment and everyone I've met has been great.

What words of advice would you give to any up and coming player who wants to play Division I football?
Bumpus: It isn't easy. You go from being the best guy on the field in high school to being one of the best on the field and everyone can play. If you can just come in prepared and heavier, stronger and more mentally focused than you were in high school, you should be fine.
Trent: It's the same for everybody else out there. Work hard and stay focused.

Describe what it is like to be out on the field with 10 of your teammates in front of thousands of people.
Bumpus: It's a great feeling. Not a lot of people get to do what we do and I'm sure a lot of people want to. Especially in Martin Stadium, you hear 'Go Cougs' and it pumps me and my teammates up.
Trent: It's just like high school. You block out all the noise and you and your teammates are focusing on one thing and that is playing football.

What will be the focus with a few days left before the season opener at Wisconsin?
Bumpus: We will be fine tuning things and looking at what our opponent does. We have perfected what we do and now we are going to try to do what we do against what they do.

What do the fans have to look forward to with this season of Cougar football?
Trent: Every year we fly around the ball and every year we give it all we've got. We try our hardest and that makes it exciting to watch.

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