When you watch the athletic plays by Cody Core this season its impressive to think how far the Ole Miss receivers have come as a group.
Core, an Auburn, Ala., native getting ready to play his hometown team, was largely a special teams guy in his first two seasons.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze even tinkered with Core at safety because he wasn’t making an early impact at wide receiver.
Now he’s got 26 catches for 390 yards and leads the team in touchdown receptions with five.
Core has had to overcome the disappointment of losing his mother shortly before the start of August practice.
“He’s played extremely solid. I’m extremely proud for him. He’s such a good kid and obviously it’s well documented some of the heartbreak he’s gone through. To see him have great success is tremendous. He’s not only a good player he’s a tremendous kid. He has an opportunity to have a big game against Auburn Saturday. He’ll be ready,” Freeze said.
It was also in August that Freeze was lamenting the lack of practice production from his receivers. He was calling for someone to step up.
During the off-season Freeze repeatedly spoke of the need for more depth at receiver and said he expected some of the freshmen receivers to play.
He had good things to say about the fast start to training camp for Dayall Harris, but only Markell Pack has played.
Pack has been in every game. He only has seven catches, but he’s had some big ones, like a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-8 on the final drive at LSU. Without that catch the interception vs. the field goal attempt is a moot point.
We spoke to cornerback Senquez Golson yesterday. His face brightened when he talked about scout team receivers, guys like Harris, Sammie Epps and Damore’ea Stringfellow who have not played.
Epps, who at 6-6 could be a matchup problem for opposing secondaries, was running second team in camp before an arrest bumped him down.
Stringfellow is the Washington transfer whose waiver request for immediate eligiblity was not approved by the NCAA.
Here’s Golson: “They’re all coming out and giving effort every single day. I don’t know if they know how important that is, but they’re going to be some break-out players. It’s the best scout team we’ve ever had, and it’s definitely showing up with our defense.”