There are a fair amount of unsettled jobs on the guide’s preseason depth chart with the word “or” used 14 times including twice at quarterback where it reads, in order, Ryan Buchanan or Chad Kelly or DeVante Kincade.
As it reads, everyone is still in the race. At the close of spring drills Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Buchanan had a slight lead over Kelly and then Kincade.
Freeze said he wanted to see who displayed the best leadership skills in the off-season and who the players seemed to rally around.
With such a close competition it wouldn’t be stunning to see one player start the Sept. 5 opener against Tennessee (the Martin campus) and someone else in Week 2 against Fresno State. Freeze will want to be settled, though, going into Week 3 at Alabama.
At left guard Aaron Morris is the No. 1 with the No. 2 being Daronte Bouldin or Javon Patterson.
Justin Bell is the No. 1 at left guard with the No. 2 Rod Taylor or Jordan Sims.
Laremy Tunsil is No. 1 at left tackle, followed by not Jeremy Liggins, but Christian Morris.
Morris, the UCLA transfer and a former four-star prospect from Memphis, was actually eligible last year, but with his off-season injury just never challenged for playing time.
Liggins is listed No. 2 at tight end with the oddity of a No. 69 jersey.
There’s an or at cornerback between Tee Shepard and Kendarius Webster at defensive tackle behind Robert Nkemdiche where the depth chart reads redshirt freshman Breeland Speaks or junior college transfer DJ Jones.
We must point out that the depth chart is often a work of fiction. Expect to hear the phrase “etched in sand” along the way to the season opener.