Taylor’s new role

The biggest position to watch relative to Ole Miss’ injury situation is right guard.

The Rebels’ top two receivers are out, but they got used to playing without Laquon Treadwell in the season’s final three games and played without Vince Sanders for most of the Egg Bowl.

The absence of left guard Aaron Morris means true freshman Rod Taylor will make his second start and his first start against a team not named Presbyterian.

Morris recently had surgery to repair an ACL torn for the second time. Right guard Justin Bell will move to the left side, and Taylor will start at right guard.

“He’s going to have to be ready. Matt’s got to get him ready this week. He’s going to have to play. With us pulling Aaron out Rod’s got to go every snap pretty much. He’ll make some mistakes, but he’s a tremendous athlete, and we think he’s got a bright future,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said.

Taylor (6-3, 320) played high school ball at Callaway in Jackson where he was named All-America by two outlets. He was rated a five-star recruit by 247Sports, a four-star by other outlets.

He was the highest-rated recruit in Freeze’s 2014 signing class. It’s not like he’s coming in green. He has played extensively throughout the season. The real difference against No. 6 TCU is that, as Freeze points out, he’ll play extensively throughout the game.

Craig Frigo and Daronte Bouldin become the top back-ups at guard.

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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