Reaching a bowl game could mean one more chance to put on the Ole Miss uniform for tight end Ferbia Allen.
A senior from Pine Bluff, Allen was the team leader in games played (47) and starts (32) when he sustained a torn MCL (knee) against Vanderbilt. He hasn’t played since, but Ole Miss coach Hugh Frreeze is hopeful that Allen can get on the field on Jan. 5 against Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
“I’ve got my fingers cross that Ferbia can brace up and play. I’m sure he’s questionable, but I think everybody else, with the exception of Collins Moore and guys that were lost, I think everybody will be ready to go. The question mark would be Ferbia.”
Allen has seven catches for 123 yards this season, including a 51-yard reception at Georgia.
Freeze rattled off a list of names – more than appear in this quote – when asked Sunday night what young players he was looking forward to seeing on the practice field in preparation for the bowl game.
“Carlos Thompson, Temario Strong … I don’t know D.T.’s (Shackelford) situation, if he can practice in these or not. Then, some of those young offensive linemen like Robert Conyers. I’ll be looking at John Youngblood at some H-back. He needs the extra practice. He’ll have to play that in the spring. D.J. Bailey needs more reps.”
Thompson was recruited as a pass-rushing end. He’s struggled to get on the field in college, and it was thought that he could benefit from a year to get bigger and stronger.
Bailey was second-team all-state at Coahoma Community College as a freshman. His sophomore season ended after two games with an ACL injury, and he was redshirted this season.
He went on to mention some other guys who played this season, backup quarterback Barry Brunetti and defensive back Mike Hilton among them.