By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
A lack of depth at the wide receiver position has led to Derrick Jones moving from cornerback to wide receiver.
The Eupora native has been buried on the depth chart at cornerback and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze decided this week to make the move. How much Jones, who was originally recruited to play wideout, can actually play against Vanderbilt remains to be seen.
But with hot temperatures expected during the late afternoon contest, Jones stands to get some snaps, with a chance to build on that amount in the coming weeks.
“He’s a good athlete and we need some depth at receiver,” Freeze said about the move. “I said all along that at tight end, receiver and o-line, we haven’t completed that depth chart. With it being hot, and we want to play like we do, if you look at the depth chart, we only have three outside guys. We need another guy semi ready.”
Freeze added that Jones still worked in some with the defense and will continue to do that until the off week when the move would become complete.
“He’s totally natural catching balls, he just doesn’t know what he’s doing right now,” Freeze said.
Freeze said that it seems like forever since his Rebels played a game. Thursday will be a week, with two more days still to come. Freeze said he liked the way his team looked heading into the game from a demeanor standpoint.
When it comes to extra practice time, Freeze said it was a challenge every week to not to do too much from a game plan standpoint.
“It seems like every morning I steadily come in saying what can I get out, let’s watch the film again,” Freeze said. “After we have slept on it, we say ‘let’s get this in or get this out and try to simplify.’ I’m sure we’ll do the same thing tonight.”
Here is the rest of Freeze was talking about following Wednesday’s practice session.