Peyton Farr working toward productive fall

Peyton Farr has paid his dues and put in the time and effort as his fourth year begins at Ole Miss. The junior from Monroe, La., is hoping that pays off for more playing time in the spring of 2007.

Peyton Farr, Robert Lane, and Alex Presley were baseball teammates at Neville High School in Monroe, La. All three visited Ole Miss and signed on to become Rebels.

Lane opted out of baseball earlyon to make his name on the gridiron. Presley became a freshman sensation at the plate and in the outfield and had three terrific seasons at Ole Miss before turning pro.

Farr enters the 2006-07 school year hoping this is his year. A first baseman, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has had some stiff competition for the job to date. First there was three-time Rebel All-American Stephen Head, followed by last year's starter C.J. Ketchum.

Farr's had some spot starts and has come into some games to play late. A highlight last season was a game on April 26 against his hometown team, Louisiana-Monroe. The Indians were visiting Oxford, and Farr got the start at first base. He made the most of it.

Farr went 2-for-5 with two RBI on the day and was solid defensively. To make things even more special, it all happened on his 22nd birthday as a lot of family and friends were in attendance for the 12-6 Rebel win.

But this is a new year, a new season. Farr has dedicated himself to becoming an even better player and making a run at more playing time in the spring.

"This is a big fall for me," said the nephew of former NFL quarterback Bubby Brister. "I'm a fourth-year junior, so I'm looking to step up and try to get a starting position and try to contribute more to the team."

In the Scout Day intrasquad Wednesday, Farr went 1-for-2 with a double to the right field wall and also a fly out to right. His double drove in a run, and he's hoping it set the tone for a productive fall.

"It was awesome to be out here getting things started," he said. "I just want to see how well I do, how good the team is going to be, and how it all comes together. It's going to be interesting for me and for the team."

There are a lot of players vying for that first base spot, both returnees and newcomers, including the senior Ketchum, redshirt freshman Cullan Kight, and true freshmen Andrew Clark and Dan Black. Farr says he's just going to give it his very best and see what happens.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said of the battle for first base. "Ever since I've been here we've had good first basemen. Last year C.J. and I had good competition, and I'm looking forward to the challenge and feel I'm up for it."

Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said it was good to see Farr get the double to start his fall off right.

"We had a good offensive day overall," he said of the Scout Day intrasquad. "There were a lot of good swings out there in a short amount of time (three innings). Peyton swung the bat well, and that was good to see."

The Rebels will intrasquad at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

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