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WATCH: New and old Rebels were there as Ole Miss started winding down spring football clock

Ben Garrettby:Ben Garrett04/09/24


One practice down, only two left to go for Ole Miss football in its final week of spring practices. 

The Rebels held a padded walk-through in the Manning Center due to uncharacteristically cold and rainy conditions in Oxford Tuesday morning. A number of recruits were in attendance, as were a couple of former Rebels, among them Daverin Geralds. Another was Cody Core. Core, a wide receiver, spent seven seasons in the NFL.

Geralds’ son, Deuce, is already ranked as the No. 101 overall recruit for the 2026 class. Deuce Geralds is a 6-foot-1, 255-pound defensive lineman. His current offers include Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and USC.

“I think we’re progressing along really well,” fifth-year Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said in his post-practice comments. “Continuing to try to install our base schemes, but also things we’ve looked at in the off-season like we always do and implementing all these new players and a few new coaches. Really pleased with where we’re at. 

“I don’t know about the tackling part because we’ve stayed away from that from a scrimmage standpoint. We’ll do that in the fall; much more (like) the NFL model that way. But very pleased where we’re at.”

Ole Miss will close out with the ‘Grove Bowl Games’ Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. 

The Rebels this year are forgoing a typical mock Ole Miss Game Day for a multi-competition event fashioned after the NFL’s Pro Bowl. They’ll have dunk and hot-dog-eating competitions, to go along with an obstacle course and 7-on-7, Red/Navy scrimmage.

“We didn’t have a big announcement,” Kiffin said of the Grove Bowl format. “We drafted leadership (and) split the offense and defense. I explained to them and kind of threw ideas out with them, too. We’re really excited about it. It’ll be fun but competitive, too. If you win the dunk competition you get a certain number of points and so on.”

Kiffin was joined at the post-practice podium by second-year wide receiver Ayden Williams and Washington transfer offensive lineman Nate Kalepo. Here’s everything they had to say.

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