Akeem Judd

What does the roster look like after the first full week of fall practices?

Ole Miss is one week into August practices, and the Rebels' season-opening tilt with Florida State is fast-approaching. How is the roster shaking out? Who's made a move? Who's fallen back? The Spirit takes a look.

Offense:

LT – Alex Givens, Rod Taylor, Greg Little

LG – Javon Patterson, Tyler Putman, Royce Newman

C – Robert Conyers, Sean Rawlings, Jacob Feeley, Eli Johnson

RG – Jordan Sims, Daronte Bouldin, Chandler Tuitt

RT – Sean Rawlings, Michael Howard, Bryce Mathews

 

TE – Evan Engram, Taz Zettergren, Octavious Cooley, (heavy sets) Ty Quick

RB – Akeem Judd OR Jordan Wilkins OR Eric Swinney, Eugene Brazley

QB – Chad Kelly, Shea Patterson OR Jason Pellerin

 

WR – Damore’ea Stringfellow, DaMarkus Lodge, A.J. Brown

SLOT – Van Jefferson, Markell Pack, Tre’ Nixon

WR – Quincy Adeboyejo, Derrick, Jones, D.K. Metcalf 

Spirit's Take:

Offensively, not much has changed for Ole Miss after one week of practices. The offensive line is still a work in progress, and don’t be surprised if there’s a bit of musical chairs there as offensive line coach Matt Luke mixes and matches to find the best starting five come Florida State Sept. 5. Sean Rawlings, for example, is currently running with the first team at right tackle. He could very well make his way to center, while No. 1 left tackle Alex Givens could end up at right tackle should one of Rod Taylor or Greg Little emerge. Taylor also has the versatility to slide inside to either left or right guard. The next few weeks should be quite interesting for the wide receivers. How does the rotation shake out with uncertainty surrounding injured veteran Markell Pack? Should Quincy Adeboyejo — right now listed as a starter on the outside — be shifted into the slot to make up for Pack's absence, the door would be open for highly-touted freshmen A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf, both of which has impressed so far. Brown has proven advanced for his age, flashing polish not often seen from a true freshman in the SEC. We knew he had the look, but he’s even surpassed his already sky-high expectations. Octavious Cooley has turned heads as well, and the former four-star tight end is positioning himself to be the team’s No. 3 tight end.

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Eric Swinney

Defense: 

DE – Marquis Haynes, Victor Evans, Charles Wiley

NT – D.J. Jones, Issac Gross, Ross Donelly, Herbert Moore

DT – Breeland Speaks, Benito Jones, Josiah Coatney, Austrian Robinson

DE – * John Youngblood, Garrard McDowell, Shawn Curtis

(* Starter Fadol Brown currently injured)

 

LB – Rommel Mageo, Dedric Bing-Dukes, Temario Strong

LB – Demarquis Gates, Terry Caldwell, Temario Strong

CB – Ken Webster, Carlos Davis, Jalen Julius

CB – Tony Bridges, Kailo Moore, Cam Ordway

FS – C.J. Hampton OR Zedrick Woods, Armani Linton

ROVER – Myles Hartsfield, C.J. Moore, Deontay Anderson

HUSKY  Tony Conner, A.J. Moore, Montrell Custis


Spirit's Take:

The Ole Miss defense returns one of the strongest defensive lines in the SEC, but there are serious questions everywhere else, despite a nice collection of talent. Senior end Fadol Brown, who has been sidelined with a stress fracture in his foot, recently began a running program, and the hope is he’ll begin individual drills on Sunday. Still, despite his absence, the front has been impressive, and newcomers Josiah Coatney and Qaadir Shepard have the look of big-time contributors, though Shepard will have to sit out the 2016 season due to transfer rules. The linebackers, like the offensive line, is a work in progress. Transfer Rommel Mageo is slowly coming along, but the speed of practice, according to head coach Hugh Freeze, has been an adjustment for him. How quickly can he get his feet under him? That remains to be seen. The new safeties are a concern, as the experience lost in the departures of Trae Elston and Mike Hilton isn’t easily replaced. What they lack in experience, however, they make up for in talent. Myles Hartsfield burst onto the scene in the spring, and he hasn’t slowed down yet. Zedrick Woods is pushing C.J. Hampton, while Deontay Anderson appears to be a star in the making. But while the defense has its issues early, the coaching staff can take solace in an impressive core led by Demarquis Gates, D.J. Jones, Breeland Speaks and Marquis Haynes.

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Quincy Adeboyejo and Ken Webster

Stock Report: Instant-Impact Newcomers

(Which newcomers are best positioned to make an impact against Florida State? List subject to change each week)

1. Myles Hartsfield

2. A.J. Brown

3. Alex Givens

4. Jalen Julius

5. Octavious Cooley


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