David Johnson of 247Sports was first to report over the weekend that Utah Utes offensive lineman Orlando Umana is set to transfer to Ole Miss.
The former All-Pac 12 interior lineman started 26 games during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Umana only played in one game in 2020 due to an injury, but the now-healed lineman should provide significant depth to new offensive line Jake Thornton’s room.
This addition will seemingly free up Ole Miss to have some flexibility to move returning starter Ben Brown back to guard and let Umana slide in at center in 2021. The Sacramento, Calif. native played in 40 games as a Ute and was a part of a very successful SP+ rushing offense, finishing top-25 in standard downs and top-35 in line yards per carry.
This is a special play and effort by Orlando Umana. Leaves the down lineman to get chip on LB to break the TD.— Hans Olsen (@975Hans) October 1, 2019
Utah's Oline had some excellent moments. pic.twitter.com/91ttw8kw6e
Former Ute, Zach Moss, ran behind the 6-foot-4, 311-pounder in Salt Lake City en route to 1,416 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2019. In doing so, he was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and was later drafted by the Buffalo Bills.
Again, it cannot be stated enough how this helps the Rebels up front and gives them someone with Power 5 experience coming off a year where they led the Southeastern conference in rushing yards per game.