January 23, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. -- Senquez Golson will not be a member of the Ole Miss baseball team this season, instead concentrating on football from this point forward, UM head baseball coach Mike Bianco told me Tuesday morning.
“Senquez and I met recently and talked about his future and he has decided at this time that he wants to focus on football,” Bianco said. “As such, he will not be participating in baseball this spring and will instead be going through spring drills and continue to work with the football team in preparation for the 2013 season."
Golson is coming off a successful sophomore season on the football field, as the cornerback had interceptions in the last three games to help Ole Miss to a 7-6 season and a BBVA Compass Bowl win over Pittsburgh.
On the baseball field, Golson hit .204 in 54 at-bats as a freshman, including one hit in his final 32 at-bats of the season. He was not on the travel roster during the postseason. He did, however display his elite athleticism several times in the outfield. Golson also had the game-winning RBI in Ole Miss' series-clinching victory over then-No. 1 Florida on April 1.
Golson arrived at Ole Miss with much publicity, as the Red Sox took him in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft and offered a seven-figure signing bonus, spread out over five years, to bypass college. The Pascagoula, Miss., native's negotiations went down to the deadline and even flew to Boston on the final day but ultimately turned down the offer and enrolled at Ole Miss.
Ole Miss baseball begins its season on Feb. 15 against TCU in Oxford. With Golson's decision, the Rebels have reached their required 35-man roster limit. Right-handed pitcher Connor Jordan and two-way player Casey Greene also recently left the program.
"(Golson) is a tremendous young man and has been a pleasure to work with this past year," Bianco said. "We know he will continue to be successful on the football field and will be watching with excitement when Coach Freeze and the Rebels start their season again this fall.”