Sanders talks wide receivers

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze likes the depth on his football team but has said more than once he’d like to see more of it at wide receiver.

It’s understandable to focus on the loss of Donte Moncrief, and many do. The Rebels also lost a lot of experience in Ja-Mes Logan, a guy who Bo Wallace was clearly comfortable with last year. Also gone is Jordan Holder. While under-sized and not a stretch-the-field guy, he was dependable with his route-running and hands. His value was underscored when Freeze used him to field punts.

There’s great potential among the first-level guys though that depends on sophomore Quincy Adeboyejo making the Year 1 to Year 2 jump that many talented players make.

Vince Sanders will be an interesting piece of the puzzle. Freeze calls him the forgotten wide receiver. Sanders doesn’t have the size and flash of Treadwell, but he’s made big plays. He struggled with injuries early and late last season.

Those three should turn out to be a solid group of starters. Sanders is confident depth will come.

“The depth will depend on putting guys in the right situations, and I’m sure the coaches will do that,” Sanders said. “I think we’ve got the talent. Once everybody gets comfortable with the offense we’ll be playing even better.”

There’s a land of opportunity here for newcomers Dayall Harris, Markell Pack and Sammie Epps.

At SEC Media Days Freeze said, “We’re going to need one of those receivers — Dayall, Markell or Sammie – to give us some depth at receiver. We’re real excited about those guys.”

Epps, 6-5, 215, is listed as a tight end but may make his quickest impact at receiver.

“He’s got the body of a receiver,” Sanders said. “I saw him in the Mississippi-Alabama (all-star) game, and he made some big catches.”

The group is also without veteran Collins Moore now after his recent knee injury. He’s not expected to be out too long but won’t be ready for the start of camp.

Sanders likes the potential of the group.

“If everybody stays healthy we’ve got the talent to be a pretty good bunch,” he said.




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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