If the Ole Miss football team is going to rebound from last year’s disappointing 4-8 season, they will need some help on the defensive side of the ball. Houston Nutt hopes that help comes in the form of defensive menace Kentrell Lockett. Lockett was granted a rare sixth year of eligibility after suffering an ACL injury at the start of last season. Without Lockett, Ole Miss ranked 11th in total defense and last in scoring defense in the SEC. They only return three starters on defense, which might be a good thing considering how bad last year’s squad turned out. The loss of D.T. Shackelford in the spring makes Lockett’s return that much more important. Lockett won’t just provide the Rebels with an aggressive pass rush, but, more importantly, leadership, which is something they have struggled to find with this year’s team.
“Means so much to get it back,” coach Houston Nutt said. “He is a tremendous leader for us. He does so much with his teammates. He’s a winner.”
Despite not playing last season, Lockett was voted to the first team Pre-Season All-SEC by the Media, and looks to put together a monster season for a defense that needs monster improvements.