Ole Miss cornerback Kendarius Webster, who started every game in 2015 and figured to be the top pass defender for the Rebs this season, suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his knee early in Ole Miss' loss to Florida State on Monday night. While defending a deep pass on FSU's opening possession of the game, Webster came down awkwardly, his left knee buckling at a sickening angle. He immediately crumpled to ground and was in obvious pain as a cart carried him into the locker room.
Heartbreaking: Ole Miss DB Ken Webster in tears while being carted off with a leg injury. pic.twitter.com/FmA0GhLAsb— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 6, 2016
On Tuesday afternoon, Webster shared on Twitter that he is in fact out for the season.
It's a serious blow to a team light on experience in the secondary. The next man up on the depth chart is junior Carlos Davis, who was picked on early and often by FSU quarterback Deondre Francois. The other starting cornerback, Tony Bridges, was abused as well as Francois racked up over 400 yards passing during his first ever collegiate game.
Webster added 10 pounds during the offseason and had been pegged by coaches to have a big junior campaign.
"Ken, he’s had an incredible offseason," cornerbacks coach Jason Jones told The Clarion-Ledger. "He’s worked his tail off all spring, all summer, in the weight room. You can see it in practice, the plays that he’s making. When he’s going up against the wide receivers, he’s able to hold his own and not just putting bodies on them, just going up and getting the ball and things like that."