Left guard Aaron Morris sat ou spring football recovering from shoulder surgery.
That gave a lot of snaps to Justin Bell and Jared Duke, which was the silver lining. It will be a much more positive development for the Ole Miss offensive line when Morris returns.
“I’ll be ready, I’ll be full go during the season. Right now they’re just trying to make sure everything heals right,” he said.
Morris expects to be cleared for weights and conditioning by the end of this month.
“By the time we do that I’ll be three months from the surgery, so I’ll be full go. I’ll be weak at the beginning, but I’ll have the whole summer to get my strength back.”
Looking to expand a rotation that was basically the starters and Patrick Junen last year, the extra reps for the guards will help.
Bell likely would have played more last year had he not been slowed by an injury.
Young guys will be counted on as well. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has said it’s possible all four freshman signees – a group that includes Laremy Tunsil, the nation’s top OL prospect – will play.
The recently completed spring drills were all about finding depth. OL coach Matt Luke is pretty set on his starters. Morris will move back in at left guard and Junen at right. Junen missed the last half of spring with an ankle injury.
Morris was at every workout watching. Here’s what he saw.
“We don’t really have too much depth, but they’re playing hard. We were missing a lot of people, but they were still getting the job done,” he said.