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It’s always nice to have a big, durable quarterback—one who can take a bone-jarring sack and pop right back up, or maybe even shrug it off altogether.
However, Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels might be taking that to a whole other level.
Joe Student of Busted Coverage spotted Jeremy Liggins, a junior college transfer quarterback for the Rebels, who began spring practice this week right around 300 pounds. His official Ole Miss bio lists him as a 6’3”, 296-pound athlete.
While that might sound a bit heavy for a typical quarterback, Freeze is going to give him a shot at the sport’s most important position.
As reported by CBS Sports’ Jerry Hinnen, Freeze lauded Liggins’ arm strength while speaking with CBS Sports’ Signing Day Live, but he admitted that his weight has become an issue. According to the report from Feb. 5, Liggins once weighed in at 303 pounds:
Freeze also discussed new JUCO signee Jeremy Liggins, a one-time LSU quarterback commit who Freeze says currently weighs in at 303 pounds — and will still get a shot at playing quarterback for the Rebels.
"We’re going to find out this spring," Freeze said of Liggins’ chances at remaining at quarterback. "He’s a tremendous athlete … can throw the ball 70, 75 yards.
"He’s gotten a bit out of shape … but he’s fighting to get himself down and has already lost 12 pounds. We’re real anxious to get to spring and try him out at both at the tight end spot and at quarterback."
A bit out of shape is certainly an understatement. Liggins was listed at270 pounds by 247Sports as a 3-star recruit out of Northeast Mississippi Community College.
The Oxford, Miss., native was a 4-star dual-threat quarterback LSU signee from the class of 2012. However, after attending junior college, he switched his commitment to the hometown Rebels.
If his arm strength is as advertised, he’ll have an incredible ceiling as a quarterback if he can shed some excess weight. With his size, he wouldn’t have any trouble facing the rigors of the SEC.
However, if his weight doesn’t come down, a position change would likely be in order. He was also recruited as a defensive end.
At his current size, he outweighs every one of Ole Miss’ defensive ends and is 81 pounds heavier than its largest listed quarterback, freshman early enrollee Kendrick Doss.
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