Freeze still unclear on where Liggins fits, weight will factor in

There has been a lot of excitement for the signing of former Lafayette quarterback Jeremy Liggins. Where Liggins’ college career goes from here may depend on his weight loss.

Liggins is currently listed at 6-foot-3, 296.

He’s shown some nimble foot work and mobility, but his first season, even if he sheds a lot of weight, is not about competing to be a full-time quarterback.

Here’s Freeze on Liggins: “He is so far from being in the shape he would need to be in to play full-time quarterback. We’re going to have to have that talk with him. Not that he can’t do it sometimes, but I don’t know that he’ll ever be able to be a full-time quarterback at the weight he’s at right now. I think he can help us somewhere. We’ve got to wade through all that.”

At his pre-spring presser Freeze said Liggins would be on offense for all spring drills. He mentioned Liggins playing some tight end in the spring. I haven’t seen him at tight end, but I don’t know that hasn’t happened behind closed doors.

Whatever happens for Liggins moving forward it’s clear that Freeze is intrigued by the idea of Liggins in short-yardage situations.

After Saturday’s scrimmage quarterbacks coach Dan Werner said he wished he’d have called more runs for Liggins.

Short-yardage offense has been inconsistent for Ole Miss for two years. With redshirt freshman running back Jordan Wilkins on the roster now, and juco transfer Akeem Judd on the way, there will be new options for attacking that problem, but Liggins may get the first chance.

“Year 1? Short-yardage for sure I would think he could help us. Beyond that, we’ll have to get him into fall camp and see where he’s at physically.”

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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