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Football season has come and gone and all attention is on recruiting and National Signing Day quickly approaching Feb. 6. But what about the guys already on the roster that will be back at it again next fall?
Let’s take a look at what the depth chart will look like next season without the new freshman:
Bo Wallace will undoubtedly be the leader under center, but with Wallace resting his surgically repaired shoulder during the spring, it will give Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller an opportunity to make up some ground at the position.
Depending on how Miller and any freshman does during fall camp, Brunetti could be found at running back next fall.
1. Bo Wallace
2. Barry Brunetti
This seems to be the one of the deepest position for the Rebels. Jeff Scott is the leading returner, while Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers will have an entire offseason in the weight room and film room to improve their play in 2013.
If Nick Parker continues to mold his body in the offseason like he did last year, he could enter into the mix at running back as well.
1. Jeff Scott
2a. Jaylen Walton
2b. I’Tavius Mathers
If there’s any position where Hugh Freeze doesn’t have to worry, it’s wide receiver. The Rebels have a lot of talent at the position, led by Donte Moncrief. Vince Sanders and Ja-Mes Logan also round up the top of the rotation.
Philander Moore and Korvic Neat will be looking to get more engaged in the offense in their senior seasons, while Collins Moore will be a key returning piece after missing most of 2012 with a shoulder injury.
Cody Core is another guy that could move into the rotation if he doesn’t end up changing positions.
1. Donte Moncrief
2. Vince Sanders
1. Ja-Mes Logan
2. Collins Moore
This is the area of need for Ole Miss on offense with both starters – Ferbia Allen and Jamal Mosley – gone.
John Youngblood will get the majority of reps in spring drills, but there’s a lot of work to be done the provide depth at tight end.
1. John Youngblood
2. Dylan Dyer
Ole Miss only losses one starter on the offensive line in A.J. Hawkins, but it’s still a big area of concern for the Rebel offense.
At tackle, Pierce Burton and Emmanuel McCray were solid, but the Rebels need depth.
Aaron Morris is the lone returner at guard, and he’s the most gifted lineman on the team. Justin Bell and Jared Duke will battle at the other guard position.
Evan Swindall returns at center, but Ben Still will have a year under him and could challenge for playing time.
1. Emmanuel McCray
2. Derrick Wilson
1. Aaron Morris
2. Jared Duke
1. Evan Swindall
2. Ben Still
1. Justin Bell
2. Robert Conyers
1. Pierce Burton
2. Patrick Junen
The Rebels lost a lot on the defensive front, but a lot of talent remains as well.
C.J. Johnson leads things at defensive end, and everyone is looking forward to seeing how much of an impact Channing Ward can have after a season in the weight room.
Issac Gross will lead things at defensive tackle, while Bryon Bennett will also be a big body in the middle of the defense.
1. C.J. Johnson
2. Channing Ward
3. Cameron Whigham
4. Carlos Thompson
1. Issac Gross
2. Bryon Bennett
3. Carlton Martin
4. Woodrow Hamilton
Ole Miss will return virtually everyone at linebacker with Joel Kight being the only loss from the 2012 team.
In the middle of the defense, Mike Marry will be key, but with the return of D.T. Shackelford, Marry is likely to come off the bench. At Stinger, Denzel Nkemdiche is a shoe-in for the starting job, and with the season he had as a redshirt freshman, there’s no reason to think otherwise.
Mike Hilton looked good playing the Huskie position for the Rebels, and with another year to get better, I expect big things for Hilton.
The next question is if Cody Prewitt slides down to linebacker? If so, where does he fit? I see Prewitt playing behind Nkemdiche at the Stinger spot.
1. D.T. Shackelford
2. Mike Marry
3. Keith Lewis
1. Denzel Nkemdiche
2. Cody Prewitt
3. Serderius Bryant
1. Mike Hilton
2. Brishen Mathews
As it seems to be each year, Ole Miss will have some question marks to have a deep pool at corner.
Charles Sawyer will be the leading returner, while Senquez Golson will hope to improve off a good sophomore year to be an impact player for the Rebels.
1. Charles Sawyer
2. Senquez Golson
3. Dehendret Collins
4. Quintavius Burdette
5. Louis Covington
With Prewitt possibly making a move to linebacker, Ole Miss will have to fill some holes.
At Rover, Trae Elston showed sparks of being a big playmaker in his debut season, and Chief Brown made some plays when he got in the game as well.
1. Trae Elston
2. Chief Brown
3. Frank Crawford
Despite losing place kicker Bryson Rose, Ole Miss’ special teams should be in good hands in 2013 with Andrew Ritter and Tyler Campbell both being redshirted.
1. Andrew Ritter
2. Nathan Noble
1. Tyler Campbell
1. Andrew Ritter
2. Nathan Noble
1. Chris Conley
2. Robert Ratliff
1. Will Denny
2. Will Few
1. Jaylen Walton
2. Carlos Davis
1. Jeff Scott
2. Korvic Neat