By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt says he loves what his freshmen add to his football team, and he hopes he has all of his current newcomers when the clock strikes 11 on Monday night.
Talented cornerback Senquez Golson of Pascagoula, although he’s gone through a week of football camp and participated in Saturday’s scrimmage, could leave the team and sign with the Boston Red Sox, who took him in the eighth round with the 262nd pick in June.
Golson denied a report Saturday that he had in fact already signed.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re sitting around and playing it by ear,” he said.
In June Golson told his hometown newspaper, The Mississippi Press, that it would take $1.3 million to sign him.
He didn’t give specifics on the latest round of negotiations but said the Red Sox have increased their original offer.
Golson ran with the second and third teams Saturday.
Nutt said Golson’s talks with the Red Sox had no affect on how he was used in the scrimmage.
“As long as he is in uniform and has an Ole Miss helmet on we’ll go as hard as we can go,” Nutt said.
It’s just not clear how much longer that will be.
“There are still a few small things that I don’t like,” Golson said. “It will be finalized either by tonight or tomorrow. That’s all I can say right now.”
“We’ll sit down with his mom and dad, and it will have to be quick,” Nutt said. “I want him here, but I’m selfish. I want him to do what’s best for his family. The family will make the right decision.”
The uncertainty surrounding Golson overshadowed the quarterbacks race. Barry Brunetti, Randall Mackey and Zack Stoudt divided snaps, but after 105 plays, Nutt said he was no closer to naming a starter.
Mackey was 3-for-9 for 82 yards. Brunetti was 2-for-6 and was picked off by Kentrell Lockett. Stoudt was 2-for-9 for 41 yards and a 25-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief.
With tailbacks Brandon Bolden and Jeff Scott held out as a precaution, Enrique Davis scored touchdowns on runs of 4 and 2 yards, the first capping a Brunetti-led five-play 65-yard drive. Brunetti had a 24-yard pass completion and a 32-yard run on the drive.
Nutt praised his offensive line and said his defense, a sore spot in last year’s 4-8 season, was physical.
“It was good to see Lockett get out there and get some rust off,” Nutt said. “He brings a lot of older leadership to us.”