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Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Kregg Lumpkin

Kregg Lumpkin, who stayed instate to play for Georgia, loves to bowl. Despite owning three balls, his game remains inconsistent.

TYLER TJOMSLAND | Times

Kregg Lumpkin, who stayed instate to play for Georgia, loves to bowl. Despite owning three balls, his game remains inconsistent.

I understand you were one of the best players in the nation when you were in high school near Atlanta. Tell us your greatest memory from those days?

I just remember going out and having so much fun. I remember hearing the band and there being certain songs that just got you really crunk.

What was the atmosphere like when you had a big rivalry game?

It's pretty big. You have almost everybody in the school come out to watch. It was definitely loud. It was really, really fun.

When you decided to go to the University of Georgia, was that a pretty big deal around there?

I was kind of considering family and being close to home, so I chose Georgia. And things worked out because I'm here.

There must have been a lot of pressure to go to Georgia, right?

Yeah. And they consider that Tailback U. When I first got there, Musa Smith was leaving, but we had Tony Milton, Michael Cooper, Tyson Browning, then I came in. We (later) got Danny Ware, Thomas Brown and Knowshon Moreno. It was kind of running back by committee. If you kept producing, you stayed on the field. If you weren't, then you didn't play.

I know a little about Georgia fans, so is there a more enthusiastic fan base out there? I wanted to say crazy, but I'm being nice.

They're not crazy. I think they're awesome. Every game, we did the Dawg Walk before the game, and that was unbelievable.

So here are our weekly questions. What's playing the most on your iPod right now?

Actually, it would be a lot of gospel music. I'm an old-school Baptist type, so I listen to LeShaun Pace, John P. Kee. That ol' Southern singing kind of gets me going and helps me stay motivated. I thank God for allowing me to be here in this situation right now.

Is that where you get inspiration from?

All the time. I just think about how many people would love to be in this situation where I'm at right now. I've had to come through a lot of things to get here.

You overcame a lot of injuries in college, right?

Oh, yes. I got labeled an injury guy. That really hurt me. I was out there in the battle fighting, and I got hurt. So that makes you injury-prone?

Okay, so what website do you visit most?

I'm on Yahoo Sports a lot. One of my buddies from high school has a website called exitsports.com. It's a site where you can get sports updates, scores and things like that.

I'm going to leave that alone, but there sounds like there's a story there.

Oh, there's definitely a story there.

Moving on, what reality show do you watch the most?

Basketball Wives, The T.O. Show, Real World: San Diego. Those are the main ones.

What do you do when you're not at One Buc Place?

My hobby is bowling. I love bowling.

You and Earnest Graham.

Yes. And last year when Cadillac (Williams) was here, he, me and Earnest would go all the time. When I was little, I started going with my dad and my brother. I was like 10. We were always competitive with each other. That's one thing I always do when I go back to Atlanta.

How serious of a bowler are you?

I have three bowling balls, a pair of shoes, my gloves, a bag. When I'm out there though, I'm so inconsistent. I might have a 220 (game) and then drop down to 140. Then I can never get back there in the (later) games.

What's with your game? Are you working on this?

I'm working on it. But I can never hit the same spot. I'll blame it on the ball, try to change my steps, and I just lose my mind.

How competitive does it get with you and your family?

Very. It's me, my dad and my brother. Then down here, it's me, Earnest Graham, Myron Lewis, Elbert Mack. Dekoda (Watson) says he can bowl. George Johnson says he can bowl. But I haven't seen them yet.

Who's the best bowler on the team? You?

I would love to say me, but I'm so inconsistent. I would say Myron Lewis.

What's your highest game ever?

I had a 256 when I was in Green Bay. I used to go with Greg Jennings, James Jones and Brett Swain. Greg Jennings and James Jones are really good. They can bowl like 280. I can't keep up.

. Biography

Kregg Lumpkin

Position: Running backAge: 27

Hometown: Lithonia, Ga.Height/weight: 5-11; 228

College: Georgia; rushed for 1,656 yards and 15 touchdowns during his career; led Bulldogs with 798 yards as a junior; scored winning touchdown in overtime of the January 2004 Capital One Bowl as a freshman.

Pro: Joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2008; appeared in two games as a rookie (one carry, 19 yards); spent 2009 on their practice squad; claimed off waivers by the Bucs on Sept. 5, 2010; appeared in 11 games last season (one carry, no yards); has two carries for 7 yards this season.

Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Kregg Lumpkin 10/14/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 15, 2011 3:47pm]

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