Impact Freshmen: Dominique Sullivan

The stock piling of talent that Southern Miss has been bringing in through recruiting is paying immediate dividends as more and more true freshmen are seeing playing time. GoldenEaglePride.com has been featuring some of those freshmen, and today after practice we talked with wide receiver Dominique Sullivan about his adjustment to Division One football.

Dominique Sullivan profile

Sullivan came to camp expecting to sit behind Austin Davis, Martevious Young, and Chris Campbell and learn the spread offense from watching the veterans. He was, after all, recruited as a quarterback.

However, the athletic freshman was in for a surprise when he heard how the coaches wanted to use him this year.

"I kinda knew, and some people around the team told me they might move me to receiver," he said. "But, when it happened it was pretty shocking to me to be honest with you. Everything now though is working out great."

What is even more shocking is how quickly Sullivan has learned the offense from the wide receiver position. "I am really enjoying it a lot," he said. "At first I didn't think I was going to be very good at it, but Coach just kept me working at it and helped me out a lot. Now, I love it."

He is loving it even more after getting his first catch against Marshall for 15 yards, and is gaining confidence with each practice and game.

"I am feeling more and more comfortable right now, you know just working real hard in practice," he said. "The game went good and it felt good to be a part and contribute."

Still adjusting, Sullivan not only has to learn a new position but as a freshman has to learn what life is like in Division One football. "The tempo and everything is so much faster than High School," he said of the biggest adjustment for him.

"I need to work on playing faster, and that is coming the more and more that I play."

As have all the freshmen, Sullivan named a few guys that have really helped him in his learning of his new position. "Almost all the older guys have really helped me out quite a bit," he said. "In particular Quinton Pierce, Deon Hodges, William Spight, and some other veterans have stayed after practice to work with me and that has really helped me out a lot."

The toughest part of the new position is not necessary the physical aspect, but the mental aspect of playing receiver. "Getting used to the blocking scheme and learning the coverages has been difficult," he said. "It was easier from the quarterback position because that is what I knew, now I am learning a whole new side of the offense, and it is taking some getting used to."

As he continues to work, expect to see more of #18 catching passes and helping this team even as a true freshman.

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