Ole Miss football had a relatively successful 2022 season but it wasn’t quite as memorable as 2021 in Matt Corral’s last year with the program.
The Rebels finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and while they didn’t contend for an SEC title, they still showed promise. They gained ground, talent-wise, in the SEC and the 2023 season could be a special season for Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin signed the No. 15 recruiting class in 2022 and some of those guys could help get Ole Miss to the top of the SEC.
Here are three second-year players who could become stars this season.
Otis Reese is gone and a door has opened at safety for a guy like Taylor Groves to move into that two-deep depth chart for 2023.
Groves is a talented defensive back that could very well push for some starting snaps next season at safety or just earn some time as a backup. Either way, I think we’ll see him mold into one of the better young defensive backs in the SEC and a potential star as a second-year player.
As a freshman, the former four-star had just one tackle in one game so he was able to preserve that redshirt.
Groves has a good frame at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds and projects to be a free safety on that Ole Miss defense. He could learn a lot from Pete Golding.