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Ole Miss Running Back Jordan Wilkins Closing In On 1,000-Yard Season

Last updated: 06-01-2019

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Ole Miss Running Back Jordan Wilkins Closing In On 1,000-Yard Season

VIDEO: Jordan Wilkins meets the press following Tuesday's practice in Oxford

Senior running back Jordan Wilkins has a chance to close his career at Ole Miss by rushing for more than 1,000 yards this season.

With two games left to play, Wilkins has rushed for 777 yards and six touchdowns. He's averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

For almost a month now, Wilkins has been working on a banged up ankle and foot.

"I try not to think about it too much out there," Wilkins said following Tuesday evening's practice. "I just try to play. Whenever I tweak it or whatever, I might run off the field and let it chill out for a minute then come right back in. But I'm not limited on any carries or anything. Whatever the team needs me to do, I'm ready to do it."

Wilkins said he can tell his ankle and foot (plantar fascia) are getting better week by week.

"It's not a hundred percent, but it's getting close to it," he shared. "It's getting better."

Wilkins missed the entirety of his junior season due to an administrative academic foul up that was not totally of his own making. He returned with a vengeance.

"I think it just opened my eyes a lot," he said of last season's suspension. "Just to how much this game means to me."

Wilkins and an improved offensive line have emerged to make the Ole Miss offense a greater threat to run the football as the season has progressed.

"I think it took us a minute...a couple of games to figure out who we are," Wilkins said. "I think we're more of a down-hill, be-more-physical type running, and I think that's suited us well."

Wilkins is one of 20 Ole Miss seniors who will be playing their final game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday when the Rebels host Texas A&M for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff.

"I'm not going to try and think about this is the last one too much. I'm just going to go out and play my game and don't over-think it and just be comfortable out there," Wilkins said.


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