Assignment Sound

Free Safety Trae Elston knows the Rebel defense did not play to its potential against Vanderbilt in the Rebs' 27-16 victory, but he's convinced everything is "fixable" as Ole Miss moves toward an engagement with Florida Saturday in Gainesville.

He noted the lack of awareness of down and distance.

"If it's third-and-five, we have to play like it is third-and-five and not third-and-15. There were times we were playing way off their skill guys like we didn't know the situation. We were not challenging their skill people. We were too soft sometimes and that's on us, the secondary," he assessed.

Part of Trae's directing traffic in the secondary is working with the Husky position calls. Elston said he was very pleased with the way A.J. Moore performed in the absence of Tony Conner, out for a few weeks with a knee injury/surgery/rehab.

"Tony is a great player and of course you always miss someone with that much ability and experience, but I think A.J. is a great athlete also. He played with us last year and knows what to do. I thought he executed really well and I know he graded well," Elston noted. "I think it's his time to shine.

"I also thought Red (Zedrick Woods) did a nice job all things considered. To move to that position and play in an SEC game in the same week and not bust assignments is pretty good. It tells you the quality player he is capable of being."

Trae injured his elbow in the Vandy game, but he came back to finish the game.

"The trainers made me sit out longer than I wanted to," he smiled. "It's fine now. I am ready to go for Florida. I just fell on it wrong."

While Elston was out, C.J. Hampton got his first extensive playing time of the year.

"I think C.J. is going to be a great, great, great player. He's athletic and tough and he is constantly asking questions. He wants to be great and he will be," noted Elston. "Last year C.J. was a little heavy. He lost a lot of extra weight and now he is moving really well.

"I think he has a great future here."

Elston knows the Rebels will have their work cut out for them when they roll into Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators.

"They have a dual-threat quarterback and their receivers are very good. They are fast and athletic and they run good routes," Trae stated. "Their tight ends run like wideouts. We will have to be on our toes all night.

"It is going to be a big challenge to control their offense."

It will all go back to being assignment sound.

"If we are focused and playing our assignments correctly, we should be OK, but we have to do better than we did against Vanderbilt in that area," he closed.


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