Both Dehendret Collins and Quintavius Burdette and new to the cornerback position — Burdette more than Collins — and they will face one of the nation’s top receivers Thursday in Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews.
They are prepared to face Chris Boyd as well. Boyd had 50 catches for almost 800 yards and five touchdowns a year ago but at present is suspended from the team.
Collins played some corner last year but was moved fairly early in the season to Huskie to get more speed near the line of scrimmage.
Burdette says his confidence is high at his new position, that cornerback suits him better than safety because his assignment is clear. There’s much less playing in space at corner.
Burdette will start against Vanderbilt in place of Senquez Golson, who has been slower coming back from a hamstring injury than Charles Sawyer has been in coming back from two surgeries.
Sawyer’s rehab was something that was put on the calendar, while Golson’s hamstring popped up and had to be dealt with then.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says Burdette has earned the start. How much Golson will play remains to be seen. Cornerbacks coach Jason Jones downplayed the conditioning factor earlier this week.
Collins says he’s benefited from going against Donte Moncrief in camp.