By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels team football finished day seven of fall camp yesterday as they are hard at work preparing for the 2018 opener against Texas Tech Sept. 1.
This season the team has been working on the run on both sides of the ball and the offense adding its high-powered passing game.
Junior running back Eric Swinney told the media yesterday he feels like he is getting back into the groove.
“Everybody is coming out and competing every day,” Swinney said. “It’s really competitive in the room. Everyone’s grinding, trying to get some playing time.”
Last season, Swinney rushed for 195 yards with 41 touches and three touchdowns. His longest run from scrimmage was 55 yards.
Ole Miss running back coach Derrick Nix said he is pleased with the stable of backs the Rebels have on the field.
“It has been really good from top to bottom. I think these guys come out every day wanting to work,” Nix said.
Depth on the defensive line is never a bad thing, and the Rebels are shaping up to have a solid two-deep at defensive tackle. Josiah Coatney, Benito Jones, Austrian Robinson and Ross Donelly have all spent time in competition for the two starting spots on the interior.
“We were ranked very low trying to stop the run last year, and we don’t take that lightly,” Donelly said. “We’re making it a point of emphasis this camp that we will be a dominant run defense. We’re working on stopping the run and being a physical run-stopping defense.”