In some bad news for the Ole Miss Rebels prior to the 2014 college football regular season beginning, defensive back Chief Brown will likely be done for the year after injuring himself in offseason workouts, according to a report from the Clarion Ledger.
After the practice, head coach Hugh Freeze admitted that Brown tore his Achilles, which usually requires an eight-month rehabilitation process.
“Very sad,” Freeze said.
Brown is a redshirt junior that was projected to be a consistent contributor this season in the backup nickel slot. He started three games last season for Freeze and the Rebels, seeing time at both safety positions, and he recorded 38 tackles and one interception.
He may have been on track for a starting spot this season as he had an outstanding spring, even being named the most improved player on the defensive side of the ball.
With Brown now out of the fold, it’s expected that the Ole Miss coaching staff will give some of the incoming freshman a chance at seeing playing time, putting the recent success they’ve had on the recruiting trail to good use right off the bat.
The past few seasons, the defensive side of the ball has been looked upon at Ole Miss as the strength of the program; now we’ll get a chance to see just how deep it is.