Backup tight end Sammie Epps dismissed

Update 9:47 a.m.

Ole Miss has confirmed the dismissal of Sammie Epps in a text message that says Epps violated team rules.

It will be interesting to see how this affects Jeremy Liggins, if they will stay full-go with Liggins as Laremy Tunsil’s backup at left tackle or if Liggins becomes more prominent at tight end where he played last year.

There is one tight end in the freshman class, Willie Hibbler of North Panola. He’s on campus right now.

Junior walk-on Taz Zettergren had a nice Grove Bowl with a 43-yard touchdown catch from Chad Kelly.

The Ole Miss Spirit is reporting that redshirt freshman tight end Sammie Epps has been dismissed from the football team.

Epps was running second team at slot receiver last year when he was arrested for driving without a license and possession of marijuana.

He was signed as a tight end but was moved to receiver early in drills. He had since been moved back to tight end.

His 6-foot-6 frame and athleticism gave him a good chance to play, but he fell behind after the arrest and was redshirted last year.

Epps obviously had no game experience, but his absence cuts into already thin depth behind Evan Engram, who was a unanimous All-SEC first team choice last year and was named second team All-America by Sports Illustrated.

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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  • Killer_Beeze

    I was really hoping that Epps would become the next Treadwell. I believe he was the MVP of the Miss.-Ala high school all star football game. He looked terrific and unstoppable in that game. If you can’t follow the rules, then you are an undisciplined and rogue individual. Football is a “team effort”. I hope he sees this as a wake up call and maybe get a second chance somewhere else.

    I to was impressed with Taz Zettergren’s performance in the Grove Bowl. He just looks like your proto-type tight end. Fins Up!

    • Parrish Alford

      It’s disappointing, but Epps will be replaced. Freeze will continue to recruit and sign stretch-the-field tight ends.

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