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SENQUEZ GOLSONCornerback – Ole Miss2nd Round – 56th Overall RELATED


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Re: Visiting the Steelers and were you surprised they wanted you in the second round:
I had no idea. I talked to all the coaches and everything went well. Coach Tomlin and I had good talks. But I had no idea they would pull the trigger on me this early.

How difficult was it to turn down professional baseball?
It was a process. I actually flew to Boston. I was a 17-year old kid, and I looked down at the paper, and there was a million dollars on it. It was hard to turn down. But football is what I love to do. Football is in my heart. I just followed my heart and it all turned out well.

Did you ever question yourself and ask if you made the wrong decision?
I never questioned myself because I went to Mississippi for a three-thing deal. I got the chance to play football, baseball and get a degree. So I knew out of one of those three routes one of those were going to work out for me.

Re: Being a short cornerback:
That's just something that I am going to have to deal with. Once I get up there and perform – I don't really listen to all of the talk. I've gone against a lot of people in my four years at Ole Miss, 6-3 and 6-4 receivers, some big guys.

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How much did you play inside and outside?**
I played inside more of my freshman year.

Re: Having 10 interceptions in one season and how were you so successful intercepting the ball:
It's just understanding the game. The first three years I kind of got a slow start just because I was just taking my time perfecting my game and understanding football. It just had a lot to do with a lot of film watching (and) a lot of just understanding what's going on out on the field. I think that definitely had a big role in it. Just me understanding the game and getting that experience in.

Do you know anything about Deshea Townsend?
Yeah. I've heard of him. I really don't know much about him, but in know he was a pretty good corner for Pittsburgh.

Re: The state of Mississippi having such a rich football tradition and why that is:
People call us country. We're some country boys so we know how to put in the work.

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Who is your favorite player from Mississippi?**
Terrell Buckley. We come from the same hometown. Definitely that was a guy that I always looked up to and watched.

How many years did you play baseball in college?
I played my freshman year, and I went out my sophomore year for a little while. I stopped playing my sophomore year.

Did you have trouble with the curveball?
Yeah, definitely. That was probably one of my biggest issues was the curveball [laughs].

What is your curveball in football?
I think my technique. If I could go with anything that I need to work on it's just my mechanics and my technique.

Will you need technique to cover receivers in the NFL?
Yes sir. You're right about that.

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Can you cover tall wide receivers?**
Yeah. No doubt about it. I've guarded Mike Evans before. I went against all the receivers at Missouri. You just pull up the film from my four years and I guarded most of the guys that a lot of people have drafted in the first round.

How did you do against Evans?
I did pretty good. I actually matched up on him for like two years straight. Of course he had success on us and I had success on them. We just went back and forth with it. He definitely was the biggest I had out of all my years at Ole Miss.

Which of your 10 interceptions last year was your favorite?
It's a toss-up. Either between the Alabama one or my pick-six because it was my first pick-six.

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