Cornerback Mike Hilton estimated he played about 50-60 plays against Boise State, about 15 of 16 of those snaps coming at Huskie.
Double duty is not unheard of in college football, but triple duty is rare, and Hilton is also active on special teams.
He’s a starter on the punt and kickoff squads and a backup on punt return. That probably adds 7-10 plays a game.
Hilton said he was managed well and felt fresh throughout the Boise game.
Another guy to keep an eye on is Robert Nkemdiche. For obvious reasons Ole Miss coaches want the older Nkemdiche on the field as much as possible.
“He probably played too many plays. I talked to Coach (Chris) Kiffin about that yesterday. We have to make sure – it’s hard to make yourself in a tight game pull him off the field, but you benefit him in the fourth quarter being a better, fresher player and obviously in the weeks to come, so we have to continue to watch that closely,” Freeze said.
Freeze was a lot less concerned with Hilton.
Part of Hilton’s play-count had to do with freshmen that Freeze wasn’t quite ready to put into the game. That could change soon.
“Mike is a little different animal because the smaller, athletic guys can handle more of that, but he has a lot on his plate because he’s on a lot of special teams, and he plays Huskie and he plays corner. We won’t monitor that like we do the big guys. We might this week if we see how hot it is. And we’re trying to bring the Moore twins along to give Hilton a break on special teams. I just wasn’t sure they’d be ready in every scenario in week one.”