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While RB Randall Mackey has graduated, starting RB Jeff Scott will be back for his final season at Ole Miss.
Scott is a speedy, electric back, but a player that's been hampered by injury over his career. On the other hand, Mackey did a little bit of everything for the Rebels in Hugh Freeze's dynamic offensive system.
While a replacement or two must be found to fill the role Mackey played in Oxford, it's equally as important that Ole Miss build quality depth in the backfield. Scott combined for over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving last season, but durability is often a question for smaller backs in the SEC over the course of an entire season.
The senior gives his team the ability to score on any given down, but he can't do it all by himself in 2013.
For Scott to be as effective and efficient as he is capable of being, he needs a supporting cast in the backfield.
This spring, sophomores I'Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton return looking for more carries. Additionally, early enrollee Mark Dodson aims to show what he can do as a true freshman.
These will be the three men fighting to show they're worthy of quality minutes behind or in-tandem with Scott.
Entering spring practice, Mathers appears to be the leading candidate. While the smaller Walton figures to be featured more prominently on return teams in 2013, he's another back with lightning speed.
In terms of Dodson, his biggest challenge this spring will be learning the offense. Spring ball will provide him with the first chance to display his talents, and he'll begin his career as a Rebel with great expectations.
The hope in Oxford is that at least one of the three youngsters closes out spring looking solid.