By Adam Brown
Ole Miss’ junior linebacker MoMo Sanogo is set to have surgery on his right ankle on Tuesday and will be out the rest of the season after going down in the 31-17 victory against Arkansas.
Head coach Matt Luke said at his press conference on Monday, “that the team will know more after the surgery, but they are roughly looking at a ten-week recovery time.”
The Plano, Texas native went down in the first minute of the game. Sanogo was injured making a tackle on a punt return.
“MoMo is a phenomenal young man and an excellent leader able to make a lot of tackles,” defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre said. “He’s kind of like the quarterback for the defense. People hear that a lot but that is truly what he was able to do.”
On Monday, Sanogo came into the team room prior to practice and asked how he could help the team move forward during his injury, according to MacIntyre.
“’You need to get out there and be a coach to them and he will,” MacIntyre said. “It is a big loss to us not only as a player but emotionally for the kids.”
Sanogo played in 25 games prior to his injury and made 124 tackles in a Rebel uniform. Last season, as a sophomore he played in all 12 games and was accounted for 53 solo tackles and 59 assists for a total of 112 tackles. Against Memphis, Sanogo racked up three solo tackles and one assist.