Rebels' tight end depth dwindling

Ole Miss tight end signee A.J. Jackson has failed to qualify academically and won't be with the Rebels this fall.

Jackson was part of Ole Miss' nationally ranked 2013 signing class, and more importantly, played a position that has become increasingly thin as the season approaches.

Three senior tight ends from a year ago departed, making the position a priority in this signing class. Christian Morgan, a true freshman who enrolled early, was the Rebels' only scholarship tight end during the spring, but a torn meniscus has left his status for the 2013 season in question.

Freshman tight end Evan Engram is also part of the 2013 class. Right now, former walk-on Jack Nuismer is listed as the Rebels' starter at tight end. Nuismer, a senior, doesn't have a catch during his career.

The good news for Ole Miss is that top safety prospect Antonio Conner has qualified academically. Conner, who's from Batesville, Miss., was ranked as the No. 2 safety nationally by ESPN and was heavily recruited. He's a perfect fit for the hybrid "Husky" position (part-linebacker and part-safety) in Dave Wommack's 4-2-5 defense and will be a strong candidate to start as a freshman.