Luke getting good news from center in OL competition

In settling on five starters and a playing rotation at offensive line it would be absolutely huge if either Ben Still, a 6-3, 292 junior, or Robert Conyers, a 6-5, 295 third-year sophomore, emerged as the starter.

At the beginning of spring offensive line coach Matt Luke talked about moving junior guard Justin Bell into the mix in the middle. Now Luke feels like he doesn’t have to do that.

“Because of how well those guys are doing I think we can leave Justin where he is. He’ll play both guard spots. That’s where Justin can be valuable and to have the ability to have Justin as an emergency guy,” Luke said.

Still more of a natural center, Conyers a little more athletic. Still has a slight edge in experience.

If either of them win the job then Bell can play right guard. He been at left guard this spring with Aaron Morris still recovering from ACL surgery.

Morris is expected to be at left guard in August. In the meantime, redshirt freshman Daronte Bouldin has gotten a ton of reps at right guard.

Here’s Bouldin:


If Bell can remain at center, Luke will have the luxury of treating incoming signee Rod Taylor like the freshman he is and not feeling like he has to rush Taylor into a larger role.

Bouldin will have an impact either as a starter or key reserve.

“I want to see Daronte be able to play some this year. If he doesn’t start I want him to be able to give us some quality snaps at either right or left guard. He’s really coming on. Bowl practice has helped, and 13 practices (spring) i’ve really been pleased with what I’ve seen.”

It’s a similar situation with Austin Golson. He played in 12 games as a freshman last year but missed the bowl game after shoulder surgery.

He’s played right tackle this spring. Tackle is what he played in high school when he was rated No. 3 at the position by ESPN after his senior year.

There will be competition at right tackle in August when junior college transfer Fahn Cooper arrives. Again, depth in the making.

Here’s Golson:


Depth at one of the guards could also come from Carlton Martin, a senior who moved over from the defensive line this spring.

“I’ve been pleased with Carlton,” Luke said. “He’s a guy that’s played a lot of football. He understands concepts. It’s a big change. He has some things he does really really well … pulling. He’s a very good athlete when gets out pulling. That’s probably his strength right now. Learning how to pass pro and all that stuff is a little different for a defensive lineman, but he’s come and and has learned his plays pretty good. He’s learned his playbook. He’s done well, I’ve been pleased with him.”

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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  • karl Hungus

    I think Freeze will move the two tackles to WR, The center to QB and the guards to Safety. It’ll all work out. Still think Wallace would make a great water boy.

  • karl Hungus

    On second thought, Bo would probably drop the water bucket…snap!

  • karl Hungus

    Can’t believe Henderbrick didn’t win the 3 point championship last night. Hey, you can still hang a banner for his participation.

    • harvey

      oops, you slipped again. “Henderbrick” was the name you used for him when you were cid riley, not the name you use for him when you are karl hungus.

      • Killer_Beeze

        Cid has a love-hate relationship with the Ole Miss Rebels.
        FYI Cid…Marshall Henderson came in 2nd place in the first round of the 3-point shooting but did not make it to the final round. Just him being there on TV was great publicity for the Ole Miss Rebels.
        The announcers spoke affectionately of Marshall and noted that without Marshall the Ole Miss Rebels probably would not have won the SEC Tournament Championship game last year and voted the MVP: Most Valuable Player.
        Now Cid…go feed your chickens and sweep out the barn.

  • Buster Duke

    Well, we’re waiting for an answer, Scotty….I mean Karl. Where you at?Cat got your tongue? Scotty.

  • karl Hungus

    Good grief! You guys are ridiculous. I am Karl Hungus. My name is what it is. If ya’ll are so worried about the truth….take down those stupid championship banners, admit that your sports programs suck and even cheating can’t help them win.

  • karl Hungus

    After discussions with some media associates, who write for assorted sports journals, I found that its widely accepted that the UPI and Associated Press National Championships are the ones that count. Congratulations Minnesota on your 1960 Championship.

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