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OXFORD — There’s something uncanny about watching running back Ulysses Bentley IV practice for the Ole Miss football team this spring.

Bentley is a talented running back with plenty of upside. The junior from Houston is one of Ole Miss’ dozen transfer portal adds practicing this spring. Over the past two seasons at SMU, Bentley rushed for 1,523 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 40 passes for 264 yards and two scores.

His presence on the team isn’t bizarre. He’ll certainly play a role on an offense needing to replace its four leading rushers from a year ago. It’s just the fact that he’s practicing for Ole Miss at all that feels weird.

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Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin gestures at Ole Miss spring football practice on March 22, 2022.

Bentley entered the transfer portal on March 14. On March 16, he committed to Ole Miss. By March 22, he was enrolled in classes and able to practice at his new school. All it took was eight days for a college football player to completely change his future.

“We have free agency,” Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said. “Even more with the fact that we have a guy that was at another program a few days ago and now he’s here. It’s truly like free agency.”

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