An Ole Miss team that can’t afford any more physical or emotional setbacks suffered another one against Georgia Southern. John Youngblood, a senior who wears Chucky Mullins’ revered No. 38 jersey, was carted off the field with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury during the first quarter.
Two quarters later, star quarterback Chad Kelly limped off with an ankle injury that will undergo and MRI this week. Ole Miss still managed to win the game, 37-27.
Youngblood is a defensive end by trade, but was playing linebacker when he took a shot to his leg while trying to make a tackle on the Rebels’ second defensive possession. The medical team was on the field quickly and applied an air cast before loading him onto the cart.
The recent return of starter Fadol Brown freed up Youngblood to try his hand at linebacker, the latest in a long line of experiments to fix a woefully incompetent position. Brown appears to finally be healthy, as he played heavy minutes on Saturday and looked good doing it.