Auburn Football: Scouting the Ole Miss Defense and Special Teams

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Oct 25, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive back Cody Prewitt (25) is congratulated by teammate Senquez Golson (21) after recovering a fumble by the LSU Tigers in the first quarter at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Backs

The Ole Miss secondary is the best in the SEC, and could be the best group of defensive backs in the nation.

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  • Free safety Cody Prewitt was an All-American last season after he intercepted six passes and recorded 71 tackles. Prewitt has been similarly active this season with 43 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss, two picks. He forced a fumble and recovered a separate one last week against LSU.

    Tony Conner plays the Huskie/nickel position that is similar to Auburn’s Star. Conner was a Freshman All-American last season, and hasn’t skipped a beat as a sophomore in 2014. The 6-foot, 217-pounder leads the Rebels with 47 tackles and has also contributed 5.5 tackles for a loss and an interception.

    Mike Hilton, the starter at boundary corner, is the team’s second leading tackler with 42. He’s also got two TFLs, an interception and a forced fumble. Starting opposite Hilton is Senquez Golson. Small in stature at 5-foot-9 and 176 pounds, opponents have tested Golson often this season, and many times it has been a mistake. He is tied for the nation’s lead with eight interceptions.

    Rounding out the starting unit is safety Trae Elston, who has 42 tackles this year – a team-leading 11 of which came Saturday night in Baton Rouge. CJ Moore and CJ Hampton will see the field as backup safeties. Kendarius Webster, Derrick Jones and Cliff Coleman are the reserve corners.

    Next: Ole Miss Special Teams