As feared, Ole Miss starting cornerback Ken Webster and backup running back Eric Swinney will be lost for the 2016 season, as head coach Hugh Freeze announced Tuesday (h/t ESPN.com).
Both players suffered major knee injuries in the Rebels’ loss to Florida State on Monday.
Webster awkwardly landed on his knee defending a deep pass early in Monday’s game. He had to be carted off on a stretcher.
Meanwhile, Swinney injured his knee in the second quarter of the game in his first carry of the game.
The loss of Webster will really sting.
Webster, a 5’11”, 189-pound junior defensive back from Decatur, Georgia started every game for the Rebels last year and he was one of the few experienced cornerbacks on the team. He is coming off a sophomore season in which he recorded 40 tackles, one interception and 10 pass deflections.
Webster took to Twitter to confirm he’ll be out for the season.
“I would like to thank every single last person for getting out to me,” he said on the social media site. “I am out for the season. Things happened for a reason and the man above got a great for me. I have an entire year to get bigger, faster and strong. At one point of time tonight I was ready to call quits. All the love everyone showed and prayer I am focused on the comeback and encouraging my brothers to finish this season well.”
— Ken Webster (@Duece_KD) September 6, 2016
Swinney, a 5’9”, 210-pound redshirt freshman running back from Riverdale, Georgia was expected to provide depth in the backfield for Freeze and the Rebels. With Jordan Wilkins already suspended for the season for academic reasons, Freeze will be thin at running back beyond starter Akeem Judd.
Ole Miss is set to host Wofford in its next game this Saturday.