Jaxson Dart has been limited by a lower leg injury this spring, but he appears to be trending in a positive direction as the Rebels close out spring ball.

Lane Kiffin confirmed earlier this spring that Dart had lower-leg surgery this offseason. During Ole Miss’ modified spring game on Saturday, Dart was still able to participate in some of the action. He also spoke with reporters about his progress after the game.

“I feel pretty close to 100 (percent),” Dart said Sunday after Ole Miss’ spring game. “I think it’s going to be a good period to have this May off to get the extra work that I need and kind of get back to the fundamentals of my game. Which I’m really excited for, to be back and doing that.”

Dart also commended Ole Miss’ training staff for helping him to get back to full-strength.

“I thought the training staff has done a great job with me,” Dart added. “They had a really appropriate and detailed plan which I thought, because of that, it’s gonna put me in a better situation come season time. A lot of times you’ll try to rush guys back when they’re not ready and that can lead to other injuries. So I thought the plan they created for me was great. I’m really excited for this summer (and) I’m really excited for this little break that we have coming up and being back 100%.”

Here’s video of Dart finding Tre Harris in a 7-on-7 portion of the Grove Bowl Games on Saturday:

Ole Miss won a school-record 11 games last season largely because of Dart’s emergence as one of the SEC’s best quarterbacks. He threw 3,364 yards, 23 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions while averaging 9.4 yards per attempt.

The Rebels are hoping to take another step forward in 2024 and contend for a College Football Playoff berth. Ole Miss has invested heavily in its 2024 transfer portal class. The Rebels have signed 15 transfers already and have the nation’s No. 1-ranked transfer class, per 247Sports Composite rankings.

Kiffin and his staff will have the opportunity to add to Ole Miss’ highly-rated transfer class when the spring window opens on Monday.

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