Ole Miss wide receiver Van Jefferson has seen improvements in his game after redshirting as a freshman

Ole Miss WR Van Jefferson spoke to the media on Tuesday for the first time since signing with the Rebels in 2014. Jefferson talked about the benefits of redshirting, his improved skill set and more.

On spring football: It’s good. Coming into this spring my mindset was to come in and have a good spring and make some things happen. I’m just enjoying it right now and just keep competing.

On his redshirt season: At first it was hard for me. Coming in I really didn’t expect to redshirt. I was really disappointed, but with prayer and God being on my side I just waited it out. I knew God was telling me to be patient. It was all worth it.

On the offseason strength and conditioning program: Coming in I was scrawny and skinny. Now (Ole Miss strength and conditioning) coach (Paul) Jackson and those guys have helped me build my strength up. When I first came in I was like 170. Now I’m like 189 or 190. It helped out a lot.

What did it mean to have a dad who was an NFL coach? It was very beneficial to me. Being around those NFL guys learning how they work and what they do was helpful to me. You see how they work. To have a dad teaching you that kind of stuff is very helpful to come into college and play at the SEC level. Learning from him was very helpful to me.

 

Skill-wise what have you taken a step forward with? To play fast. (Ole Miss wide receivers) coach (Grant) Heard is always on me about playing fast. Last year doing scout team I wasn’t running fast, but I’ve learned you’ve got to play fast in the SEC. Coach Heard has been harping that on me. I’ve improved with that.

What do you bring to the offense? Speed. The deep threat. I can go up and get the ball, so I I think I can really help this offense with that.

Route-running? I give credit to my dad and to God for blessing me with this athletic ability, but learning that with him, just through hard work, he instilled it in me.

What does it take to stay on task with your route-running? Just working every day. The little things. Learning each and every day, working on the craft. I just stay at it and try to keep them crisp.


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