By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels took to practice in full pads for the first time of fall camp on Saturday.
Following practice, junior wide receiver Jonathan Mingo met with members of the media and discussed how camp is progressing. This season, Mingo Braylon Sanders and Dontario Drummond, along with the rest of the receiving corps, have to replace Elijah Moore.
“We’re a special group with a lot of veterans coming back,” Mingo said. “Everybody’s here to make plays.”
Last season as a sophomore, the Brandon, Mississippi, native, played in all 10 games with 27 receptions for 379 yards and three touchdowns. This season, Mingo said that for him to continue his success he needs to “play fast and confident” while not thinking about it too much. He said he plans to play in the moment and just be the best version of himself.
During the offseason, Mingo said that he “wanted to get his body right” with mobility and flexibility. He said he wants to get “in a better state of mind … by playing more confident and fast to be in the best situation I can put myself in for the upcoming season.”
Ole Miss comes into the 2021 season with a lot of preseason expectations and Top 25 rankings after a 26-20 win in the Outback Bowl to close out the 2020 season.
“It’s pretty cool that we are getting the recognition that we all want,” Mingo said. “We got to go out there and take it one game at a time.” … He said that the team can’t focus on what everybody thinks of us. We got to try and get better every day and everything unfold and play in our hands.
Ole Miss will have its first scrimmage on Sunday inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
“I’m very excited to get back in the Vaught,” he said. “It’s going to be fun tomorrow (to) get ready to compete and dominate the defense, just make plays and have fun.”