Eason trying to hang on to ball, job

It’s not that Cordera Eason isn’t willing to confront his own flaws.

However, Ole Miss’ junior tailback doesn’t want to talk and think about his occasional problems with ball security so much that it becomes a mental bugaboo that ruins the season he’s looked forward to for so long.
Still, Eason, whose Ole Miss career has been plagued _ mostly in practice _ by a tendency to fumble, hasn’t run from the problem this offseason. Instead, he’s tried to walk the fine line of working on his problems without letting them paralyze him.
“I’ve been doing some things, drills and stuff, in the offseason to help me keep the ball,” Eason said during an interview with media last week. “They gave me a slippery ball to hold and sleep with at night and keep with me at all times. I walk around with a ball most of the time. I’m trying to help me improve holding onto the ball and helping me with my game.

“Coach (Derrick Nix) told me my running style is I think about it too much and when you think about it, that’s when it happens. You have to make it second nature. The way I run the ball, I try to run aggressively and I try not to think about and sometimes I get carried away and move the ball away from my ball and that’s why I have incidents with fumbles and things like that. I have to try not to think about it and make it second nature. It’s the way I run. Sometimes I try to get too aggressive in the hole and the ball gets away from my body and that’s when defenders come from behind you and know the ball loose and you lose control. Now I try not to think about it.”

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7/21/08