Ole Miss’ running game has had a hard time getting on track, and one particular Rebel continues to have a tough time getting on the field.
Redshirt senior RB Jordan Wilkins, slated to be the potential starter this coming season, went down with what looks like a foot/ankle injury in Monday’s practice, according to Davis Potter of Oxford Newsmedia.
At the moment, coach Matt Luke didn’t have any idea how much of a setback Wilkins is facing.
Jordan Wilkins limped off during today's practice with an apparent foot/ankle injury. Matt Luke said he's unsure of the severity. #OleMiss
— Davis Potter (@DavisEPotter) August 7, 2017
The 6-foot-1, 217-pound Cordova, Tenn. native didn’t manage any action last season as he was ruled academically ineligible. In 2015, Wilkins saw action in every game with two starts, rushing for 379 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and 4 TDs.
Wilkins was expected to help the Rebels’ ground game, which has finished 11th in the SEC in two of the last three years in yards per rush.
While Ole Miss has had fireworks in the passing game in recent years, the school only managed three running plays that went for 30-plus yards last season. Only five Power 5 schools had fewer.
Back in May, former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze seemed anxious to see Wilkins finally break out.
“With the disappointing news of not going to a bowl game next year with our self-imposed deal, I was curious to see how he’d react,” Freeze said. “And he immediately took the charge on, ‘This is how we’re going to handle it.’ I’m just so proud and praying he has a healthy year, because I think he’s going to have a special year.”
We’ll provide an update on Wilkins’ status once it becomes available.