Where Mason McMillan will make an impact for Northeastern State remains to be seen. However, the former Tahlequah running back — the single-season rushing record holder with 1,241 yards — enters his collegiate career with a solid track record of performing whatever is asked of him. Currently, McMillan is training every day as NSU’s season inches closer. Perhaps by August, McMillan’s role will be better defined.
In high school, you battled some leg injuries. Are all those healed up and are you 100 percent now?
I’m feeling really strong right now. I did a lot of recovery stuff heading into track season for my hamstrings. It didn’t give me any problems the entire season, so that’s normally my test. If I can run fast out on the track, then I’m OK out here.
What do you have to do to pick up a spot at running back this year?
I have to give 110 percent, including in (weight lifting and training).
When you look back years from now, what is going to mean to you knowing that you’re Tahlequah’s all-time, single-season rushing record holder?
I’m going to be proud. I have to give all the credit to my O-line.
Do you intend on going to a lot of Tahlequah games this year?
Oh yeah. Since we play on Saturdays, every time that play, and we’re at home, I plan on going.
You going to be on the sidelines at Tahlequah’s games?
I’ll definitely be on the sidelines, especially to keep my little brother in line.
What is like being able to play with your little brother (Kourtland) last season?
It was great. A lot people were afraid to tell me if I was messing up, but he had no problems about it. So he would yell at me during a game, just about worse than the coaches would. But I really enjoyed it; it helped me a lot.
What is your favorite thing about Tahlequah?
Tahlequah has had a long run of rough seasons lately. But everyone still came out and supported and had faith that we could make an attempt every year. I wasn’t always at Tahlequah. I was at Muskogee in eighth grade, and even out at Keys in seventh grade. In Muskogee, when you’re winning, they’re loving you. But as soon as you lose, they don’t care anymore. But at Tahlequah, there were always people out here on Friday nights.
What is something people might not know about Mason McMillan?
I intend on major in political science this fall.
What do you hope to do with a political science degree?
Either be a political correspondent or a campaign manager.
What got you interested in that?
My grandma is on the committee for the republican party of this area, so I’ve always been around it and that’s what I’m going to get into.