Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack tells us junior D.J. Jones, a first-year juco transfer who has steadily improved, will start at tackle in place of Robert Nkemdiche.
Redshirt freshman Breeland Speaks will play a significantly larger role, however.
Speaking to media in interviews after today’s practice at the Superdome Speaks presented himself as mature and eager for the chance to play more.
“I’ll play a lot more. I don’t know a definite number, but there will definitely be an increase in my snaps.
I’m always prepared regardless of the situation. I’m going to always be ready. Robert’s not going to be here next year. He’s not with us now. I just look at it as this is going to be the D line next year, so let’s see what I can do. Let’s see what we can do without 5.”
The main talking point from players this week has been handling off time responsibly and focusing on the game, not the activities.
Speaks has played in each game and has two starts. He has 30 tackles with five tackles for loss and a sack. He’s broken up two passes and has three quarterback pressures.
“My myself personally, I can’t really speak on everybody else, but I have family in New Orleans. I’ve been pretty much spending time with them, catching up with them, trying to stay out of the spotlight, limelight, whatever you call it. I’m trying to do my own thing, make sure I stay out of the way and make sure we have a good trip down here because it is a business trip,” Speaks said.