Backs at UM, Miss.St. competing for time
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Anyone wanting to be the starting tailback at one of Mississippi’s two Southeastern Conference schools this season better be ready for a fight.
At least four players are vying for playing time at both Ole Miss and Mississippi State as preseason practice gets under way this week and there are no guarantees that today’s depth charts will be relevant when the season starts.
It’s up for grabs,” tailback Cordera Eason said of Ole Miss’ starting job. “May the best man win.”
After a painful two-year stint on the bench behind two-time 1,000-yard rusher BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Eason is ready for the breakout season he thought would come shortly after leaving high school as a highly touted recruit.
Problem is he’s got a pack of would-be contenders chasing him and a new coach to convince he’s the best back for the job.