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Ole Miss’ Engram upbeat about young receivers

Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram believes his team has plenty of options at receiver.
Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram believes his team has plenty of options at receiver. Associated Press

Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram had great things to say about some of his new freshman teammates at SEC Media Days recently.

In A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and Tre Nixon Ole Miss signed three of the nation’s top 15 wide receivers according to various recruiting services.

247Sports.com listed Brown No. 5 at the position. All three are top 100 overall prospects.

“They’re beasts man. I haven’t seen freshmen like them,” Engram said. “They’re the real deal. I think they’re going to have great careers at Ole Miss sooner rather than later.”

The freshmen will begin their first fall camp with experienced veterans ahead of them.

Focus shifts from strength and conditioning to team workouts as Ole Miss begins practice this weekend. Players and coaches will be available for interviews a week from today.

Junior Damore’ea Stringfellow and senior Quincy Adeboyejo are listed as starters at the outside receiver spots on the preseason depth chart.

In a bit of a surprise, redshirt freshman Van Jefferson is listed as the starter in the slot ahead of junior Markell Pack, who had 31 catches with three touchdowns last year.

Coaches praised the spring work of Jefferson, the son of Miami Dolphins receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. Van Jefferson was a reluctant redshirt in 2015.

DaMarkus Lodge, a highly recruited player last year who did not redshirt, is listed second behind Adeboyejo.

While the Rebels have talent with which to work they’ll miss Laquon Treadwell, one of the top receivers in school history, and Cody Core, who was drafted by Cincinnati in the sixth ground. Treadwell went in the first round to Minnesota.

“D Lodge and Van had huge springs. When you need somebody to step up in the role of Laquon, and Cody being gone, you couldn’t ask for a better response from them,” Engram said.