Ole Miss center Eli Johnson opts out of 2020 season

Senior center Eli Johnson has become the first Ole Miss player to opt out of the upcoming football season.

Johnson, whose father endured a lengthy battle with COVID-19, announced his decision on Twitter late Sunday night.

The Rebels now have a hole to fill on their offensive line after Johnson started all 12 games in 2019. He’s currently the only center listed on the Rebels’ 2020 roster.

Ole Miss begins fall camp today with the season just over a month away. The SEC will release its full schedule today with week one matchups set to drop at 2 p.m. CT and the remainder to follow at 6 p.m. CT.