Capitalizing On Chances

Sophomore Wide Receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow sat out last season as a transfer from Washington. Four games into the 2015 campaign, "String" is a big part of the receiver rotation and has 11 catches through four games.

"It's all about taking advantage of your opportunities in this offense," said Stringfellow, a 6-2, 225-pounder. "We never know who is going to get the ball or if the play is a run or a pass until the last second so you have to be alert and you have to be prepared as if you are going to get the ball every play.

"That makes this offense fun. I'm having a great time playing on a team with so many weapons and so many guys who can make big plays. You see a teammate have and explosive play and you want one. It keeps you juiced. You have to have patience, but if you do, you will get your time and you have to make the most of it."

String made the most of his opportunities Saturday night against Vanderbilt in the undefeated Rebs' 27-16 win, catching four passes for 71 yards and a 20-yard touchdown, his first TD as a Rebel.

He now has 11 catches for 175 yards and the TD versus Vandy in four games.

"We were kind of struggling Saturday and we couldn't seem to make much happen, we needed a wake up call. We got together on the sidelines got our heads right and went out and won the game," he said. "I was glad to be a part of a game that showed how we handle not having our best game. We found a way to win anyway.

"We are not going to make a habit of that, but it was good to see we could reach down and find another gear when things weren't going our way."

Coming into August practice, Stringfellow had to reach down for another gear himself. Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze was a little critical of the way String was catching, or not catching, the ball in spring training and challenged him to get it right.

"I had always been a hands guy, a guy who caught every ball thrown my way, but I hit a slump in spring that I really didn't even realize I was in. Coach Freeze pointed out I was dropping a lot of passes and, like I said, I didn't even realize it," he continued. "I took a hard look at what I did in spring and it made me really focus in fall camp. When it comes my way, I am really tuned in and I have gotten my confidence back. I haven't had a drop this year and don't intend to."

String said the friendly competition in the wide receiver room is a perfect environment for him.

"We hold each other to high standards - on the field, off the field and in the classroom. If you aren't getting it done, you will be passed by. We have a lot of talent in that room and if you want to stay in the rotation, you have to reach that high standard," he explained. "We have a of guys who can play the game at a high level and that makes all of us better."

He does not think there will be any issues getting ready to play Florida.

"The Swamp is a venue everyone knows about and every player wants to experience. It's one of the reasons guys come to the SEC - all the stadiums are electric and fun to play in and The Swamp is right up at the top," he noted.

String is anxious to get to The Swamp and see how the Rebs match up against the 23rd-rated Florida Gators.

"They are like us in that they have playmakers all over the field. This game could go down to who plays the hardest, who wants it the most and who executes the best because they have a lot of outstanding players on their team just like we do," he assessed.

Nobody knows what the rest of the season holds for Stringfellow, but one thing is certain - he's got the right approach to attack it.

"It's up to me to take advantage of my chances and earn even more chances. I intend to do that," he closed.

Enough said. . . .


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