Nov. 27—OXFORD — With its second Egg Bowl win in a row, Ole Miss (10-2 overall, 6-2 SEC) wrapped up its first 10-win regular season in program history. The Rebels are headed to a New Year's Six game, though the specifics won't be official until next Sunday.
It's never too early to look ahead, however, so here is a peek at what the Rebels might look like come 2022 against Mississippi State.
Luke Altmyer, 6-1, 205, Fr.
The most important question for Ole Miss starts here — who will take over for Matt Corral, who has already said he is headed to the NFL? If there's an in-house solution, it's Altmyer. But if the transfer portal is on the table, a popular name being thrown around is Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler. A lot could happen.
Henry Parrish Jr., 5-10, 190, So.
I don't know if both Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Conner come back, but I think at least one of them will hold off on the NFL. Regardless, Parrish will be there. The running back room remains in good hands.
Jonathan Mingo, 6-2, 225, Jr.
Mingo's season was derailed by injury, but he has had an overall good season when healthy. A strong final campaign as the team's ace could move him into the earlier rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft. Braylon Sanders and Dontario Drummond are NFL-bound after this year. Mingo needs to be a consistent top option.
Dannis Jackson, 5-11, 175, Jr.
Injuries to Mingo, Sanders and Drummond forced Jackson into significant action this season. With Sanders and Drummond gone, Jackson should play a big part in the passing game.
John Rhys Plumlee, 6-0, 200, Jr.
Plumlee had a huge game against Liberty (as did Jackson) and showed signs that his transition to receiver from quarterback was turning the corner. The Rebels will need him in 2022.
Casey Kelly, 6-3, 245, So.
Kelly had a huge night at Auburn and has shown signs of being a steady producer. He should be even better next season.
Jeremy James, 6-5, 305, So.
I think there's a chance Nick Broeker heads to the NFL, so under that assumption, moving James over from the right side makes a lot of sense.
Eli Acker, 6-5, 300, Fr.
Acker has played well in recent weeks. He looks to be a solid option up front come 2022.
Bryce Ramsey, 6-1, 330, So.
When Orlando Umana was out, Ramsey played a bit of center. Umana is out of eligibility, so Ramsey fits.
Caleb Warren, 6-5, 310, So.
Waren has won back-to-back SEC Lineman of the Week awards. He's going to be a star.
Jalen Cunningham, 6-4, 325, Jr.
Reese McIntyre makes the most sense, but a wild card here could be Cunningham. He's a good athlete who has played both sides of the ball. Plus, he has tackle size. Why not give it a try?
Cedric Johnson, 6-3, 255, So.
With Sam Williams gone, Johnson will have to be the team's best pass rusher. He has 6.5 sacks this season.
K.D. Hill, 6-1, 310, Jr.
There are a lot of potential tackles here, but assuming a 3-2-6 base defense, Hill fits the style of run-stuffer well.
Tywone Malone, 6-4, 310, Fr.
He isn't a proto-typical pass rusher in terms of body, but Malone can be a devastating anchor somewhere up front. His offseason development is crucial.
Ashanti Cistrunk, 6-1, 230, Jr.
Mark Robinson is gone, so Cistrunk could slide in here. Cistrunk had a huge game against Texas A&M.
Chance Campbell, 6-2, 240, Sr.
Campbell still has another year of eligibility remaining, and given that his brother just committed to Ole Miss, it's not too farfetched to imagine them playing together for a year.
Tysheem Johnson, 5-9, 205, Fr.
Johnson has come on of late. It's easy to see him playing a big role next season.
Deantre Prince, 6-0, 180, Jr.
Prince's impressive, toe-tapping interception against Vanderbilt was a sign of things to come.
Trey Washington, 5-10, 205, Fr.
Washington has made 23 tackles this year, but he'll be more active come 2022.
Markevious Brown, 5-10, 180, Fr.
The highly-touted Brown should be a fixture in the lineup sooner rather than later.
A.J. Finley, 6-2, 210, Jr.
Unless he surprises everyone and declares for the NFL, Finley will enter 2022 as one of the team's defensive stalwarts.
Keidron Smith, 6-2, 210, Sr.
Like Campbell, Smith has another year of eligibility. When Jake Springer was injured, Smith saw significant action.
Charlie Nichols, 6-0, 170, Fr./ Transfer portal
The only other punter other than soon-to-be-departed Mac Brown on the roster is Charlie Nichols. The transfer portal is a likely option.
Cale Nation, 5-10, 155, So.
Caden Costa is currently ineligible, and NCAA rules state that if he doesn't win his appeal for banned substances, he would miss a year. If he comes back, it's his job. If not, Nation is the man.