The senior was a third team All-Southeastern Conference preseason selection, but has not played much this season because of a lingering shoulder injury. Sawyer is one of the few veterans on defense as No. 25 Ole Miss (2-0) prepares to face Texas (1-1) on Saturday in Austin, Texas. Ole Miss spokesman Kyle Campbell wrote in a text that coach Hugh Freeze would address Sawyer's arrest at his weekly press conference later Monday. - AP Sports
He'd flashed the ability to be a potential shutdown cornerback a year earlier. After redshirting in 2009, Sawyer quickly developed into one of the Rebels' more reliable defenders, posting 49 tackles and four passes defensed (two interceptions) despite only starting four of 12 games.
Surrounded by a relative lack of talent, Sawyer's big plays in pass defense and surprising toughness as an open-field tackler (especially in run support) made him a fan favorite and Freeze quickly gravitated towards Sawyer as one of the faces of his program, bringing him to represent the university to the SEC Media junction in Birmingham, Alabama.
Head coach Hugh Freeze asked Sawyer to make another position change, moving him to the rover position in his 4-2-5 alignment.
WEAKNESSES: Is smaller than scouts would prefer for a next-level outside corner. Can get over-powered and boxed out by big-bodied receivers when playing the ball in the air.
2013 NFL Division Champs
Get your team gear