The quickness advantage

Underestimating the Rebels’ freshman defensive tackle because of his size would be a Gross mistake.

I admit that when former South Panola star Issac Gross started getting snaps with the first team in camp, I was somewhat skeptical. I understand that quickness can be an advantage, but would it be enough advantage to consistently off-set the size and strength edge that so many of Gross’ league brethren would have against him?

The early results say yes.

Gross’ 18 tackles lead the Rebels’ interior defensive linemen. He also leads his position group with four tackles for loss, tying for third on the team.

Gross didn’t just rack up a lot of numbers early in non-conference games. He had six tackles against Alabama, four against Texas A&M. Auburn held Gross to one stop, but for the first time he began to draw double teams, a compliment to a defensive lineman.

He talks about the double teams and more about his freshman season — and his quickness advantage — here. Gross anatomy

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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