September 21, 2010

Golson getting touches on offense

Senquez Golson is one of the top cornerbacks in Mississippi, featuring stellar speed, solid hands and the agility to cover upper-tier wide receivers.

Cornerback is his position at the college level, as well, but lately for Pascagoula High School, Golson's talents have converted quite nicely to the offensive side of the ball. Due to a couple injuries, the Panthers are using Golson to move the ball, instead of just containing it.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound playmaker scored 10 touchdowns as a junior, but most of those were during kick returns or misdirection plays that only occurred a couple times per game. But as of two weeks ago, Golson is a force at tailback.

Pascagoula starting quarterback Will Tomes broke his hand, causing tailback Major Williams to take the snaps and second-string tailback Antone Thornton has struggled with a hamstring ailment. The shuffling set up Golson to grab some consistent carries.

"I'm all about the opportunity when I get it," Golson said. "People aren't throwing or running at my side when I play defense, so it keeps me involved. I've always enjoyed offense. I did it up until a couple years ago."

Two Fridays ago against Moss Point, Golson had 18 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns. In his last game, Golson rushed for 79 yards, as Pascagoula with Picayune for a half before losing, 48-21.

"I want to be used in whatever way it helps us win," Golson said. "The goal is to get to the playoffs, so we've got to work and all be on the same page. I'll run it, throw it or even block if I have to."

Golson, who is committed to Ole Miss for both baseball and football, remains happy with his decision and isn't deterred by the Rebels' recent struggles on the gridiron.

"I wanted to be 100 percent with my decision when I made it, so I wouldn't second guess myself during a time like this," Golson said. "I'm still happy and know that's what I'm going to do. I want to play both sports, and I want to play at Ole Miss."

Golson is a major draft risk for the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft, but that occasion is still a long time ahead. The centerfielder plans to let the day happen and see what's on the table. It'll require a major offer for Golson to consider bypassing college.

"I love football and don't want to give it up yet," Golson said.

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