Caleb Warren’s versatility a plus for the Ole Miss offensive line
OXFORD, Miss. — When sportswriters speak of a versatile player on the Ole Miss roster, the name John Rhys Plumlee is the one that comes up most frequently.
But the Rebels have another player who is versatile; he just happens to outweigh Plumlee by 115 pounds.
Caleb Warren is back on the Ole Miss offensive line. Just where does the 6-foot-5-inch, 310-pounder play on the offensive line? Pretty much anywhere he is needed.
“I’m taking guard and center reps in fall camp to be ready for fall if anybody goes down, just to be an extra tool the offense can use.”
Caleb Warren on where he’s playing and how his game has evolved
Warren is not just a tool for the Rebels to use, he is a Swiss-Army knife. The sophomore from Louisville, Miss. has the ability to move from position to position. This past spring, the team needed him at center, so that’s where he played. This fall, he’s been back at his left guard spot.
While Bryce Ramsey took reps with the ones in Saturday’s scrimmage in place of transfer center Orlando Urmana who is out with an injury, Warren could always slide over there if needed.
Warren was impressed with the job the o-line did Saturday. “We’ve got a couple of guys down, but overall we did pretty good today,” Warren explained. “We’ve got good communication up front.
Warren believes Umana will be back at center soon and will be able to help lead the offensive line.
“He’s been a really good asset to the offensive line,” Warren said about the Utah transfer. “He’s done really good this fall camp and we look forward to having a great season with him.”
But head coach Lane Kiffin knows he has an asset in Warren, as well.
“Caleb has been very valuable. He did a great job when he was healthy last year. We played him at center (in the spring), and he could potentially have to play there at some point in the season. He’s been very good and has played really well.”
Coach Lane Kiffin on Caleb Warren
“(We are) tough, physical — you know, we’ll get after you play in play out, every drive, every game,” Warren said. “Returning four starters, we led the SEC in rushing last year. We just look forward to having a great year.”
The Rebels averaged 210.6 yards a game on the ground and 39.2 points per game in 2020.
With the return of running backs Jerrion Ealy, Snoop Conner, Henry Parrish, Jr., and with the ability of quarterback Matt Corral to use his legs, the Rebels should be able to rack up yards on the ground again in 2021. If that happens, it will be because of the play of the offensive line who likes to let their play do the talking.
“He’s just kind of a very quiet player that plays well. You don’t hear his name very much,” Kiffin said of Warren.
If the Rebels have success this season, sportswriters will mention Warren’s name plenty.
(Feature image credit: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss)