Rebels’ defensive line makes good impression

By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Junior college transfer Uriah Grant made an early depth chart move, and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt had good things to say about his defensive line on Day 3 of the Rebels’ camp.
Grant played at Fullerton (Calif.) Community College last year but was not among the mid-year transfers who went through spring drills. A 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive tackle, he ran with the first team on Monday.
“We moved a little bit slower with the shoulder pads on, but our defense is showing some intensity at times. Our defensive line really moved around today.”
Grant had 42 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and six sacks as a sophomore at Fullerton last year.
“He’s really shown up the middle,” Nutt said. “Everyday he pushes the pile back.”
Nutt got some good news on the eligibility front when it was learned that freshman safety Denzel Nkemdiche has gained academic clearance. He is expected to add depth to the secondary and could join the team as early as today.
Senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett, who is coming back from major knee surgery, left practice early. The training staff said Lockett was feeling a little soreness in his patella tendon and that “he will be fine.”
Parrish Alford