From the mother ship, Johnson talks move to linebacker
The very fact that Mike Hilton has been moved to safety for spring drills is an indication to what kind of talent Hugh Freeze and Dave Wommack believe they have at cornerback.
When Tee Shepard was hurt last August Freeze then said he felt like he’d lost his best cover cornerback.
Now Shepard appears to be healthy after tearing ligaments in his big toe, and the Rebels picked up highly-rated junior college cornerback Tony Bridges in December.
Sophomore Kendarius Webster is back after appearing in every game as a freshman – twice starting – and finishing with 22 tackles and two pass break-ups.
Here’s what Hilton had to say about each one.
Shepard: “He looks real good. He’s holding up. He’s playing it well, running full speed and everything. He’s looking good. I think he’s ready.”
Bridges: “He a real quiet dude, but he’s real coachable, even he’s coming up to me asking, ‘What do I do here if it’s outside or something like that?’ He’s real coachable. He works with coach Jones a lot, and he’s going to be a good one for us.”
Webster: “Yeah, he’s taking that responsibility knowing he’s going to hold down one of those corner spots, a guy we count on this year a lot. We have faith in what he can do.”
Hilton moved to rover, a safety position that allows him to use his coverage skills and open-field tackling.
With his move, Trae Elston has moved over to free safety.