Freshman Ole Miss Cornerback Jamariey Atterberry said he went from the frying pan to the fire this summer, but it has helped him - physically and mentally - get prepared for his upcoming initial collegiate campaign.
"It was hard jumping straight from high school graduation into what I'm doing now, but it's something I knew I needed to go through," said the soft-spoken Atterberry. "It was tough getting adjusted to college school work and the intensity of the summer workouts, but I survived.
"The workload is more than I expected and more than I've ever had, but after the first month, everything fell into place."
Atterberry was very successful in his summer course work, registering around a 3.0 GPA.
"I've handled the classroom stuff pretty well. I had two B's first summer semester and I think I will have an A and a B or C second semester," he smiled. "That part is going well. The workouts are now going well, but they were really hard at first until I adjusted and got in better shape. Now, I am in the best shape of my life."
Jamariey played corner in 7-on-7 voluntary drills this summer. After those sessions, he feels he belongs on this level.
"I have a lot of work to do, but the older guys have helped me a lot and explained everything to make it easier for me," he continued. "I'm learning a new technique and think I'm getting it down.
"In high school, you just backpedal and run. Here, you have to learn learn the pure step and kick step and how to do things right. I didn't even know what a pure step was when I got here, but I do now. I fit in here."
Atterberry feels good about his quickness and speed, but learned he needs to gain a little weight and strength.
"It's not as easy to jam guys on the line as it was in high school. We have some quick, fast and strong receivers here. I feel I can run with them, but I need to get more physical," Jamariey noted. "The weight room will help me a lot there."
Atterberry hopes to play some this year.
"I don't really want a redshirt. I'd rather just be put out there in the fire and improve under the gun. I like that type of challenge," he added.
Jamariey said he has settled in at Ole Miss and in Oxford.
"I was homesick at first, but Oxford and Kosciusko are a lot alike, size-wise, so I am more comfortable now. Also, I'm just two hours from home and can go see my family when I need to," Jamariey stated.
Jamariey likes the players he's coming in with in the secondary. Lionel Breaux, Johnny Brown, Colby Arceneaux, Fon Ingram, et al.
"Lionel is a very good athlete who could play on both sides of the ball. Just about every time Johnny gets in the rotation, he gets an interception and makes plays. Colby and Fon are quality athletes too. I think we've got the makings of a good secondary in the future," he stated.
Atterberry doesn't know what this year will bring for him, but he's confident in what he's done to prepare for what he's about to face.
"Like I said, I'm in great shape, my grades are good and I've learned a lot this summer. We'll see where that takes me this year," he closed.
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