Happy Tuesday, Ole Miss fans!
The Rebels’ are four days away from a huge game against Texas A&M, and there’s no doubt the pressure is building in Oxford. Coach Hugh Freeze took responsibility again on Monday for Saturday’s loss to Memphis. But the question everyone really wants to know is if Ole Miss can turn this thing around.
Here are 7 things to know:
- One of Ole Miss’ issues is along the offensive line. Those problems should improve with star left tackle Laremy Tunsil’s return set for Saturday against Texas A&M. However, the Rebels took another hit up front on Monday when the school announced that starting center Robert Conyers would miss the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.
- Another big issue, which can partly be blamed by the offensive line’s inept play, was Ole Miss’ play on third down. The numbers were atrocious, and when given a close look, make no sense. Here’s my statistical breakdown of the Rebels’ third-down struggles.
- Freeze took a lot of criticism on Saturday when defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche suffered a concussion playing offense. Freeze was asked Monday if Nkemdiche would continue to play on offense. The answer? Nkemdiche certainly wants to.
- Nkemdiche isn’t the only player that has to go through the concussion protocol this week. Here’s a list of players who have to be cleared before the Aggies roll into Oxford this weekend. Also, linebacker C.J. Johnson has a shot at returning against Texas A&M.
- Social media was buzzing this weekend because of some comments former Tee Shepard made about Freeze and Ole Miss on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Freeze responded to Shepard’s comments.
- Speaking of social media, NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took to Twitter to show off his new Ole Miss powder blue racing helmet.
- The SEC announced kickoff times for games on Oct. 31. The Rebels’ contest on the road against Auburn is set for a noon ET kickoff, and the game will be televised on either ESPN or the SEC Network.
Other Ole Miss news from around the Internet
- Ole Miss didn’t have many positives last Saturday, but one takeaway was the impressive play by defensive tackle Breeland Speaks. The redshirt freshman filled in for Nkemdiche and totaled six tackles and two tackles for loss. Chuck Rounsaville took a look at Speaks’ breakout performance.
- Rebels’ quarterback Chad Kelly spoke with the media Monday, and it’s obvious Kelly has taken a leadership role in the locker room. Parrish Alford of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal has video of Kelly’s session with the media.
- Neal McCready of RebelGrove.com wrote a nice piece on Kelly’s comments . Kelly and Ole Miss are trying to regain confidence to get things headed in the right direction.
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