July 3, 2006

McSwain's athleticism makes him a playmaker

A surprise at the end of Ole Miss' spring practice was head coach Ed Orgeron's announcement that Mico McSwain could see action at wide receiver this fall after being the Rebels'leading rusher last season as a freshman.

With McSwain on the sidelines for the majority of the spring with a torn muscle, transfer BenJarvus Green-Ellis emerged as the leader at tailback, and with the Rebels' depth a running back, Orgeron has the luxury of giving McSwain a look at another position.

Whether it's running back or wide receiver, Orgeron's goal is to get the ball in McSwain's hands as it feels the sophomore is a playmaker with gamebreaking ability.

A position switch is nothing new for McSwain. After learning wide receiver in the fall of 2004, safety in the spring of 2005, and appearing to be a natural at tailback in 2005, he could see action at wide receiver, or some variation of it, this fall.

The plan doesn't exclusively call for McSwain to be used as a wide receiver he says, seeing action at wide receiver from a slot position could allow the athletic sophomore to contribute.

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