By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Tuesday was get-well day for the Ole Miss Rebels as a couple of injured players expected to fill key roles were able to return to practice.
There was no heavy lifting for wide receiver Collins Moore, a sophomore, or defensive tackle Uriah Grant, a senior, but both were back on the field.
Moore was the starting slot receiver when he sustained a torn labrum on the second day of camp. Grant is coming off off-season shoulder surgery.
The injury news could improve even more next week when Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze expects to see defensive backs Charles Sawyer, Wesley Pendleton and Cliff Coleman back at work in some capacity.
Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin said Grant’s conditioning is good and that he expects him to earn a spot among the top four players at the tackle spots.
That’s been an active rotation since the beginning of practice with a number of players – including true freshman Issac Gross – moving in and out.
As happy as he was to see Grant back on the field, Freeze likes what he’s seen in Gross.
“He loves to compete,” Freeze said. “He’s so quick and explosive. He’s going to play a lot.”
Grant says Gross’ 270-pound frame will not hold him back against much bigger SEC offensive linemen.
“His get-off, his quickness … that will be his advantage over every offensive lineman he sees this year,” Grant said.
In the first practice since Saturday, there were no noticeable depth chart moves.
Freeze said Bo Wallace graded higher than Barry Brunetti among the QBs, but he still has not named a starter.
Also at work Tuesday was freshman defensive end Channing Ward, the Aberdeen All-American. Ward joined the team for the first time last Saturday.
“He’s swimming right now, but he looks good in his suit,” Freeze said. “He’s in decent shape. How far we can bring him in a short amount of time, we just don’t know.”