Ole Miss had hoped that Jesse Grandy would provide more big plays in the passing game last season, but that never really materialized.
Now, Grandy is gone. The Rebels' top kickoff and punt returner plans to transfer and won't return next season. He wants to be closer to home because of a family illness.
Even though Grandy caught just 20 passes last season, his speed made him a threat.
The Rebels will be looking for more of that speed, not to mention more big plays, from their playmakers next season. Markeith Summers led the team with six touchdown catches, but he was a senior. Melvin Harris and Ja-Mes Logan will both be back, and they combined for five touchdown catches. The 6-7 Harris was suspended for the finale against Mississippi State, but is back in good standing now after catching 30 passes as a sophomore.
Ole Miss signed one of its most heralded crop of receivers ever in this class, and you can bet a couple of those guys will find their way into the rotation next fall. Tobias Singleton of Madison, Miss., was an ESPNU 150 selection, while Nick Brassell of Batesville, Miss., was also a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 29 receiver nationally. Donte Moncrief of Raleigh, Miss., was ranked 54th nationally among receiver prospects.
Running back Brandon Bolden led Ole Miss in receiving last season with 32 catches and had an excellent season, but the Rebels will need more production and more consistency out of their wide receivers in 2011 if that offense is going to take a step forward under new offensive coordinator David Lee.
The Rebels also signed junior college player Philander Moore, who's already enrolled in school. He's a strong candidate to step in for Grandy as Ole Miss' return guy.