What we saw and learned during lane kiffin twitter first open practice of the season for Ole Miss football
open practice of the season for Ole Miss football
Ole Miss football conducted its second practice of the season, the first of which was available to the press.
The Rebels seemed to be in good shape. Only tight end Casey Kelly was missing from practice, and only a few key players, such as safety Jake Springer, cornerback Markevious Brown, and defensive lineman Tywone Malone, wore non-contact black jerseys.
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The Clarion Ledger’s observations from Monday’s Rebels practice are as follows:
John Rhys Plumlee is getting used to it.
No one was surprised to see junior John Rhys Plumlee line up as a receiver during Monday’s practice. He donned a blue jersey instead of the traditional white non-contact jersey used by quarterbacks.
Surprisingly, Plumlee spent most of his time as a receiver with the first team. Along with teammates first-teamers Braylon Sanders, Jonathan Mingo, and Dontario Drummond, he played in the slot. In solo and 7-on-7 drills, he caught a couple of difficult passes and ran routes with ease.
During special teams exercises, the converted quarterback also received a couple of punts as a return man.
The defense is haphazard.
Any depth chart prediction at this stage in the season is pointless. But it seems particularly true with this Ole Miss defense because the defense employs so many substitution packages and lines up guys at spots that are only available in certain packages.
Keidron Smith, a three-year starter at cornerback, spent Monday primarily at safety, Otis Reese, Jake Springer, and A.J. Finley are all working in that capacity.
Nickel and dime players like Jalen Jordan and Tylan Knight receive repetitions at this position. With the first team, they all play some variation of that position, although it’s difficult to label anybody as a “starter.”
Some defensive positions are beginning to take form. This year, senior Daylen Gill is working with the linebackers rather than the defensive backs. Chance Campbell, a Maryland transfer, played both outside and inside linebacker.
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JJ Henry and Bralon Brown, both freshmen wide receivers, had some spectacular plays on Monday. Both worked mainly with the second team but rotated with the first for a few repetitions.
Brown, who stands 6-foot-3, displayed his athleticism by going over the top to make a pair of contested receptions in 7-on-7 drills. Henry, a former Texas track and field standout, appeared at ease in the slot, catching passes beneath and across the center.
Jakivuan Brown, a sophomore edge rusher, was one of the defensive players on the second team that produced a couple of spectacular plays. In team exercises against the second-team offensive line, the Horn Lake product broke through for a pair of potential sacks.
The fight for the backup quarterback
For the time being, it seems that freshman Luke Altmyer has the upper hand over redshirt sophomore Kinkead Dent in the fight for Corral’s backup quarterback position. In team drills, Altmyer took almost every second-team rep and threw a couple of clean passes.
Dent spent most of his time with the third squad and fired two or three long balls. Ole Miss only has three scholarship quarterbacks available in practice since Plumlee isn’t playing.