Issac Gross’ 2015 campaign ended just as it was beginning early last September, when the Ole Miss defensive lineman underwent season-ending neck surgery after the opening game against Tennessee-Martin.
Fortunately for Gross, who took a medical redshirt and returns for his fifth and final season with the Rebels, he might be on track to play against Florida State. That’s because coach Hugh Freeze told reporters that Gross is “full go” and cleared for contact drills on Tuesday during his Rebel Road Trip stop in Jackson, Miss., according to Daniel Paulling and Brian Scott Rippee of The Clarion-Ledger.
Gross, who was sidelined through all of spring practice, made his presence felt in 12 appearances (six starts) as a junior in 2014. During that time, he recorded 37 tackles, including eight for loss and a sack, as a key cog on the Rebel’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense (16 points per game). He is expected to compete for playing time alongside D.J. Jones at nose tackle this fall.
Needless to say, Ole Miss coaches and fans alike will be thrilled to see Gross back in uniform when the team opens its season against the Seminoles on Sept. 5.