Jordan Henry making case to start

The baseball Rebels practiced the early part of this week, took Thursday off, and will try to get in three scrimmages this weekend, weather permitting.

Just over one week remains until first pitch of the 2007 season on Sat., Feb. 10, against New Orleans in Oxford at 1:30 p.m.

As the season nears, it's become more clear that true freshman Jordan Henry will likely be one of the three Rebel outfielders. There could be some mix and match out there among four or five players during the pre-conference games. That sometimes happens at several different positions, and obviously when there's as much talent as there is on this squad.

The 6-foot, 160-pound younger brother of team captain and second baseman Justin Henry began making a move for playing time in the fall, batting .360 (second best on the team in the fall) with nine stolen bases (tied for tops in that department in the fall).

Likely the fastest player on the team, he follows in the footsteps of his brother as being a prolific base-stealer and solid lead-off batter.

But the Rebels can only have one lead-off man in the lineup, obviously. Justin had that spot last season and appears to be keeping it this time around, although there is always a chance it could change.

But either Henrys would do well there, and they've proved that lately. In one intrasquad game last weekend, they each led off for their respective team. Fourth-year junior Justin went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base. Jordan went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.

Jordan won't go so far as to say he has a starting spot sewed up.

"There are so many good players on this team," said Jordan, a .418 hitter during his high school career. "I don't want to say that yet. There are three scrimmages left, so I'll have to wait until the season starts to see."

A star tennis player in high school as well, Jordan was named the Vicksburg High School athlete of the year in 2006. He and Justin played high school baseball together for one year – when Jordan was a freshman and Justin was a senior.

"It'll be easier on our parents making the games now," said Jordan, a point already stated by Justin a few days ago. "It's fun to be playing on the same team again. I definitely go to him for advice, and he's helped me out a lot already."

"It's fun having him here," Justin said. "At first it was a little strange seeing him around so much. But it's exciting. Not a lot of people get to say they play college baseball with their brother. And our parents (Tom and Teresa Henry) do enjoy it."

Justin is the taller and bigger of the two at 6-3 and 190. But Jordan says there are some similarities. For starters, both bat left-handed and throw right-handed.

"Some people say our swings look alike," he said. "I guess so, and maybe our speed."

So where do the Henry brothers get their speed? Why can they run so fast?

"No idea, really" said Jordan. "Just a good thing we do, I guess."

Certainly a good thing for Ole Miss baseball that they do.

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