The Ole Miss offensive line has had a mixed bag of results through two games.
While the Rebels rushed for 330 yards against UTEP, they clearly are a team right now that likes to get to the edge in the run game. They’re not going to power it up between the guards.
Pass protection was an issue against Central Arkansas, less of one against UTEP. The Rebels will face a myriad of blitzes from Texas, and they’ll be coming with a different level of size and speed.
It will be the biggest challenge to date for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace.
“Well the fact that he is going to face a blitz every snap is going to be key. If he doesn’t get protected then it doesn’t matter about what is going on in the secondary. Once he does get protected he has to find out what is going on in the back end and get the ball in the right place,” Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner said.
Speed is what defines this Texas defense. The Longhorns gave up 17 points to Wyoming in the opener and are coming off a shutout, 45-0, against New Mexico.
“Well they are very athletic. They are an SEC football team. They are big and physical up front and then on the back end they can really run,” Werner said. “They play a lot of man coverage, and they don’t let a lot of people run free. They are just a big athletic football team.”
Through two games Ole Miss leads the SEC n total offense (551.5 ypg), rushing (282.5 ypg), first downs (28.0), third-down conversions (56.5 percent) and fourth-down conversions (100 percent).