After 16 seasons with the program, Ole Miss WR coach Derrick Nix has left his role, heading to Auburn as the OC under Hugh Freeze. It now leaves an opening under Lane Kiffin and OC Charlie Weis Jr. Could we see the below names as targets for the vacant WR coaching job?
A former Ole Miss wide receiver from 2002-2005, Mike Espy has thrown his name into the hat not long after Nix's departure. Espy took to social media to post saying, "I know one of the best WR coaches in the nation who is available".
After his college and NFL career with the now-named Washington Commanders, Espy started his own training program specialising in maximising players' performance. Espy is a well-respected ex-player out of the State of Mississippi and has several years of coaching experience with WRs.
Current Southern Miss running back coach Michael Spurlock could be one of the front runners. Another previous Ole Miss player, Spurlock was a senior analyst under Lane Kiffin from 2020-2021.
Spurlock has already had experience as a WRs coach during the 2023 season with Western Kentucky, coaching one of the top group of five players, Malachi Corley. Spurlock has also spent time in the NFL with Green Bay and Dallas Cowboys on the special teams side of the ball.
The current director of recruiting strategy at Ole Miss, Kelvin Bolden could be a potential candidate for the WR coaching job. Bolden had already had his name mentioned for the TE coaching job after the departure of John David Baker to East Carolina.
Over two seasons as WR for Southern Miss, Bolden had 1,393 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Before joining up with Lane Kiffin, Bolden was a WR assistant coach at Central Florida under HC Gus Malzahn.
It may seem like a low percentage chance. However, Heath Dedeaux has been a big part of the WR room at Ole Miss. Now, with two years of experience under his belt as a graduate assistant on offense, could we see a surprise appointment to the open WR coach?
Dedeaux has already shown a great rapport with the current Ole Miss WR core. He has also been a part of the recruitment for the future crop of Ole Miss receivers. Yes, it may be a big jump for Dedeaux, but it's not out of the question.