Jerrion Ealy, John Rhys Plumlee among Ole Miss football players who won't participate in spring practices
Ole Miss held its first spring practice Tuesday, after which Kiffin addressed the media for the first time since National Signing Day in February. Tight end Casey Kelly, safety Daylen Gill and defensive back Demarko Williams are the other three players who will be absent because of injuries.
"Obviously there are a bunch of other guys who will be limited or will be back at some point," Kiffin said. "But we expect everybody else to be available at some point this spring."
Ealy, who was Ole Miss' leading rusher in 2020, had offseason surgery that is keeping him off the football field and the baseball diamond this spring. Kiffin did not disclose what the injuries keeping the other players out are. Gill made 18 tackles in nine games last season and Kelly caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Williams is a freshman who early enrolled from Westlake High School in Atlanta.
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Additionally, Ole Miss will be without quarterback John Rhys Plumlee this spring. Plumlee is an outfielder for the baseball team who has started three games and played in 13 this season. He's hitting .286 (4-for-14) with one home run, four walks and two stolen bases.
Kiffin said Plumlee did drop by the quarterback meeting Tuesday morning to say hello, but those appearances will not be required of Plumlee.
"When they play two sports, we let the guys fully commit to the other sport," Kiffin said. "Even if they're on our tab from a scholarship standpoint. It's not fair to the player otherwise. I was able to go out to the game and see him this weekend. It's pretty neat for him to be that competitive. To make a team, let alone be on the field in a conference game, just speaks to what a great athlete he is."
Without Plumlee, Ole Miss has three scholarship quarterbacks available this spring. Returning starter Matt Corral is the leader of the group, and behind him are redshirt sophomore Kinkead Dent and early enrollee Luke Altmyer, a four-star signee from Starkville High School.
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