Last Saturday, Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze indicated he thought he might learn more about the football availability Senquez Golson during this week.
The Rebels are at home tonight against Jackson State, their only mid-week game before No. 1 Florida visits.
Golson, slumping, didn't make the travel roster for the baseball Rebels' trip to Alabama over the weekend. That did allow him to attend football in Oxford.
“I think we'll know more next week when we see kind of how he gets back in the baseball swing and where he fits with them,” Freeze said. “If he's a huge part of that I don't want to detract from it.”
There's almost daily contact between Freeze and baseball coach Mike Bianco on Golson's status.
Golson was hitting over .400 early on but has seen his average dip to .234. He's 5-for-6 on stolen base attempts, and those five steals lead the team, but when he hasn't hit, he's drawn only one walk.
ou would think Jackson State might be an opportunity for Golson to get some in-game at-bats as Bianco further evaluates his chances to help the Rebels.
In a Feb. 29 meeting, Ole Miss defeated Jackson State 13-1, the Rebels getting their 13 runs on only eight hits as JSU pitchers issued 13 walks and hit three batters.
Golson played left field in the game but did not have an official at-bat.
Assistant coach Cliff Godwin assesses Golson:
“Probably the worst thing that could have happened for him was to start off as well as he did, because the game was coming so easily for him. Baseball is a game of failure. It will cripple you quickly if you let it, and he's run through a rough patch, like every hitter will do.
“You just have to slow things down at the plate. We did something with him last week to try and simplify his swing. He was having better batting practices and getting better.”
Godwin says getting better has to come in practice. It won't be a situation where Golson is in the game to “play through” his rough patch.
“You've got to have decent BP's for coach to have the confidence to run you out there. We're pretty deep positionally, and when one guy is not having a good day, we can run another guy out there. You have to take advantage of your opportunities. Preston Overbey has been swinging a good bat for us, and he's been a staple in our lineup (in right field). Will Jamison has done a great job the last few weeks. Senquez has to do the same thing and that's come off the bench and have quality at-bats. The more quality at-bats you have, the more opportunities you have.”