Alex Givens is expected to anchor the Ole Miss offensive line this fall but he will now have to do so after missing training camp with his teammates.

Ole Miss announced the news on Monday, noting that the senior lineman had surgery to correct an issue that “emerged this summer.” The program released the following statement announcing the news:

“Alex Givens underwent a successful surgical procedure on his lower back on July 18. After receiving the medical staff’s evaluation of his progress, Givens will be limited throughout preseason camp and is hopeful to return in time for the opener.”

Givens started every game for the Rebels last season, playing mostly at right tackle. He also appeared in 10 games during his sophomore season. The senior lineman was among the three players selected by Matt Luke to represent the program at 2019 SEC Media Days.

While missing the first training camp in Rich Rodriguez’s offense obviously isn’t ideal, the fact that this issue was found early enough to possibly get Givens on the field for the opener could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Ole Miss opens the season at Memphis before hosting Arkansas in Week 2 and both games will be critical to the success of the upcoming season.

Having a healthy Givens in the lineup for those contests could prove to be the difference between winning and losing for the Rebels.