Ole Miss could make history this Saturday with a win over Alabama, but the Rebels might have to do it without one of their best players.
Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil has missed Ole Miss’ first two games this year because of an ongoing NCAA investigation into whether or not the star lineman had improper contact with agents. His status remains unclear for this week’s game against Alabama. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze would not provide an update on Wednesday.
“I have a great (athletic director), and I just kind of stay in my lane, get our team prepare with the ones we have,” Freeze said on teleconference.
In July, ESPN’s Mel Kiper listed Tunsil as one of the top two offensive linemen to watch heading into the 2016 NFL Draft. The Rebels could certainly use their NFL-caliber offensive tackle versus Alabama as they try to beat the Crimson Tide for the second consecutive year. Ole Miss has never beaten Alabama in back-to-back games.
“Any time you think that there’s not the same sense of urgency that you have, it can be frustrating,” Freeze said. “But I’m not privy to all the details and all the facts, so it’s kind of … I try to juggle and balance that, but it is difficult.”