I spoke with Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack recently for a profile to appear in the coming weeks.
We talked about a variety of topics, the incoming freshmen among them.
Fourteen of the freshmen enrolled for the first summer term last week. Among them were some of the more highly rated players in the class like Robert Nkemdiche, Laquon Treadwell and Laremy Tunsil.
South Panola safety Antonio Conner was not included in the initial wave.
The secondary was the first place Wommack mentioned as one that he’ll need help from the newcomers.
I asked him how many freshmen he thought would find a spot on the two-deep roster.
He began with a laugh and followed with, “It’s hard for me to predict that. Until you get here and know how quick they can learn. It’s one thing to learn it on the board, but it’s another thing to respond to it instantaneously. Some of them will have a quicker thought process than the other ones will. Certainly I hope there are two or three guys that are able to help us, because we do need help in our two deep still. We’ll see how that comes out. That’s a hard thing to predict.”
Stopping short of predicting names, Wommack did give two spots he’s hoping to find guys who quickly acclimate to the next level of football: “Corner is a position and defensive end is a position.”
The status of Nick Brassell remains unclear at this time. If he’s in the mix cornerback looks a whole lot different with a rotation of three solid players. There’s a depth issue to watch there even if Brassell does make the grades.
Conner is a guy they really like for the Husky position to line up near the line, help in run support and make some big hits.