By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The most notable two-sport athlete at Ole Miss will focus on one sport.
Senquez Golson, a sophomore cornerback on the football team and an outfielder on the baseball team, will play only football.
Golson turned down a contract offer in excess of $1 million after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round coming out of Pascagoula High School in 2011.
He played baseball at Ole Miss last season, starting with a bang before struggling to finish with .204 batting average.
While with the baseball team last spring, Golson was not with the football team as a new coaching staff was installing new schemes. When August camp began, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack compared Golson to a true freshman.
“Senquez and I met recently and talked about his future and he has decided at this time that he wants to focus on football,” Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco said in a statement. “As such, he will not be participating in baseball this spring and will instead be going through spring drills and continue to work with the football team in preparation for the 2013 season.”
Golson appeared in 12 games this season, starting six. He finished with 36 tackles and three interceptions, the three picks all coming in the last three games of the season.
Golson appeared in 12 games and had 16 tackles as a true freshman in 2011.
“He is a tremendous young man and has been a pleasure to work with this past year,” Bianco said. “We know he will continue to be successful on the football field and will be watching with excitement when coach Freeze and the Rebels start their season again this fall.”