Ole Miss received some fortuitous news on redshirt senior running back Jordan Wilkins, because the injury he sustained in Monday’s practice isn’t severe. According to Scout.com reporter Chuck Rounsaville, Wilkins has a minor knee sprain that shouldn’t require a long recovery.
After a minor knee sprain in practice yesterday, was just told Ole Miss RB Jordan Wilkins should be back at practice "soon" and is "OK."
— Chuck Rounsaville (@SpiritChuck) August 8, 2017
This is a relief as the Rebels attempt to ramp up a running game that finished 11th in the SEC in yards per rush in two of the last three years.
The 6-foot-1, 217-pound Cordova, Tenn., native was academically ineligible in 2016 and did not play all season. In 2015, Wilkins appeared in every game and made two starts, gaining 379 yards on 5.3 yards per carry. He scored 4 touchdowns.
Back in May, former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze seemed optimistic that Wilkins could reach his potential.
“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.”