We talked with defensive coordinator Dave Wommack on Tuesday about his cornerbacks against Missouri’s big receivers.
Starting corners Mike Hilton (5-8) and Senquez Golson (5-9) will have to make an effort to be as physical as they can with the bigger guys.
Charles Sawyer looks doubtful at this point.
Wommack is really played with the progress of his two freshmen corners, one of them, Derrick Jones, he didn’t even know would be at corner when the season starter.
“I thought he’d be a safety,” Wommack says.
Jones will play “a lot of snaps” against Missouri, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says.
At 6-foot-3, Jones gives the Rebels a bigger player against Missouri’s receivers. The four starters go 6-2, 6-4, 6-5 and 6-6. Jones, though, is also the Rebels’ most inexperienced player in a three-man rotation at corner.
Nevertheless, it’s looking like Jones’ stage Saturday night, and while he’s still making some freshman mistakes he’s made big strides also.
“I’m glad to have him as a corner. I didn’t realize he has the kind of hips that he has, the speed. A lot of times long guys like that struggle changing direction, but he’s got all those things. He will make a bunch of money some day,” Wommack said.
Wommack also had good things to say about another freshman, Bobby Hill, who is an even 6-foot.
“Bobby just physically needs to grow a little more. He’s got great feet. His change of direction is as good as anybody that we have in the secondary. I wish we could have redshirted one of those guys, but we couldn’t, so we’ll just make them better.”
Hill got some playing time against Troy, but there’s more invested in Jones right now, and Jones will be a bigger part of the plan going into the Missouri game.