Wilson Ready For Next Challenge

Pride Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2011


Deron Wilson feels like a veteran coming into this spring. Using a redshirt year to get his feet under him, then bursting onto the scene last season and showing incredible potential, he is now gearing up for a big year in the new defensive scheme. He took time after practice to talk with GoldenEaglePride.com about spring practice.

“My redshirt year was really a year of learning and trying to get to know the system better, getting my body bigger, and taking care of school,” he said of the value of his years of experience.

“It was a great year as far as doing those things. It helped me a lot for last year, because I gained about 10 pounds, got up to 170, and that was one of the biggest things for me. Last year I watched a lot of film with C.J. Bailey, and things like that really brought me to this point. Coach Brown has been instrumental in my development as well.”

He is taking what he learned from the veterans and utilizing his chance to make that difference in his younger teammates.

“I feel like I am a leader, and I try to get the younger guys to step up in a bigger role so they can help the team.”

Wilson believes he will be able to thrive in the new system as well. “It’s great, it is more wide open where we can make more plays,” he said. “It is very versatile, and we can do a lot more things and it really frees us to do what we do best. Everyone is excited about it.”

One player Wilson talked about that could have an impact in the new system that utilized a variety of defensive backs is redshirt freshman Furious Bradley. Not only a member of the all-name team, Bradley has been turning heads in spring practice.

“The one person that is standing out is Furious Bradley,” he said. “Him, Clifford Johnson, and Marcal Robinson are playing real well. I think those guys are going to be big surprises when the fall rolls around.”

He continued about Bradley. “He has a motor,” he said. “He plays hard every play, and in the last scrimmage Friday he probably made three tackles down the field from the other side of the field. He takes great angles and goes and gets the ball.”

Wilson also had good things to say about co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch. “He is real intense,” he said. “He is the type of guy that says, even if you make a mistake, I want you going hard all the time. We can fix those mistakes, and we can watch film and correct those. He just wants us intense and going hard.”

Stay tuned to GoldenEaglePride.com for full coverage of Southern Miss spring practice.


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