Ole Miss football dealing with numerous injuries, a few players standing out in spring
OXFORD — Injuries small and big are affecting Ole Miss football this spring, but a few players are still managing to stand out.
Kiffin mentioned that everyone from wide receivers Braylon Sanders and Jonathan Mingo to tight end Hudson Wolfe to defensive tackles Isaiah Iton and Jamond Gordon have been dealing with injuries that have forced them to be limited in or outright miss practices. This is on top of a list of players expected to miss the whole spring with injuries such as running back Jerrion Ealy and tight end Casey Kelly.
Despite this, Kiffin did list a few players who have stood out through the first week of spring practices. He said defensive end Sam Williams has impressed, as have his position mates Demon Clowney and Cedric Johnson. He said Jeremy James, who started all 10 games at guard last season, is profiling well at right tackle in replacement of NFL Draft hopeful Royce Newman.
And he complimented reserve quarterbacks Kinkead Dent and Luke Altmyer. With regular backup quarterback John Rhys Plumlee playing baseball this spring, Kiffin said Dent and Altmyer are making the best of their increased opportunities.
"I think both quarterbacks have done a good job," Kiffin said. "Kinkead is very talented. Luke coming in has done a good job, which is very hard for a guy that is really finishing up his senior year of high school."
Ole Miss will continue to practice three times a week through the Grove Bowl on April 24. Saturday practices will be held in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and be open to the public.
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