Ole Miss improved to 4-0 on Saturday, but the Rebels are still waiting to hear when their best player, offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, will return to game action.
Coach Hugh Freeze said in his press conference on Monday that progress was made last week in his ongoing NCAA investigation, but it is still unclear when Tunsil will return.
The junior offensive tackle has missed the first four games of this season after his stepfather, Lindsey Miller, alleged that Tunsil was seen in cars with agents and accepted impermissible gifts from agents and officials at Ole Miss, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
In May, ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranked Tunsil the second-best NFL prospect projected to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
Freeze said Monday that Tunsil hasn’t received the amount of practice time that he normally would have if he was playing, but added that his athleticism and knowledge of the Rebels’ offensive system would be enough for him to play immediately once he is cleared.
Freeze: Several players spoke up after Vandy game regarding focus in practice, expectations for this week. #OleMiss
— Parrish Alford (@parrishalford) September 28, 2015
Freeze said Tunsil is physically ready to play. Hasn't gotten needed reps. "Been in system enough, athletic enough, that he could function."
— Ben Garrett (@SpiritBen) September 28, 2015