Freshman walk-on has been the surprise of Ole Miss camp

There are a lot of Ole Miss signees with a lot of recruiting stars, but the surprise of camp has been a walk-on.

Rebels coach Hugh Freeze had good things to say about true freshman tight end Dawson Knox after Tuesday’s practice.

Tight end is a place where Ole Miss is looking for depth behind Evan Engram. Lamar post-grad transfer Dillon Barrett may help fill that role. Certainly junior Jeremy Liggins will, but Liggins has been held out of recent work with a hamstring issue. He’s expected to be ready for the season opener against Tennessee-Martin.

Knox has caught Freeze’s eye, but it doesn’t sound like he will get on the field this year.

“Dawson Knox has had a great camp. He’s an athletic kid, and he’s going to be a big kid, but he needs a year to get ready. He’s been a big surprise,” Freeze said.


You can see some of Knox’s athleticism in this YouTube video:

Knox is listed at 6-4, 222 and played high school ball at Brentwood Academy near Nashville.

His Rivals recruiting bio lists Knox as a dual-threat quarterback at Brentwood.

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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