Doing his part

Doing his part for Bryon Bennett this week means moving out to defensive end.

A redshirt junior defensive tackle, Bennett has some experience at end from his high school days at Madison Central.

A position that was once very deep has a sudden shortage, and Bennett was running with the first team in practice on Tuesday.

Here’s Bennett:


Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze didn’t want to talk much about a position change, but it seems like an obvious move.

Starters Robert Nkemdiche and CJ Johnson are both out, and so is Carlos Thompson, another key reserve.

Bennett dropped some weight in the off-season to get down to 270 pounds, and has the athleticism to make the move.

The return of tackle Carlton Martin — another fourth-year junior from Madison — also makes the move possible.

Issac Gross was at practice Tuesday but was not really engaged. Woodrow Hamilton is farther along. Junior college transfer Lavon Hooks could get his most extensive playing time this week, but the four of them could give the Rebels a viable rotation at the down spots.

If the Rebels are going to be competitive against one of the most physical backs in the SEC, LSU’s Jeremy Hill, they will need Bennett to make a quick transition at end.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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