Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze believes freshman wide receiver A.J. Brown will be a star in time

Through eight games this season, Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown has 18 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

The true freshman from Starkville, Miss. has recently been slowed down with a knee injury, but has Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze excited about the future.

"He is getting better," Freeze said. "A.J. is going to be a phenomenal wide receiver. I think he is going to continue the tradition that we have here of wide receiver play."

Brown's talents have resulted in him seeing action in all of Ole Miss' games this season. He started out his career for the Rebels hauling in a big catch from Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly in the first drive of the Rebels' season opener against Florida State on Sept. 5. Since then he has been a solid option for Kelly but seems to disappear from games at times. In last Saturday's 40-29 loss to Auburn, Brown hauled in three straight passes from Kelly for a combined 48 yards but didn't catch another ball for the rest of the game. Freeze says that's a result of Brown's inexperience.

"His deal is just understanding the different leverages in coverage and how that changes a route from time to time," Freeze said. "He doesn't have quite a good understanding of that just yet and that's normal for a lot of freshman receivers, others have been the same way.

There are so many different routes that he could run and so many different coverages that he has to see, it just takes time to make sure that you're adjusting the route stems accordingly. You saw the other night when he can run a slant or he can do things that happen fairly quick off the ball, he's very special and talented."

Brown should see more targets from Kelly on Saturday against Georgia Southern's pass defense which ranks 46th in the country in passing yards allowed. The game is set for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff on ESPNU.


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