The Rebels are exceptionally thin at a position so important for a team that likes to bring pressure.
New coach Jason Jones, who spent the last five seasons at Oklahoma State, replaces Wesley McGriff and oversees the corners.
The first team reps this week have gone to Quintavius Burdette and Dehendret Collins, place-holders for the starters who haven’t been on the field yet.
Senquez Golson (hamstring) and Charles Sawyer (shoulder, knee) have been dressed out but really haven’t participated.
On media day Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he felt like Sawyer was the player who most likely stood to miss the Vanderbilt game. That was before Vince Sanders’ injury of course. Even back then Sawyer laid out a rehab plan that basically had him missing camp but being available for the opener. Assuming there’s no setback between now and Aug. 29, the question for Sawyer will likely be reps and how much he can go.
The up side to the absence of Golson, who really seemed to kick things up a notch at the end of last season, and Sawyer has been the multitude of reps for Burdette and Collins. They’ve had mixed results.
Burdette, a sophomore, is pretty athletic and has great potential. Collins did some good things at corner early last year but was moved to safety when Dave Wommack wanted to get faster there.
Behind those two the most first-team reps have gone to sophomore Anthony Standifer.
Freshman Bobby Hill and junior college transfer Quadarias Mireless – who played wide receiver in the spring – figure to be the back-ups. They’ve been running second team.