Offensive line remaking itself in absence of Tunsil

Ole Miss tackle Fahn Cooper had an idea something was up with Laremy Tunsil late last week when he started getting first-team reps on the left side instead of the right side.

“Thursday I was taking all the one reps. I figured I was getting ready to go for Saturday. I was surprised. I didn’t know the magnitude of the situation, how serious it was. I still don’t. We’re all kind of playing it by ear,” Cooper said.

Cooper is one of the most well-spoken players on this team. He talks more here about the development of the offensive line and his confidence in Rod Taylor’s ability to help at left tackle.

Taylor got all the first team reps Tuesday during media viewing periods. Afterward OL coach Matt Luke called Taylor at left tackle an “experiment.”

Here’s Cooper.

We also talked with true freshman Javon Patterson, now the starter at left guard.

In his debut against Tennessee-Martin Patterson graded out higher than any previous true freshman under Luke. He’s firmly entrenched at left guard and is not a candidate at tackle.

Neither is senior Aaron Morris, currently No. 2 at left guard. Coaches have tried Morris at tackle before and find him better suited for guard.

Getting the best five linemen on the field without Tunsil could include Robert Conyers moving from his starting job at center back to right tackle. That would put Ben Still, last year’s starter at center, back with the ones.

Here’s Patterson.

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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