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August 7, 2012
Wesley McGriff talks Golson, secondary.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Senquez Golson admits he's not perfect at cornerback.
After missing spring practice due to baseball season, the sophomore is inconsistent with some of the mechanical parts of the position. Fundamentals and such are still a work in progress, but his athletic ability can't be questioned.
It's allowing him to thrive during the Rebels' first week of practice. Golson put up another good day on Tuesday, knocking down balls and successfully playing press coverage during most drills.
"I have a long way to go with technique, playing sloppy, got to get better, but coaches are helping, and I'm staying after practice to get it done. But, as far as playing, all is fine. I've been able to get some things done."
Ole Miss is starting three cornerbacks with Golson joining Wesley Pendleton on the outside and Dehendret Collins playing an inside defender. With Charles Sawyer out 4-to-6 weeks, the Rebels are tested in the secondary, but Golson was quick to dismiss major issues.
In fact, he led Tuesday's interview talking about comfort and trust with his teammates.
"Confidence comes with being comfortable with the person next to you," Golson said. "We have a three-man rotation next to me with Tanner (Burns), Cody (Prewitt) and Chief (Brown) and I'm comfortable with all those guys. I know I have help over the top.
"We have a little depth this year, and that's going to help a lot. Trae Elston is stepping up big time, and he's stepping in for Charles right now and doing well."
Golson confirmed on Tuesday that he plans to continue playing football and baseball at Ole Miss, answering with a "yes, sir, no doubt."
The 6-foot cornerback credits both secondary coaches during his career for where he is currently. He's very complimentary of Wesley McGriff, and added praise for former Ole Miss assistant Keith Burns.
"Playing bump and run technique helps a lot because of what Coach Burns taught me, and then with what I'm learning now it's just that much better," Golson said. "It's learning the playbook, got to stay in it and learn."
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