A few items of interest from the school’s updated spring football information which was emailed earlier this afternoon …
Important Dates: The tentative preseason calendar looks like this: July 17 at SEC Media Days, July 31 players report, Aug. 4 campus media day, Aug. 25 fall classes begin, Aug. 28 season opener vs. Boise State.
All-Star candidates: Suspended linebackers Serderius Bryant and Denzel Nkemdiche are both listed among nine players that the school is promoting for individual honors. Hugh Freeze indicated
The others are QB Bo Wallace, WR Laquon Treadwell, OL Laremy Tunsil, TE Evan Engram, DB Cody Prewitt, DL Robert Nkemdiche, DB Tony Conner.
Here’s what Freeze said about Bryant and Nkemdiche a month ago when the Rebel Road Trip visited Tupelo: “Both are doing exactly what we’ve put in place, so I’m pleased. The minute I jump out there and become very optimistic we could have a setback. I just know to this point they’re doing everything.”
Depth Chart Notes: The first depth chart includes Robert Conyers as the starter at right tackle with Chase Hughes as No. 2 center. Redshirt freshman Davion Johnson is behind Conyers at right tackle.
Fadol Brown is listed as a starter at one end and backed up by Carlos Thompson. The other end has C.J. Johnson backed up by Marquise Haynes.
Denzel Nkemdiche is currently listed third at the outside linebacker spot behind Bryant and Keith Lewis. Senior Cliff Coleman and sophomore Kailo Moore have an “or” between their names as both are listed behind Senquez Golson at field cornerback.
The “or” also appears between Mike Hilton and Derrick Jones at the No. 1 boundary corner, between Issac Gross and Woodrow Hamilton at the No. 1 nose tackle, between Collins Moore and Vince Sanders between one No. 1 wide receiver position, between DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan at No. 2 QB and twice at running back between I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton at No. 1 and Mark Dodson and Jordan Wilkins after them.
Player Notes: What follows is commentary from the school’s position-by-position breakdown. “Derrick Jones (cornerback) made four starts as a freshman and has the potential to break out as a star this season.” … “Aaron Morris was limited in spring drills, but will return at left guard this fall after suffering a torn ACL in the season opener and missing all of the 2013 season. Other players to watch in the battle for playing time include Daronte Bouldin, Davion Johnson, Christian Morris and Carlton Martin.”