Looking for some playing time

Justin Sanders (DL, New Market, AL) - Justin was a highly decorated lineman coming out of high school as he collected over 215 tackles, 26 sacks, and 32 tackles for losses during his junior and senior campaign at Buckhorn.

Scout.com's #51 nationally rated defensive tackle arrived to Ole Miss after the first summer session and has learned a lot during his short amount of time in Oxford.

"Going through the summer drills has shown me that I have a lot of work left to do," added Justin Sanders who weighed in at 6' 4", 290 for Fall camp. "This definitely is not high school anymore where I can just overpower everybody. I have a lot of work to do to catch up with the pack and hopefully get some playing time this year."

Report date for the incoming freshmen was last Thursday and Sanders was excited to get started.

"It is good to be back. It is good to see all of my classmates. I am just ready to get out on the field. I thought I would be more nervous, but not really, I am just ready to go to work."

Justin was a star on both sides of the ball in high school but the Rebels are looking at him for one side of the ball.

"They put me at defensive tackle. That has always been the plan. My natural position is defensive tackle."

The Rebels will have a veteran defensive tackle unit returning as players like Jeremy Garrett, Peria Jerry, and Brandon Jenkins have been through the wars for several years. What has Sanders learned from them?

"They all helped me out a whole lot. I have learned more from them in one summer than I have learned from anybody else since I have been in football. I am always picking their brain and asking them what to do in this or that situation. All of them have been real patient with me and are more than willing to help me out. I love the attitude that our defensive line has. I think we really bonded this summer. I also think that me, Lawon (Scott) and Ted (Laurent) also bonded. We hung out all summer, and we know we have each other's backs. Lawon and Ted are really/really good ball players. There is going to be a lot of competition out there, but we all look forward to it. We also know a couple more (Chris Strong/Jerrell Powe) will be joining when they are cleared (through the NCAA clearinghouse), so there is going to be lot of battles going on out there. It is going to be a war to earn some playing time. Hopefully I will get some."

Has there been any big surprises since Justin joined the Ole Miss football team?

"No, it is just a bunch of hard work, getting up early, and things like that. I do not think it is really a surprise, but it is a little more than what I was expecting."

What does Sanders want to work on between now and when the games are played?

"I need to improve my all around game. Getting off the ball, just the all around game. You have to adapt to a new level."

Now that Justin has been around for the summer; is Ole Miss everything he was hoping it was going to be?

"It started out rocky, but by now, I have adapted to it. I am starting to like it a whole lot. I got a little home sick, but I hear most freshmen do."

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