Competition at center

We visited with junior center Ben Still yesterday.

I’ve written about Quincy Adeboyejo as the “wild card” at wide receiver that could help that unit go from OK to very good.

Same thing applies to Ben Still and the offensive line.

Here’s Still:


Hugh Freeze and Matt Luke, his OL coach, are working to build a solid starting five with quality depth behind it.

Sounds like they’ll get there with the first group, especially if Fahn Cooper is coming on as strong at right tackle as it appears.

Depth is another question, and if Still can perform well and win the job at center it will be a big step toward a good answer.

If Still doesn’t win the job, it means either Robert Conyers does — which would take him away from right tackle where he’s currently in the mix behind Cooper — or Luke has to find another answer, which could mean right guard Justin Bell is back in the mix at center.

If that happens, dominoes start falling. That could mean that freshman Rod Taylor would be needed on the first team. Taylor, currently running second team, may turn out to be first-team ready this season. If so, that’s great for the line, but right now they’re trying to get him ready to provide depth.

Freeze said yesterday he’s been pleased with both Still and Conyers in camp┬áthus far.

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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