The interior of Ole Miss' offensive line just got worse, as impossible as that is to believe. Hugh Freeze said during his Monday press conference that starting center Robert Conyers, who injured his knee against Memphis, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
That's bad news for a line that, once again, got pushed around on Saturday, converting just one of it's six short-yardage rushing attempts. Yes, the Rebs finally get Laremy Tunsil back this Saturday against A&M, but there's only so much a left tackle can do for the power run game.
The interesting thing here is that Freeze named starting right guard Justin Bell, not Ben Still, as Conyers' replacement. Still started 12 games at the position last season and is listed as the No. 2 on the depth chart, but he's also been horrible while filling in for Conyers this season. Here he is blowing an assignment on a simple stunt after Conyers went down against Bama:
Bell took snaps at center during fall practice, so he should be OK sliding over. Freeze said Rod Taylor and Jordan Sims will take over at right guard.
So here's what the projected starting five looks like for the A&M game:
LT - Laremy Tunsil
LG - Javon Patterson
C - Justin Bell
RG - Rod Taylor
RT - Fahn Cooper
Freeze also said Robert Nkemdiche, Trae Elston and punter Will Gleeson are all going through concussion protocol this week. If you're wondering how the hell a punter gets a concussion, this is how:
Nkemdiche, of course, was hurt while trying to run the ball on a third-and-1, something that hasn't necessarily deterred Freeze from using him on offense again.
Freeze said he'll continue to debate with himself using Robert Nkemdiche on offense. Nkemdiche has already lobbied Freeze for another chance— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) October 19, 2015