OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss has suffered a loss on the offensive line before fall camp has even begun.
The Rebels announced Monday that starting right tackle Alex Givens — the most experienced of the returning offensive linemen — underwent back surgery earlier this month.
“To address issues that emerged this summer, Alex Givens underwent a successful surgical procedure on his lower back on July 18,” Ole Miss said in a statement from sports information director Kyle Campbell.
“After receiving the medical staff’s evaluation of his progress, Givens will be limited throughout preseason camp and is hopeful to return in time for the opener.”
Kyle Campbell, Ole Miss Sports Information Director
Ole Miss begins fall camp on Friday, August 2.
Givens, a senior, is a preseason, third-team All-SEC selection by both Lindy’s and Phil Steele, and he is a fourth-team pick by Athlon.
The offensive line is already thin, so if Givens is not healthy for the Rebels’ Aug. 31, season opener at Memphis, depth issues could be a concern.
Givens and sophomore right guard Ben Brown are the only two returning starters to the line as the left tackle, left guard and center will all be manned by new starters.
Givens has notched 24 career starts—17 at right tackle and seven at right guard.