This is a random order. Here’s reason No. 15 that Ole Miss will be improved in 2011.
Wesley Pendleton could stands on his own merit for Ole Miss improvement, but the need factor has grown significantly in the last several days.
Depth in the Ole Miss secondary will go the way of the U.S., credit rating in a few hours – downgrade – unless something unforeseen happens in Senquez Golson negotiations with the Boston Red Sox.
Pendleton, a juco track All-American, was the first step in the Rebels’ speed upgrade when he signed with Ole Miss last December, a mid-year transfer from Copiah-Lincoln CC.
Pendleton had 11 pass break-ups and three interceptions at Co-Lin last season.
As he went through spring drills sometimes that speed wasn’t fully displayed, because Pendleton was feeling his way around. In camp he’s played faster. He’s run with the first and second team units and will likely be in a three-corner rotation on opening day with Charles Sawyer and Marcus Temple.
Pendleton had two pass break-ups in Saturday’s scrimmage and seems more confident on the field.
It was a good day for the pass defense overall, holding the offense to 5-for-15. The fact that the offense attempted only 15 passes tells you a little about where the offense is headed. The secondary will be tested in a big way in the opener against BYU.
From the looks of things they’ll be prepared. Hopefully that will be the case. There’s likely to be a little less support behind the rotation.