Ole Miss freshman receiver DK Metcalf out with broken foot
Published 7:48 pm Saturday, September 10, 2016
DK Metcalf has been one of Ole Miss’ impact newcomers, but any more impact from the Oxford High product will likely have to wait until next season.
Metcalf broke his foot after catching a 10-yard touchdown to put Ole Miss up 17-0 early in the second quarter of Saturday’s 38-13 win over Wofford. Metcalf limped to the locker room after the play and came out at the start of the second half on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot.
With any possible return for Metcalf not coming until late in the season, he will likely redshirt to save a season of eligibility.
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“We’ll be without him,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said.
The 6-foot-4 Metcalf, who set single-season records for receiving yards and touchdowns at Oxford last season, had quickly emerged as a red-zone target for Chad Kelly with his first collegiate reception being a 3-yard score against Florida State. The touchdowns are his only two catches this season.
“We’ll do it with other guys, but obviously DK is really good at it,” offensive coordinator Dan Werner said. “That’s a tough one.”
Ole Miss is already down two players for the season in cornerback Ken Webster (knee) and running back Eric Swinney (torn ACL) on top of fellow running back Jordan Wilkins being academically ineligible, though receiver is one of the Rebels’ deepest positions.
Pellerin gets extended action
With the lead well in hand in the second half, Ole Miss turned the offense over to redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Pellerin for his first collegiate snaps. One of Pellerin’s six carries went for his first career touchdown — a 3-yard run late in the third quarter — while he also went 2 of 3 passing for 23 yards and another score, finding freshman A.J. Brown from 12 yards out with 6:16 remaining.
“I always knew Jason could do stuff like that,” running back Akeem Judd said. “Jason’s pretty good. He can run it when he has to and throw the ball good when he has to.”
True freshman Shea Patterson didn’t play, though Freeze said that doesn’t necessarily mean the five-star signee will redshirt.
“Playing him in mop-up duty is probably not the smartest thing at this juncture,” Freeze said. “We’ll keep taking it week by week.”
Freeze mentioned defensive back turned receiver Derrick Jones as a possibility to help out at corner in light of Webster’s injury, but Jones wasn’t available in any capacity Saturday because of a violation of team standards, Freeze said.
Jones watched the game from the sideline in street clothes. Freeze wouldn’t elaborate on the situation but said Jones is expected back “soon.”
“He and I are working through it,” Freeze said. “I love that kid.”
Redshirt freshman Jalen Julius got the start in place of Tony Bridges at one corner spot opposite Carlos Davis. Bridges, Kailo Moore, true freshman Jaylon Jones and others also rotated in at the position.
Graduate transfer Rommel Mageo got the start at middle linebacker and led the defense with eight tackles. … The Rebels improved to 5-0 against FCS teams during Freeze’s tenure and have won 12 of 13 such games since 2005. … Saturday’s attendance of 64,232 set a new school and all-time state record for a college football game.