Dodson’s evaluation request

Mark Dodson didn’t thump his chest and say “Look at me,” after scoring two touchdowns from 60-plus yards out. He didn’t need to do that, it was Presbyterian.

But Ole Miss does need to spark its running game, and Dodson did ask for another evaluation from the coaching staff, reasonable request as the Rebels look for more consistency in the run game. That would go for not only Dodson but Jordan Wilkins as well. He also had a big day against Presbyterian.

Hugh Freeze said yesterday that looking at the Presbyterian game and trying to judge real improvement in the run was like comparing apples and oranges.

It is, but Freeze is a tinkerer. I would think evaluations on several fronts are going on during this open date.

From the Mother Ship, more in today’s column.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    Dodson and Wilkins IMO could do as good a job (maybe even better since they are bigger running backs) as Walton & Mathers….so why not turn them loose in these last two games? I recall, in the Grove Bowl, it took the Rebel’s fastest player (Kailo Moore) to catch Dodson as he broke through the line and headed for the end zone on a 70 to 80 yard run.
    It’s going to take bigger backs to establish any kind of ground game in the SEC. Next season, Freeze will have Akeem Judd, redshirt junior (6’0″, 220 lbs.) in the backfield aong with Wilkins and Dodson.

    • Lee814

      I agree. I like Walton and Mathers. But their main attribute is speed, and mostly must get to the corners. They make some big plays, but rarely up the middle. At least give the others a chance.

    • bob

      I like Wilkins and Dodson, and perhaps they should get more reps, but to consistently get the reps at running back you need to not only run well, you also need to block well and it helps if you are good catching the ball out of the backfield. That is why Walton gets most of the reps.

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