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Monday, August 29, 2011
Ole Miss' first depth chart is out

By Edward Aschoff

With just days until the season starts, another SEC team has released its opening day depth chart.

This time, it was Ole Miss, who starts the season with a tough home opener against BYU.

This one was expected to be more exciting with the whole quarterback battle going on, but with Randall Mackey being suspended for Saturday's game because of a fight at a downtown bar, Barry Brunetti was named the starter last week.

Even with that out of the way, there were still some interesting notes to come out of coach Houston's Nutt's season-opening depth chart.

For starters, true freshman linebacker C.J. Johnson, who most people expect to be a star in the Rebels' defense is listed as the No. 2 middle linebacker behind sophomore Mike Marry. Johnson's arrival has been highly anticipated and it wouldn't be a shocker if he moved up the depth chart in the coming weeks.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Ralph Williams is currently listed ahead of junior Joel Kight at weakside linebacker. Kight started nine games in 2010.

The only true freshman to make the first starting lineup for the Rebels is wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who is ahead of redshirt freshman Vincent Sanders, who some have felt could be a major playmaker for the Rebels. Highly-touted prospects Nickolas Brassell and Tobias Singleton are listed in the "or" situation with Ja-Mes Logan.

Junior college transfer cornerback Wesley Pendleton is listed as a starting cornerback. Big things are expected from him after a success JUCO career and a very solid spring and preseason.