If the tackles are the strongest part of the defensive line and the cornerbacks are the deepest part of the secondary, then the linebackers are arguably the deepest position on Ole Miss’ new-look defense.
Even without D.T. Shackelford in the linebacker rotation, the Rebels have as much experience returning as any defensive position heading into the 2012 season. Junior Mike Marry has made 10 starts and played in 22 games the past two years, while senior Joel Kight has played in 37 games during his career and made 114 tackles. Serderius Bryant was listed as the third stinger going into the summer despite the fact he started three games, played in all 12 contests and made 61 tackles as a true freshman.
Other players such as converted safety Aaron Garbutt have performed well in summer camp and while other parts of the defense may have gotten more attention, the linebackers have remained steady and consistent for the most part. (August 21, 2012, Page 6)