Jeremy Liggins was back on the practice field on Friday afternoon, the first time he’s been allowed to work out with the team during fall camp. The big fella isn’t out of the dog house just yet, though: Hugh Freeze confirmed to reporters that it’ll be another two weeks before the backup left tackle is fully reinstated. That means Liggins won’t play in the season opener against Florida State on Sept. 5.
Freeze announced the suspension on the first day of camp two weeks ago, saying that Liggins had committed an unspecified “violation of team standards.”
Big Lig’s absence in Orlando isn’t a particularly harmful blow. Though he was named the starting left tackle when the first preseason depth chart was released last month, Liggins probably never had a great shot to keep that lead through camp. Converted guard Rod Taylor has taken most of the reps with the starting unit and Freeze named him the leader for the job during a media session on Tuesday. Redshirt freshman Alex Givens seems to have moved to right tackle, leaving five-star true freshman Greg Little to take most of the second-team reps.
It sounds like Little is still swimming a bit.
“It’s unfortunate that a lot of people want to compare him to Laremy Tunsil as a junior. Laremy didn’t start until, I believe, game four of his freshman year,” Freeze said on Tuesday, via The Ole Miss Spirit. “Greg’s going to be a really good player. Things are moving real fast for him and he’s got to play the game a little faster, but he’s everything we thought he’d be. He’s a really good player.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Liggins factors in once he returns, presumably during the run-up to the Rebs’ Week 2 game against Wofford in Oxford. There will be plenty of garbage time in that one, which should allow Freeze to let both Liggins and Little see some playing time.