Five OM commits on display Thursday

Five of the twenty Ole Miss commits started their season last night. To read about how they did, read below.

Bud Bardsdale, Darius Barksdale, and Quinn Sanford from South Panola simply stole the show for the Tigers in Thursday's 31-18 victory over Warren Central.

Darius Barksdale
Darius Barksdale (6' 0", 195), who starts at both tailback and safety for "The U", pounded the ball for 261 yards rushing yards and 2 TD's.

"We played pretty good. I just thank God for letting us come out with a win, and I thank God for giving me an offensive line like those guys. They did all the work, I just rode on their back," added the always humble Darius Barksdale. "Next week will be a big game for us (against Clarksdale). We have to go out and practice hard all week and set the tone from the first snap. If we do that, everything else will work itself out."

"For us to be the best team we can be, Tig's (Darius Barksdale) has to be a big part of it," Coach Lance Pogue told the Clarion Ledger. "He can make things happen. He cramped some, but he kept coming back (had 31 rushing attempts for the game). He is just a phenomenal football player with a great future."

Darius' first cousin and best friend, Bud Barksdale, chipped in four batted passes down and 9 tackles for South Panola's defense which limited Warren Central to 61 total yards of offense.

"I think we had a pretty good game, but we are going to have to tighten up for Friday (against Clarksdale). Those boys are for real, and I know they are gunning for us," stated the 5' 11", 207 pound Bud Barksdale. "I played OK, but I just need to keep working hard in practice all week to work on some things."

Somebody had to open the holes for the Tiger's star tailback, and that came from the way of the 6' 1", 295 Ole Miss commit, Quinn Sanford.

Quinn Sanford
"I played pretty good," added the always colorful Quinn Sanford. "I had 10 pancakes last night, but I do not know how I graded out. I am about to go to the field house right now. Our whole offensive line played good. It was not one of our hard games, but it was real physical. Everybody was playing the best they could do. Tig rushed for 261 yards, so we did pretty good up front."

Also on display on Thursday was another pair of Ole Miss commits who play for N' West CC. The Rangers shut out nationally ranked Co-Linn CC, 31-0, in large part due to their star offensive playmaker, Daniel Thomas.

Daniel Thomas
"I had a pretty good game. We won 31- 0," added the 6' 2", 225 pound Daniel Thomas. "I threw a TD and rushed for two more. This year, I am little faster and stronger. It is pretty hard for one defender to bring me down. I could have had more yards, but I slipped when I could have gone for 70. We will learn more about ourselves when we go down to Jones CC next week."

Daniel finished the game with 8 carries for 66 yards and he also completed both of his passes for 79 yards and aTD. He played every series but two at running back. In those two series, he played QB, the position he played as a freshman. Thomas did not get in any snaps at safety, the position Ole Miss is recruiting him to play, and does not expect to play much defense this season.

DeMareo Marr
The Rebels are thin at cornerback, and one of the players they are expecting to step on the field and give them some immediate playing time is DeMareo Marr out of N' West CC.

The 6' 2", 190 pound Southaven product had four tackles and 2 batted down passes for the Ranger's defense.

To watch each player's video, click below.

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