Eleven Ole Miss players will be returning to their home state for the second time this season this weekend.
The first time, at Alabama, was an overwhelming success.
A similar outcome at Auburn would go a long way toward a possible November run at the SEC West title.
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No Ole Miss player will be more emotional for the trip to Auburn than wide receiver Cody Core.
He played high school football at Auburn, tailgated there and attended games as a fan and can’t get enough tickets from his teammates to support the friends and family he’ll have there.
For all that, Core received only scant recruiting attention from Auburn and never an offer.
There’s a lot of irony in how this game sets up for Core. Auburn kicked off the team its most prolific receiver Duke Williams earlier this season because Williams couldn’t play nice in the sand box on or off the field.
He was a tremendous talent rated by some draft watchers higher than Laquon Treadwell.
Without Williams Auburn’s receivers have struggled to find consistency and had eight drops in last week’s four-overtime loss at Arkansas.
Core, meanwhile, wasn’t even playing offense in his other trip to Auburn in 2013. He was officially a safety back then but wasn’t getting in games much, that one or others.
“It’s great. My last year, going home and trying to represent for the home town at a different school. It’s going to be awesome,” he said.
Regarding his first trip to Auburn as an Ole Miss player he said, “It was just looking in the stands, looking up there thinking about how it feels up there. I was up there as a fan in high school in the recruiting section. Actually being on the field is pretty cool.”
While Auburn has issues at receiver the player it overlooked has become an integral part of a group that has talent and depth far beyond Treadwell.
Core leads Ole Miss in yards per catch at 18.5. He’s third on the team with 23 receptions for 426 yards and three touchdowns.
He just hopes he can find enough tickets this week.
He’ll make sure he asks the right teammates and doesn’t rely on them to think about it.
“Right now I have about 25 and trying to work on a couple more before everybody gets out of here.
I got to hit them up, They get lackadaisical or just leave and not even worry about tickets, some people have them and not even use them.”