The Ole Miss Rebels are in search of a new starting quarterback now that three-year starter Bo Wallace has graduated, but Thursday the competition to replace Wallace was narrowed.

Kendrick Doss, a former three-star dual-threat quarterback from the class of 2014 who redshirted last season, has moved from quarterback to safety, and is already listed as a defensive back on his profile on Ole Miss’ athletics website.

Doss was never openly considered to be a contender for the starting job, although Freeze has kept that competition close to the vest throughout the spring. Junior college transfer Chad Kelly and redshirt sophomores Devante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan are considered the three signal callers in contention.

Doss will now move to the secondary, where Ole Miss lost two All-Americans after last season in Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt.

“He’s behind, but working hard. Great kid,” Freeze told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “We try to be as straight forward with the kids (as we can). We just didn’t think the future of quarterback for him here looked very promising. He was very open to trying somewhere else.”