Taylor could be part of plan as Ole Miss seeks help at left tackle

While the Laremy Tunsil thing plays out it looks like Fahn Cooper will start at left tackle.

That was the approach last week for Tennessee-Martin.

Hugh Freeze threw an interesting name into the hat yesterday with Rod Taylor.

Taylor, a sophomore, was on track to start at right guard before his impromptu boxing match ended with a torn labrum. He’ll play through the injury and have surgery at the end of the season.

Taylor is back at practice. He’s played only guard at the college level, and Freeze and coaches have long raved about his athleticism.

Without Tunsil, the ideal fix for Ole Miss would be for Taylor to quickly grasp left tackle and become an effective player.

If so, Cooper can go back to right tackle where the Rebels could use his experience ahead of redshirt freshman Sean Rawlings.

“Sean (Rawlings) played more snaps than anyone on the offensive line. His grade was average. He did some really good things, but I think the reason why his grade was average was because we probably played him a little too much, and he probably got a bit gassed a few series there. But I was proud of the way he played,” Freeze said.

Cooper had a lot of good things to say about Taylor yesterday.

“Yeah, I hang around him a lot. He’s one of my closest friends, kind of like a little brother to me. It never got him down. He was never discouraged. He was practicing with us Sunday. I think he’ll be all right. He looked healthy. He was moving around, not complaining at all.”

But can he handle left tackle?

“I definitely think so. He’s one of the most athletic linemen I’ve been around in college football. Wherever they put him he’ll be able to be successful,” Cooper said.

 

 

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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