In a late radio show on Thursday, Lane Kiffin said he thought he spoke for Jaxson Dart in saying Dart would return for another season in Oxford.
No big deal, just a potential Heisman candidate for 2024 currently leading the Rebels to a possible 10-win season. What a time to be alive.
A third season at Ole Miss for the rising senior Dart would give him a chance to climb the record books and also attempt to get the Rebels into the newly expanded 12-team College Football Playoff bracket.
Currently, Dart has passed for 5,553 yards in his Ole Miss career with two regular season games and a bowl game hanging out there this season. That’s good enough for eighth all time in career passing yards just behind Jordan Ta’amu - Eli Manning’s 10,119 yards seems like a huge stretch goal right now, but if there’s one thing I can say about Kiffin, he loves players making history.
The bigger record is Bo Wallace’s total offensive yards for his career at 10,478, which Dart would have a real shot at given his more than 1,000 rushing yards already tallied. Wallace hopped on X last night to say Dart is about to “shatter everything” if he stays.
Now, the one thing I’d say about this announcement is the timing seems a little off right before a Louisiana-Monroe game on Saturday and Egg Bowl looming on Thanksgiving. It’s also a little odd its not coming directly from Dart. Kiffin has been known to be very particular with his wording as well to hint things to come, but this is how he phrased it:
“He’s said he’s coming back so we’re planning on him being back next year,” Kiffin said on RebTalk.
Pretty cut and dry. Another season with Dart in Oxford could set up some of the highest expectations from Ole Miss fans in decades.