Freshman JUCO Corner One To Watch

Tony Bridges

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College freshman defensive back Tony Bridges is a name to remember for next year.

Perkinston, Miss.--A standout wide receiver and defensive back from Hattiesburg, speedy Tony Bridges was forced to start his college football career on the junior college level at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Playing full-time on defense this season, the 6-2, 185 Bridges has already made some noise on a team loaded with Division I prospects.

Getting some early interest from Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, and several schools, the freshman cornerback said he already has a list of schools he wants to choose from next year. Now the waiting begins.

"LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Texas, Ole Miss," Bridges told Inside The Auburn Tigers of his interests. "That's basically it.

"I didn't sign with anyone out of high school," Bridges added. "I'm just leaving my options open. I'm looking for the best place that fits me."

With blazing speed and still learning how to play the position, the upside is tremendous for a player that played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic last year. Rated a three-star prospect coming out of high school, he has the tools to become a hot commodity for the 2015 class coming out of MGCCC.

Last week the Bulldogs entered a game against Jones County Community College ranked number one in the nation. Despite a huge game from Auburn commitment D'haquille Williams at wide receiver, Mississippi Gulf Coast was upset in a shootout. Forced to play without several starters on defense, including Auburn safety commitment Derrick Moncrief, Bridges said it was a long night, but it was a learning experience for many of the young players including himself.

"They came out early throwing the ball and we've got to get a little better on team defense," Bridges said. "Guys got out of order a little bit technique-wise. This week we've just got to get better. They just beat us deep on a couple of balls. I know I gave up one on a slant, but I came back and got that right. I broke up one later in the endzone. We're going to keep on fighting. It was just a downfall tonight, but we're going to take care of this."

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