OK, so Monday was technically the second day of Ole Miss’ fall camp—the Rebs reported on Sunday—but it was the first day of media availability and therefore the first day that we got to hear anything of substance.
Leading the list of newsworthy information is Hugh Freeze’s revelation that left tackle Jeremy Liggins is sitting out for an indefinite period of time because of "a violation of team standards." Despite being listed as the projected starter in the early (and meaningless) preseason depth chart, Liggins probably wasn’t starting as the blind side protector anyway.
Daniel Paulling of The Clarion-Ledger reported that the offensive line reps were distributed thusly:
|1st team||Alex Givens||Javon Patterson||Robert Conyers||Jordan Sims||Sean Rawlings|
|2nd team||Rod Taylor||Tyler Putman||Jacob Feeley||Daronte Bouldin||Michael Howard|
|3rd team||Greg Little||Jack DeFoor||Eli Johnson||Chandler Tuitt||Talbot Buys|
Here’s some other notable info that came out of Monday’s media availability:
Charles Wiley is being allowed to practice.
The freshman defensive end was initially suspended from all team activities after being arrested on a charge of domestic violence two weeks ago. Freeze said that Wiley was practicing but wouldn’t play if the season started today. The police report on the incident—which ended in both Wiley and his girlfriend being arrested—was scarce on details, but Freeze said the info he’d acquired was enough to keep Wiley on the practice field.
Fadol Brown isn’t practicing, but he’s out of his walking boot.
That’s a great sign for a guy who’s taken an alarming amount of time to heal up from a foot fracture that he had surgery for back in December.
DE Fadol Brown’s sign to Freeze at practice today on his health? A thumbs up. "I’m sure there’s an emoji for that," Freeze said.— Davis Potter (@DPotterOE) August 8, 2016
Having Brown back in time for the opener could be critical to slowing down Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. Until then, John Youngblood is filling in as the first-team strong-side defensive end.
Eric Swinney took first-team reps at running back.
Let’s not get too lost in reading the training camp tea leaves, but it’s interesting that the redshirt freshman, who missed last season with an injury, took the field in front of presumed favorites Akeem Judd (who took second-team reps) and Jordan Wilkins (third team). Swinney was the talk of spring camp after ripping off a handful of highlight runs, but most figured he was still a year away from competing for the top spot on the depth chart. It looks like Hugh Freeze is at least giving him a chance to compete for it.
Tony Conner and Issac Gross are back on the practice field.
Conner, who was in and out of the lineup last season after tearing his meniscus in Tuscaloosa, wore a brace on his surgically repaired knee. Gross, who missed most of 2015 after suffering what at one point was rumored to be a career-threatening neck injury, has been given the green light to make a full return to contact. Chuck Rounsaville of the Ole Miss Spirit claims the 260-pound nose tackle was doing backflips on the practice field.