Freshman Davison Igbinosun making a name for himself in Ole Miss fall camp
According to members of the current Rebels’ football team, that definition is correct when it comes to the freshman. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back from Union (N.J.) High School has turned the heads of many of his new teammates early in fall camp.
“Davison Igbinosun has really stood out to me (early in camp) as a freshman cornerback,” linebacker Austin Keys said.
“He came in and you know he already looked like a vet.”
Ole Miss LB Austin Keys on Davison Igbinosun
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Ladarius Tennison, who transferred to Ole Miss after two seasons at Auburn, also has been impressed with the rookie. He was asked after Monday’s practice which newcomer has made an impression on him and he answered quickly.
“Davison, the cornerback,” Tennison said. “Being a freshman and picking up on plays and making plays that’s a guy I see that you know making a lot of plays and becoming a great player.”
During his high school career, Davison collected 211 tackles, defended 19 passes, and picked off seven for the Union Farmers.
But according to one of his new coaches, he is not resting on his past laurels.
“(Igbinosun) has been here since January. So, if he hasn’t grown, we have issues,” Ole Miss defensive coordinator Chris Partridge said.
“He’s in a great competition with 11 other corners in camp. He has to fight every day, but he’s grown since January, out there competing. It’s good to see him do that, like everyone else.”
Coach Partridge on Igbinosun
Another veteran player believes Igbinosun has grown and is impressed with the freshman.
“There are a lot of guys standing out. It’s hard to pick out just one guy out of each one,” linebacker Ashanti Cistrunk said. “Out of the freshmen, I’d say Davison Igbinosun. He’s stood out to me.
Igbinosun’s pedigree is as impressive as his performance in fall camp.
Union, his alma mater, has produced four NFL players and even cooler, it is where actor Robert Wuhl of Bull Durham and Arliss fame attended high school.
If Igbinosun lives up to early expectations, his surname might become synonymous with another word – dominant.
Steve Barnes joins The Rebel Walk staff as a senior writer and brings a trifecta of journalistic experience. As a writer, he has covered college sports for Rivals.com, Football.com and SaturdayDownSouth.com as well as served as a beat writer for various traditional newspapers.
He has been a broadcaster for arena football and several national tournament events for the National Junior College Athletic Association as well as hosting various shows on radio.
A former sports information director at Albany (Ga.) State University and an assistant at Troy and West Florida, he has helped host many NCAA conference, regional and national events, including serving five years on the media committee of the NCAA Division II World Series.
Barnes, a native of Pensacola, Fla., attended Ole Miss in 1983-84, where his first journalism teacher was David Kellum. The duo has come a long way since that time.
He will bring a proven journalistic track record, along with a knack for finding the out-of-the-ordinary story angles to The Rebel Walk.
Barnes continues to reside in Pensacola a mere ten minutes from the beach because he does have taste and a brain.