NOTES: Ole Miss continues to mix, match in training camp

Published 12:34 pm Friday, August 11, 2017

Ole Miss on Friday held its ninth preseason practice, which was open to the media for the first eight periods. Here are some notes from the open viewing periods:

• Ole Miss did a lot of mixing and matching with their first and second teams. DeMarquis Gates, Detric-Bing Dukes, Donta Evans and Jarrion Street all took first-team reps at linebacker. Jalen Julius, Jaylon Jones and Javien Hamilton rotated as the first-team cornerbacks.

Josiah Coatney continued to run with the first team at defensive tackle ahead of Breeland Speaks while C.J. Moore ran with the first team at free safety. True freshman D.D. Bowie and sophomore Montrell Custis were the second-team corners. Willie Hibler and Tayler Polk worked as the second-team linebackers.

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Ken Webster continued to work at safety.

• A sprained ankle kept Jordan Sims out of practice. Daronte Bouldin, who’s competing with Sims for the starting right guard spot, took all the first-team reps there during the open periods.

Left tackle Greg Little (concussion) was held out of practice for the third straight day with Rod Taylor getting the first-team reps in his place. The rest of the first-team offensive line remained the same with Alex Givens at right tackle, Sean Rawlings at center and Javon Patterson at left guard.

• Slot receiver Van Jefferson (knee scope) and running back Jordan Wilkins (minor knee injury) were also held out of practice again. Wilkins watched from the sidelines and worked out with a medicine ball during the open viewing periods.

Ole Miss will hold a closed scrimmage Saturday, its first of camp.

Video from the viewing portion of Friday’s practice is below.