The breaking news for Rebel fans today wasn't what they wanted to read. Star running back Quinshon Judkins has confirmed he will be entering the transfer portal.
After all the good news that has come the way of Rebel Nation, it may have been egotistical to think running back Quinshon Judkins would stay in Oxford. However, today, the sophomore running back confirmed he would be heading into the transfer portal.
Judkins took to social media to announce his decision, while thanking, coaching staff, teammates and the Rebel fans.
""After long talks with my family and hard prayers, I have decided to enter the transfer portal. The decision to to enter into the transfer portal was not made lightly, but I believe that it is the best decision for my personal and athletic growth.""- Quinshon Judkins via social media post
It's a blow for head coach Lane Kiffin, with Judkins being a key contributor to the Ole Miss offense over his two seasons. In his true freshman season, Judkins rushed for 1,567 yards and 17 touchdowns. This season, he fell short of those numbers. However, he still had 1,158 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.
Despite the transfer portal closing on Dec.2, Judkins was still able to enter the transfer portal five days after the Peach Bowl.
Despite entering the transfer portal, it does not mean the star running back can't end up back with Ole Miss. It could be seen as a player testing the NIL market. If Judkins does leave the program, head coach Lane Kiffin will have a plan.
It's a setback, with Ole Miss putting together a team that could challenge for the national championship in 2024. However, there is no need to panic for the Rebels. Kiffin could bring in running backs from the transfer portal. Maybe even utilise what the Rebels have from their 2023/2024 recruiting classes.