Ingram adjusting to life in Oxford

Fon Ingram checked into his dorm room at Deaton Hall Thursday and said he's continuing to adjust to life in Oxford.

Having been here this summer, the Atlanta native learned first-hand that there is a difference between the two cities.

"I'm a city boy, so this is an adjustment for me," said Ingram, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back.

That's why being here in June and learning about the area was important for the McNair High School product.

"Summer school went by so fast," said Ingram, rated the No. 67 safety in the nation by scout.com and also the No. 45 player in Georgia by scout.com. "We finally got here (back then) and then it went by fast. Here we are back again."

He said the summer was important for a lot of reasons.

"It helped out a lot," said Ingram, who had 33 tackles last season as a senior. "During the summer I got to know the coaches. I learned the coverages pretty quick and I'm ahead of the game now."

The 7-on-7 drills were also an adjustment, he said.

"The first couple of days I was a little nervous about it," said Ingram, whose stellar defensive season came when he was a junior, with 102 tackles, including 11 takcles for loss, with five quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries, in addition to recovering one fumble for a touchdown. "There was better talent, it's my freshman year. I don't know too many people here. Basically there were superstars out there, I'd say. At first I had to get some confidence. The first time I got beat, I went right at it again. Made a play, got a little pick. Did pretty good and got some confidence then."

Ingram, who lettered in football, baseball, and wrestling in high school, said he knows he has to improve in several areas if he wants to play this season.

"I have to learn the defense more," he said. "Coverage-wise I should be OK, and I'm going to work hard at everything."

Ingram said he would like to play early in his career, but he said he's been assured of nothing in that regard.

"They haven't really said too much," said Ingram, who also played on offense last season, rushing for 504 yards on 95 carries with seven touchdowns. "Just go out there and work hard and play to the best of your ability. Just go out there and see what happens. If I do well in camp, then we'll see."

Ingram said he's in good shape and believes that will pay off for him immediately. And he's ready to get adjusted in a big way to like in Oxford.

"Just got here," he said, honestly, "and I'm ready to get after it. I'm adjusting slowly, and it's been hard. I miss Atlanta but it'll be allright. It's small here. Less trouble to get into."


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