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Vincent Sanders admits he has some catching up to do. He wasn't at Ole Miss this summer but was able to get on board in mid-August.

"I kind of expected this, being behind when I got here since I missed the summer," said the Macon native and Noxubee County High School product. "I tried to get here as soon as possible. I got here the second day of camp. I wanted to play so I tried to catch up on everything real quick."

He's made some strides, too. In one scrimmage this camp, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder caught two passes for 23 total yards, one of them for a touchdown.

"Not being here this summer hurt him. So he's behind," Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said. "But I've still got hope. It's a long season. We're trying to catch him up."

Vincent Sanders

Sanders says he's picking things up, and he knows he's just getting started on that process.

"It's way different from high school. I've still got a lot of learning to do as far as like techniques and stuff. The way we ran routes in high school, they run different in college. And the hand signals we've got here, they're different from high school.

"Route running, for example, I try like running in front of the (defensive back) instead of attacking his shoulder and keeping straight. I had to get used to that. As far as slants, they want us inside release, sticking it, go. In high school, I used technique, but not that much technique. I've got to get used to it every day in college."

Sanders, who was rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, knows he can't rely solely on his nature athletic ability anymore. His Ole Miss career will begin to take shape over his true freshman season, meaning he'll need an added dedication to mastering his technique.

"In high school we played against some teams not so good, and I wouldn't have to use it," he said. "Here in college, I'm going against good DBs every day. So I've got to get used to using technique all the time, not some of the time."

The one sure thing is his attitude. Sanders is willing to do whatever he can to help.

"I know I'm behind, but if they need me to go in, I'll go in. If they call me, I'll do it. It's no problem."

Sanders was almost a teammate again of his former high school teammate, Patrick Patterson. But when Patterson was let go, that ended the possibility. Sanders appears to be taking it all in stride.

"Not really," Sanders said concerning if it bothered him that Patterson would not be an Ole Miss teammate.

Vincent Sanders

"A lot of people had a lot of hype on me and Pat playing together. It would have been nice, and he's a good player. He opened things up for other receivers. But we've just got to move on. I've got to be excited to play with Markeith Summers and Lionel Breaux and Jesse Grandy. So it's not a big deal."

He says those players and others on the team, who he deems as the Ole Miss family, have been special in his short adjustment period in college.

"I want to thank the whole Ole Miss family," he said. "Because if it wasn't for them, I'd probably be back in Noxubee. I had times where I felt like, ‘I can't do this.' But they always pulled me up and told me things are going to be alright. They made it to the point where I know it's not like I can't get back up."

His teammates at his position move to the top of that list. Sanders says he was welcomed from the moment he arrived.

"All the wide receivers in the group from day one and all my other teammates, they've made me feel real comfortable real quick," he said. "Once I got here, they treated me like I've been here with them all along. I thank them for that, because I want to be one of them right now."


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