According to a report from Davis Potter of The Oxford Eagle on Tuesday afternoon, Ole Miss safety Deontay Anderson encountered a fractured hand on Sunday. Nonetheless, the up-and-coming defensive back is not expected to be hindered as a result of the nearly devastating setback.
The injury isn’t slated to force Anderson to miss any action at all. The 6-1- incoming freshman was ranked as the No. 2 safety in the 2016 recruiting class by 247sports out of Manvel High School in Texas. He is extremely fast and excelled in coverage during his high school days, but is also big and strong enough to close down running lanes while making plays in the backfield.
As a freshman, Anderson was not expected to factor much into the Rebels’ immediate defensive plans as junior C.J. Hampton and sophomore Zedrick Woods are in line to start at each safety spot.
Ole Miss checked in at No. 11 in the Associated Press’ preseason poll on the heels of an impressive 10-3 season in 2015. Head coach Hugh Freeze’s squad finished second in the SEC West last season and capped things off by blitzing Oklahoma State 48-20 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Rebels will come into this season ranked fourth among SEC clubs in the aforementioned AP poll behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 LSU and No. 9 Tennessee.
Behind Heisman hopeful quarterback Chad Kelly, Ole Miss kicks things off with a showdown against No. 4 ranked Florida State in Orlando on Monday, September 5.