Senior wide receiver Korvic Neat had surgery on a knee Tuesday and will miss about four weeks, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said after practice today.
The Rebels had kind of settled things down on the injury front. Now Neat, who was running second team at the slot receiver, becomes the second player to miss multiple games. The first was Vince Sanders, who sustained a broken collarbone on the second day of practice.
Freeze used the word “committee” when describing how Neat’s reps would be divided. He also opened the idea of putting a running back, a Jaylen Walton or Kailo Moore maybe, in the slot.
The reality is the starters will probably be asked to do more. Laquon Treadwell is the starter in the slot, but you have to remember that he will be playing in his first college game at Vanderbilt. You may see Ja-Mes Logan back in the slot more.
Here’s WR coach Grant Heard talking about his guys:
Even with the injuries this is a talented group of wide receivers. Obviously the depth is now impacted in a greater role, and there’s more pressure now for Treadwell and Quincy Adeboyejo to play like juniors and not freshmen. They’re capable of that, but you just never know what freshmen will do before you turn the lights on.
The good news for the Rebels is there are a lot of bodies, talented if not experienced bodies, at running back. Kailo Moore in the slot or catching a swing pass out of the backfield is probably something you’d see regardless of the health of the receivers.