Why some of Ole Miss football’s biggest stars may not play in Saturday’s spring game


OXFORD — Ole Miss out on soccer has not practiced at full toughness substantially this spring, and Saturday’s Grove Bowl is not going to be significantly distinctive.

The Rebels host their once-a-year spring scrimmage at Vaught Hemingway Stadium on Saturday (noon, SEC Network+). As has been the situation all spring, injuries will participate in a enormous issue in which players are accessible for the scrimmage.

Receiver and restricted end are the placement groups that have been strike toughest. At just one place in the spring, Ole Skip experienced to play a scrimmage devoid of any restricted ends, while junior Casey Kelly and USC transfer Michael Trigg have returned to practice. At vast receiver, all people from Jonathan Mingo to Jalen Knox to Jordan Watkins to Bralon Brown have skipped time. Watkins stated he expects to play but the other receivers assortment from questionable to out.

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Ole Skip mentor Lane Kiffin suggests he hasn’t made a decision what the format of the scrimmage will be or how the coaches will do the job all-around some of their roster shortcomings.

“I don’t know,” Kiffin mentioned Tuesday. “We will in all probability draft groups just so it truly is fun for them. But as far as the tackling and all that, we’ll determine that out later.”

All those injury and depth problems have persisted in other places, not just at receiver and limited close, this spring. Iowa Point out transfer security Isheem Youthful has not practiced much or scrimmaged at all coming again from injuries. Working again and TCU transfer Zach Evans skipped time past week since of a death in his loved ones. And considering that the Rebels’ deep class of freshman linebackers will never get there right until just after spring, Kiffin mentioned the crew has experienced to attempt some gamers out of place to maintain numbers going in the middle of the defense.

Other positions are further now than they have been at any position since Kiffin took in excess of after the 2019 time. In certain, the defensive line is stocked with a lot more rotational parts than the earlier two seasons, and Ole Miss is stocked with a great deal of cornerbacks immediately after two many years of major recruiting at the place and plenty of returning gamers with in-activity knowledge.

Defensive line transfers Jared Ivey and JJ Pegues as properly as early-enrolled freshmen Davison Igbinosun and Jarell Stinson in the secondary insert to these deep teams, making them the placement groups most very well-outfitted to show a few or 4 traces of players in a scrimmage.

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This write-up initially appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Ole Miss football will never be at total strength for Saturday’s Grove Bowl


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