Earlier this week, Ole Miss RB Jordan Wilkins was ruled academically ineligible after what Ole Miss called an “administrative error.”
On Saturday, Wilkins, who was competing to be the Rebels starting running back, posted on his Facebook page to share his thoughts.
Just wanted to say thank you to all of those who have shown me love and support through this tough time,” Wilkins said. “The easy thing to do is point fingers but that’s not the right way.”
— Jordan Wilkins (@jordanwilkins2) August 20, 2016
On Thursday, Ole Miss took responsibility for the mishap regarding Wilkins’ eligibility.
“The athletics department takes full responsibility and holds itself accountable when situations like this occur with our student-athletes. We will support Jordan to the fullest during this time and look forward to seeing him return to the field,” the school said in a release.
Wilkins is a redshirt junior and will have one more year of eligibility should he qualify.
Wilkins rushed for 372 yards and four touchdowns last season. In his absence, Ole Miss will turn to senior Akeem Judd and redshirt freshman Eric Swinney.
The Rebels open the season in Orlando, Florida, against the Florida State Seminoles. The Seminoles will be without quarterbacks Sean Maguire and Malik Henry. Maguire is recovering from a foot injury and Henry was suspended for a violation of team rules. That makes redshirt freshman Deondre Francois the likely starter. The game is set to kick at 8 p.m. on Sept. 5.