- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Sawyer was second on the team with 70 tackles last year and led the Rebels with four interceptions last season.
First-year coach Hugh Freeze didn't have a lot of bodies to work with overall, and losing someone of Sawyer's stature really hurts. He has the ability to play all over and has solid coverage skills. Freeze felt pretty good about his secondary this spring and heading into fall camp, mainly because Sawyer was leading things back there.
The good news is that Sawyer won't be lost for the season. If he comes back in the four to six weeks that Freeze expects, he could be back for the Rebels' second game against UTEP. But it wouldn't be a surprise if he sat out until the Texas game on Sept. 15. Making sure Sawyer comes back 100 percent is the most important thing at this point.
It was also announced that sophomore wide receiver Collins Moore has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He needs surgery, but he'll try rehab and attempt to play through the pain before surgery. Losing bodies at wide receiver can't happen for the Rebels, so Moore will try and play as along as he can at this point.
Ole Miss received some tough news on Monday when it was announced that junior safety Charles Sawyer will miss at least a month after tearing his quadriceps muscle during Sunday's practice.