Sean Rawlings was asked to contribute last year when Laremy Tunsil missed the first seven games with an NCAA suspension.
Rawlings had to play right tackle, while Fahn Cooper filled in directly for Tunsil at left tackle. Rawlings had his ups and downs last season, but in totality filled in admirably and gained valuable experience.
Rawlings looks to be the starter at right tackle this season with Cooper and Tusnil both having moved on to the NFL.
“I think we are doing great,” Rawlings said. “I think we have made progress every day. We are most certainly going to be ready for the first game against Florida State. And there are still things we still have to work on, just communicating, as always, but I feel like we have done a good job so far. There’s always room for improvement.”
The Rebels recruited heavily among the offensive line in the 2016 class, and Rawlings believes that the class could be really talented.
“They are fast learners, especially Greg,” Rawlings said. “Greg is a special guy. I think he plays hard, practices hard and he’s going to be special. Then you have guys like Royce Newman, who is also going to be special. You have guys like Eli Johnson. All of these guys coming in as freshman, they are going to be really good players.”
Ole Miss is led this year by Chad Kelly who turned down the NFL and came back to Oxford for his senior year. Rawlings noted that having a veteran quarterback such as Kelly provides an advantage for the Rebels.
“It helps a lot,” Rawlings said. “You have a guy back there that’s confident and knows what he’s doing. That helps 100 percent and that gives us confidence too, having a guy back there like Chad.”
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