The Ole Miss Rebels football team received some good news this morning, and surprisingly, it has nothing to do with their stellar recruiting class.
Senquez Golson, the Rebels starting cornerback, has decided to focus his talents strictly on football, and will not be participating for the Ole Miss baseball team this spring.
Golson will instead be participating in all spring drills and workouts with the Rebels gridiron squad.
This is a little surprising considering the timing. The Rebel baseball team begins their season February 15th, a little more than three weeks away, and Golson was expected to be a big contributor for the 25th ranked Rebels.
However, this is fantastic news for the Rebels football team. Golson is an incredibly talented athlete, and there’s no doubt he’ll benefit from focusing strictly on one sport. The standout from Pascagoula (MS) finished his sophomore season strong, with interceptions in each of the Rebels last three games, totaling 55 yards in returns.
Last year at this time, as Golson was finishing up his promising true freshman campaign for the football Rebels, he was switching everything over to getting ready for baseball. And considering there was a new football coaching staff and scheme coming in, he knew he’d be playing catch up to the rest of the guys. As good as he played this year for the football team, imagine if he’d of had an extra semester of practices and film study.
This hurts the Rebels baseball team, though. He’s a legitimate baseball prospect, and was even drafted in the 8th round of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox. The BoSox offered him a seven figure signing bonus throughout a five-year contract, and on the last day he was able to sign, he turned them down and instead opted to become a two-sport athlete in Oxford.
There’s no doubt this will help Golson’s football career. Last year, he was not only a full-time college student, but had obligations and commitments to two different SEC athletic teams. Mentally and physically, he must’ve been exhausted by the time baseball season ended and summer football workouts were getting started.
This time around, Golson need only worry about the gridiron.
Hence, big things will be expected of Golson this fall for the Rebels football team. The team is trending upwards right now, and Golson is a key member of the secondary.
Will the decision to stick with football payoff? I’m willing to bet it does.