Typically, teams heading into their 10th straight week of action will have a long list of walking wounded, but for Ole Miss, the Rebels enter Saturday’s contest against Arkansas as healthy as they’ve been all season.
Coach Hugh Freeze told reporters Monday that Rebels defensive back Tony Conner is set to play against the Razorbacks this weekend.
“Tony Conner will try to go,” Freeze said. “There’s no doubt he’ll make an attempt at it. Our goal was to get him through this season playing in some of these critical last games. We’ve got this week, then we have an open week where if there is additional swelling we hope to get it under control and get him ready to play the last two.”
Conner has been sidelined since sustaining a torn meniscus against Alabama on Sept. 19. His presence gives Ole Miss’ defense a big boost at its swing safety/huskie linebacker position. Senior Mike Hilton, who began the season at safety, moved to huskie following the Rebels’ loss to Florida.
Conner, a Batesville, Miss., native, was considered a fringe first-round pick for the 2016 NFL draft before the season, and his play the remainder of the season should help determine whether the junior will declare after it is over.