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OXFORD, Miss. — As we count down the days until the Ole Miss season opener against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl, we are releasing who we think the Top 50 Most Impactful Players will be for the Rebels this season. This series is a way for Ole Miss fans to learn more about players to keep an eye on this fall.
With 38 days before kickoff, coming in at No. 38…
Jarod “Snoop” Conner is a 5-foot-10, 216-pound running back for Ole Miss. As a senior quarterback at Hattiesburg High School, he threw for 2,324 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,622 yards and 27 touchdowns before signing with Ole Miss in the class of 2019.
During his career at Hattiesburg, Conner amassed 8,411 total yards and 63 TDs, finishing his high school career with 3,465 rushing yards for an average of 7.7 yards per carry. He was named Class 5A Mr. Football by MHSAA and was selected to the Clarion Ledger’s 2018 Dandy Dozen. He was also the MVP of the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game where he rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Conner early enrolled back in January, allowing him to go through spring practices under the Rebels’ new offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez. He enjoyed a really good spring camp and capitalized in the Grove Bowl where he led the team with fifty-two rushing yards on ten attempts and also made two catches for twelve yards.
Really like what I saw from #OleMiss freshman RB Snoop Conner (5’10” 216) in the bit I saw of him in the spring game. Lowers his pads and breaks a few tackles for a nice gain. Displays good contact balance as well #devy #CFF pic.twitter.com/Z2T0hdH7Tl
— Jason DiRienzo (@allpurposescout) April 10, 2019
As we saw in the spring, Conner will be able to move the pile between the tackles as well as play in open space and catch balls when called upon — something Coach Rich Rod might take advantage of early in Conner’s career.
The Ole Miss running back room is a lot more crowded this season compared to recent memory. Scottie Phillips is the de facto returning starter with Isaiah Woullard trying to hold off five-star freshman running back Ealy in fall camp. Not to mention, D’Vaughn Pennamon is hungry for a taste of football carries after missing all of last season due to injury.
Nevertheless, Coach Rich Rod will rotate a lot of running backs in his offense to keep them fresh, so we would not be at all shocked to see Conner used in at least four Ole Miss games this fall, which would preserve his redshirt season. That being said, we can also see Conner getting a lot more action if he’s just too good to keep off the field.
Top 50 Most Impactful Rebels:
39. Michael Howard
40. Vernon Dasher
41. Ryder Anderson
42. D’Vaughn Pennamon
43. C.J. Miller
44. Charles Wiley
45. Sincere David
46. Mac Brown
47. Jason Pellerin
48. Chandler Tuitt
49. Dannis Jackson
50. Jonathan Mingo
Derrell has covered Ole Miss athletics in the past for Rebels247 at 247Sports. He attended Delta State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He is currently pursuing his Pharm.D. at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy with an expected graduation of May, 2020.