By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – It remains to be seen what the future holds for Jeremy Liggins, but one of his high school coaches has an idea for Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.
Lafayette coach Eric Robertson says it’s easy to envision the 6-foot-4 Liggins – who now tips the scales at 295 pounds – as the replacement for Barry Brunetti.
The Rebels lacked a true power back last season, something that may change with the signing of junior college transfer Akeem Judd, and often used Brunetti, the backup quarterback, in power run situations.
“Something about him when the ball is in his hands he just makes things happen,” said Robertson who added that he’s not had direct conversations with Ole Miss coaches regarding Liggins’ possible use.
“Those are just observations. Ole Miss really doesn’t have that big back, that’s just not coach (Hugh) Freeze’s philosophy, but they do have a big quarterback in short yardage, and it makes sense that Jeremy would be that short-yardage guy or at least get a shot.”
Robertson has been athlete signee D.K. Buford’s head coach for the last two seasons.
He says Buford’s greatest asset is his speed, but people should not discount his power. He’s up to around 200 pounds right now, though Robertson says Buford’s best playing weight is 185 or 190.
“Sometimes I would look at DK and think he could be a downhill running back. His thighs are so big, and he’s pretty strong,” Robertson said. “I’ve not seen him as an I-back downhill running back so I really don’t have anything to compare him to there.”
Buford rushed for 1,027 yards and had 298 receiving yards with 18 total touchdowns last year.
Ole Miss announced 27 signees, 12 from Mississippi. … Marquis Haynes is listed as an end but could also play outside linebacker. … Rod Taylor is “as good as I’ve ever seen in drill tape,” Freeze said. … OL Tyler Putnam (knee) and RB Akeem Judd (toe) have injuries to overcome. … Freeze says he has one available remaining scholarship and “flexibility” with others. … Buford could play Husky on defense or slot on offense.