Rebels hope to resolve tight end cover troubles in time for Gators

Vanderbilt had success throwing to its tight end, Steven Scheu, against Ole Miss.

The Rebels were playing without Huskie Tony Conner for the first time, and afterward Hugh Freeze thought his linebackers and Huskies were a little soft in coverage.

Sophomore A.J. Moore was solid in run coverage and broke on the ball quickly, but that’s a spot to watch in Gainesville.

The Gators used their tight end, Jake McGee, quite a bit in their 28-27 comeback win against Tennessee.

“We just played a little soft at first. Had to tighten it up as the game went on. They did some things we really weren’t expecting much. They hit some of those short dink and dumps, but we got it together toward the end. We have to continue to grow A.J. We’ll be fine,” backup safety C.J. Hampton said.

McGee had five catches for 57 yards against the Vols.

Hampton was seeing his first action of the season after a three-game suspension.

As the Rebels often struggled on third downs Hampton came up with a big third-down pass break-up in the second half.

“We struggled some at the beginning on third downs. That last drive we had to figure it out. CJ was like, ‘Come on, play little bro.’ Luckily I got good on a running back, jumped his leverage and was able to get to it,” he said.

Hampton, himself lightly experienced, has a reputation as a physical hitter.

He was able to make the play in the pass game because of lost weight, he said. He estimated that he dropped about 20 pounds in the off-season to get back into the 190s.

“I got real heavy, stuff started getting real big on me. It just wasn’t right. I had to lose weight. A lot lighter on my feet now. I can track the ball a lot faster now than I was when I was 210. I wouldn’t have been able to make that play last year.”

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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  • Bosephus

    I have already witnessed the heards of overweight, jorts wearing Florida roaming the streets and digging through trash cans for lunch. I’m looking forward to another speech after the gators lose like Tebow in 2008.
    Be prepared for the $wag, you can’t stop him and you can only hope to contain him. That just won’t happen this Saturday.

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