Posted: 9:06 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
By The Ghost of Jay Cutler
The official full Ole Miss Rebel depth chart was released on the Ole Miss Sports mothership earlier today. The two deep we should expect to see against Vandy is as follows:
There are not too many surprises. On offense, Laquon Treadwell gets the nod at slot with JaMes Logan moving outside due to Vince Sanders' broken collarbone. Laremy Tunsil and Austin Golson are waiting in the wings of the upperclassmen tackles. Robert Conyers could become a legitimate option at center. And Justin Bell has worked his way into a starting role up front.
The real story of the offense though is the tight end situation, where true freshman Evan Engram earns the starting role, and converted running back Nick Parker will play as his backup and in certain situations.
On defense, Robert Nkemdiche unsurprisingly earns a starting role at one of the end spots. Woody Hamilton gets the nod over Issac Gross, who is coming off of sports hernia surgery. Lavon Hooks is currently a second teamer but will certainly get plenty of snaps as the defensive line will rotate pretty frequently as games progress. D.T. Shackelford is in the two-deep at defensive end and linebacker, which is pretty good for a guy who hasn't played SEC football in two years. The defensive backfield, outside of Cody Prewitt, is either a gigantic question mark or the epitome of parity, as coaches don't yet know who will start against Vandy at either corner or the strong safety spot (at least as far as the released depth chart is concerned).
On special teams, we have a two deep at holder and longsnapper? That's a thing? Jeff Scott as the primary punt returner is an excellent move in my view. He moves well and has excellent hands. And it's good to see Kailo Moore in a kick returning role, as he is reportedly already the fastest player on the team.
What are your thoughts on the Ole Miss depth chart?