It’s been a star-crossed season for LSU senior fullback J.C. Copeland, a rising star of the LSU offense before he missed the Ole Miss and Furman games with a concussion followed by an infamous fumble on the goal line at Alabama. Copeland hasn’t carried the ball since then but remained optimistic he will be a factor in his final career game Wednesday against Iowa in the Outback Bowl:
Looking back at the entirety of your LSU career, do wish things would have turned out differently?
God doesn’t put any thing on my plate that’s too big or too small for me. Everything happens for a reason, and to this point everything has been good. I wouldn’t change a thing.
How do you feel physically after what has been a lengthy recovery from your concussion?
I feel good. I got hurt, and other players stepped up. That’s one of the things you’ve got to deal with as a player. Someone else has to step up and play. I couldn’t expect to come right back in and play. At the end of the day I’m leaving (after this game), and it’s better for (players like 2014 returning fullback Connor Neighbors) to get game experience.
The story of you going to live with your high school coach, Bubba Jeter, and his family has been well-documented, and that you consider them your family as well. Are any of them going to be able to attend the game on Wednesday?
My mom will be here. The others have to work. I understand. I’ll be home (in Georgia) Thursday.
How much have you replayed the fumble against Alabama since them?
I only dwelled on it for a couple of weeks. I understand that a lot of great players mess up. What matters is what you do after. I’ve come in and tried to work on my ball-handling skills and get better every day. I’m motivated to win my last game as a Tiger, whether I’m blocking or running it in it doesn’t matter to me. To me, it’s pride. You don’t want to leave LSU with a loss.