FAST FIVE: Senior tailback Kendial Lawrence

Friday, September 7, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

What is your favorite thing to do in Columbia?

I like to go fish. I like to go fish with the guys on the team. That's just a way to build chemistry with the team. Also, I like to shop and just hang out with my teammates.

Who are the best fishermen on the team?

Well first I would have to say myself, 'cause I fish a lot. I know Will Ebner is a good fisher, he fishes a lot. Elvis (Fisher) is a good fisher, he fishes a lot. I mean, a lot of the offensive lineman, we all fish together. There's a lot of good fishermen on the team.

Is there something about you that not a lot of people know?

I guess you could say that I'm a little shy. Unless I get to know you, I'm not too talkative. And I'm just a big family person. I love my family. I love hanging out with my family. I'm from Rockwall, Texas, so I just love to hang out with them any chance I get because they are so far away.

What is the mood of the team heading into the first conference game?

These guys are really excited. We've all been working our butts off. Busting our butts each and every day in the weight room, on the field, during conditioning. We've all put in the work and we're pretty excited to see how it pays off.

Do you feel like a better player than you were last year?

I do. There came a time in the summer where I had to sit myself down and make a plan on what I wanted to do, and what I needed to do. All the little little things. I feel pretty comfortable because I put a lot of time into this and I've been working really hard. So I'm eager to see if it's going to pay off or not.

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