Three Ole Miss Football players who will battle for their job in spring practice

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Jared Ivey, DE

Since transferring to Ole Miss in 2022, defensive end Jared Ivey has been a productive player across the defensive line. During his two seasons with the Rebels, Ivey has 83 tackles, nine sacks and has recovered four fumbles.

Before his defensive MVP performance in the Peach Bowl win over Penn State, Ivey had already decided to head back for his final season at Ole Miss.

The Rebel's defensive line over achieved under year one defensive coordinator Pete Golding. The Ole Miss defensive line had 23 total sacks from the team's season total of 34. Ivey was the joint leader alongside fellow defensive end Cedric Johnson Jr, who has now departed for the NFL.

One transfer that has arrived in Oxford that could prevent Jared Ivey from seeing the field less is Princely Umanmielen, who transferred from Florida. Umanmielen can play as the defensive end or the outside linebacker, also called the Buck.

However, with the successful true freshman season from Suntarine Perkins, who played the Buck position, Umanmielen may feature more as a defensive end in 2024. However, this is not definite, with depth charts not being released until near spring practice.

We may see a more rotational defense with how deep each position group is heading into Spring ball. If that is the case, Ivey may still see fewer snaps compared to his previous seasons in Oxford.