The school’s head trainer, Tim Mullins, addressed Barksdale’s situation following the Rebels’ wokout.
Barksdale, an All-American at South Panola who is expected to compete for playing time at strong safety, did not dress out for Tuesday’s practice. Afterward Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was vague on specifics but mentioned the possibility of a heart murmur to reporters.
A day later Mullins said Barksdale’s heart is not the issue.
“I just want to clarify, Tig’s heart is good. We did more tests with him. His heart is fine. There are no murmurs. There’s no enlarged heart It’s good,” Mullins said.
Mullins said there were other tests run with some “abnormal results.” Citing privacy laws and the requests of the family, he did not elaborate.
How long Barksdale will be held out of football-related activities depends on those tests. There is no set timetable for his return.
On the field the Rebels ran through about 80 plays. For the second straight day Nutt praised the offense as its timing continue to improve.
The unit has made good progress in picking up the blitz, Nutt said.
The coach singled out the play of running backs Brandon Bolden, Cordera Eason and Enrique Davis.
“Everyone of them did something special today, and that’s the way you want it,” he said.
Bolden, a sophomore, continue to run first team at tailback.