Ole Miss may have beaten Alabama last season, but the game serves as a bittersweet memory for Tony Conner.
Saturday will mark the anniversary of the Rebels defensive back’s torn meniscus that put his 2015 season, and NFL draft hopes on hold.
After injuring his knee against the Crimson Tide on Sept. 19 of last year, Conner returned against Arkansas seven weeks later only to shut it down for the rest of the season following the Nov. 7 matchup.
Conner played in five games last season after collecting 69 tackles, nine tackles for loss, an interception and a sack in 2014 from Ole Miss’ Huskie position, a hybrid safety role.
The injury still hinders Conner to this day, which was evident during the second half of the Rebels’ 2016 opener against Florida.
“It’s still a day-to-day thing,” Conner said, according to the Oxford Eagles’ Jake Thompson. “With the training staff and just going to treatment and everything…Coming out of that second half just sitting in the locker room, (the knee) stiffed up. I could tell I wasn’t the way I was at first when I came out in the first half. … It’s kind of just going through each game, getting more reps. As it continues to come, (I’ll) just feel more and more comfortable.”
Through two games this season, Conner has collected four tackles. He will look to add to that total Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.