Ole Miss cornerback Ken Webster and linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes were arrested for shoplifting on Tuesday night, according to multiple reports. According to the Ole Miss Spirit, they allegedly stole $158 worth of cleaning supplies from Wal-Mart. Through a university spokesperson, interim head coach Matt Luke said, “We are gathering facts on the matter.” Rebel Media Day is taking place at 3 p.m. CT today (Wednesday), so we might hear more about it later.
Possible suspensions could have an effect on the defense, as both players were expected to contribute heavily this season. Both Webster and Bing-Dukes are listed as starters on the depth chart handed out at SEC Media Days.
Webster, a junior, started every game in 2015 before suffering a knee injury on the first defensive series against Florida State in 2016 that knocked him out for the rest of the year. In 2015, he was third on the team with 12 passes defended, and also had 41 tackles, three tackles for a loss, and one interception.
Bing-Dukes, also a junior, received the Jeff Hamm Memorial Award as spring ball’s most improved defensive player. A transfer from Iowa Western CC by way of Georgia, he played in 10 games with three starts last season, totaling 41 tackles.
If the two players are suspended, their teammates will have to step up in their absence. Cornerback Jaylon Jones, who is listed as a co-starter with Webster on the depth chart, would figure to get the majority of the snaps there, and Donta Evans would fill in at middle linebacker for Bing-Dukes.