Hilton’s leadership

You hear players throw out the term “leadership” a lot.

Here’s a good example of putting that word to use.

Senior Mike Hilton, the current Chucky Mullins Award winner, has started at every position in the secondary, and the new guys, apparently, recognize the value in that.

Cornerbacks coach Jason Jones is talking specifically of his guys here, Tony Bridges and Tee Shepard, the likely starters.

Kendarius Webster, Jones says, has made gains also, and those three figure to be the top three cornerbacks.

“Mike is a guy they rely on a lot. He got with them this summer. He would sit down, watch tape with them and start teaching them, so if the cornerbacks have a question they’ll call Kendarius. If they can’t get in touch with Kendarius they’ll call Mike. Mike has been a great, great leader for us.”

Hilton, of Fayetteville, Ga., led the team with 71 tackles last year.

He started all 13 games, 11 at boundary cornerback and two at Rover where he will start this season after the move of Trae Elston to free safety.

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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