Golson, Ole Miss defense focus on consistency

Ole Miss was even in turnover ratio against Presbyterian, each team throwing one interception.

Presbyterian’s pick landed with linebacker Serderius Bryant, not Senquez Golson, ending a string of five games in which Golson had at least one interception.

Golson has nine picks on the year, an average of almost one per game which ranks No. 1 in the SEC, No. 2 in the nation.

Better preparation habits have helped him this year, he says.

“It’s just understanding the game, coming with a lot of experience, a lot of reps. Understanding how to watch film, being one or two steps ahead before the game even starts,” he said.

That type of preparation has helped the Rebels’ defense become more consistent in many phases of the game.

Maintaining a high level of play has been a focal point for a unit that has had some bright spots in the past but hasn’t always strung them together.

“Before the season ever started we knew we were going to have to be more consistent to be where we want to be. My four years here have been a lot of up and down, a lot of showing good coming back with some bad, but we’re definitely going to have to be more consistent. That’s one of the things we take pride in, being consistent,” Golson said.

The Rebels have forced at least one turnover in 33 straight games, the longest streak in the nation.

Ole Miss is fifth in the nation and second in the SEC in turnover margin at plus-1.30 per game.

The Rebels are second in the nation and lead the SEC in turnovers gained with 27. They’re No. 44 nationally and No. 4 in the SEC in turnovers lost with 14.

The numbers are a significant improvement in each category.

A year ago the Rebels were seventh in the SEC in turnover margin, sixth in turnovers gained and ninth in turnovers lost.

“We emphasize turnovers every week. We got four turnovers against LSU. That’s awesome. Not so good, we got nine penalties that kind of took away from the turnovers. We try to get turnovers every week,” Golson said.

 

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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