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Rebels’ Starting RT Alex Givens Recovering From Back Surgery

Rebels’ Starting RT Alex Givens Recovering From Back Surgery

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

Alex Givens

Alex Givens, shown here at SEC Media Days, will miss preseason camp due to recent back surgery.

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. 

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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