Conyers’ challenge

Two-deep depth charts are fiction for weekly game notes. Rare is the team that subs in a complete second offensive line.

Typically at Ole Miss it’s been about finding your best seven or eight linemen. Right now Robert Conyers, a third-year sophomore, is the Rebels’ top OL reserve.

Versatile as he is, Conyers has been groomed at center and tackle and doesn’t help at guard.

These days center and tackle are where the needs are, and even with his versatility it wasn’t easy for Conyers when he found out at the last minute that he’d be starting at right tackle — not center — against Auburn.

While Laremy Tunsil is a star it’s not a dominant offensive line for Ole Miss right now, and that’s a contributing factor for a team that ranks No. 81 nationally in rushing at 149.7 yards a game.

You can see the attention paid to the offensive line with each recruiting class. Eventually that will pay off. It will be an interesting offensive line next year as no one graduates and several redshirts — and a wild card guy like Christian Morris who, though eligible, hasn’t been able to get on the field much — enter the mix.

More talent is coming, in particular five-star commit Drew Richmond.

None of that helps now and so we’re seeing the offense continue to look for different ways to spark the run game.

The biggest way to do that is health, and that’s why this is a good time to have the FCS game on the schedule.

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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