Ole Miss’ backup QB plan is starting to take shape

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Ole Miss entered spring with five spring quarterbacks; four of them were competing for the backup job to Bo Wallace. Redshirt freshmen DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan are distancing themselves from JUCO transfer Jeremy Liggins and early enrollee Kendrick Doss.

Among Ole Miss’ plethora of spring goals, finding Bo Wallace’s backup was primary. Knowing Barry Brunetti’s impact on the offense the last two years, Freeze likes to have options, including a dual-threat changeup he can throw at opponents.

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Hugh Freeze made it clear that Liggins is too big to be a fulltime quarterback, weighing in at nearly 300 pounds.

“(Liggins is) so far from being in the shape that he would need to be in order to be able to play full-time quarterback,” coach Hugh Freeze told the Clarion Ledger.

Liggins can play a variety of positions for the Rebels, including quarterback in short yardage situations

The Rebels scrimmaged this past weekend, and that helped Kincade and Buchanan distance themselves from the other two challengers. Kincade is a dual-threat gem, who many believe leads the backup competition. Kincade has shown he can fit balls in tight windows this spring, and he isn’t too quick to take off if his primary receiver is covered. And boy does he have some wheels. Buchanan is more of a pocket passer, similar to Wallace, who should be more of a primary reserve this season.

Freeze is looking for a changeup and production from the backup to build Barry Brunetti 2.0. That just might come in the form of Liggins and Kincade. Liggins would be a pounder in short-yard situations, while Kincade could make big plays through the air and still have the threat to run.

Ole Miss returns one of the top offensive and defensive rosters in the SEC, and finding a primary backup to Wallace is key to the Rebels’ overall success.

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  • Nice article Jon. Everything you wrote was right on the money. I am finally happy that Ole Miss has a good starting QB and a lot of talented young QB’s that have time to mature and get ready to play. From the look of things Ole Miss should be just fine at QB for the next few years.