Wallace’s challenge

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).

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • RebFan1

    Defenses live and die by the blitz. If Texas is successful with the blitz, it will be a tough night for the Rebels. However, if the Rebels are well prepared, and I think they will be, and they can figure out the blitzes while giving Wallace time to read the progressions, we could have a huge night in the passing game.

    I may be crazy, but I like the Rebels in this game by a smidgen. Handling the blitz package of Texas will be the key in my opinion. Texas is going to score on us, so we just have to keep our offense humming the way it did in the last two games and we can keep it close I think.

    A moral victory would be better than anyone expected 3 weeks ago, but I don’t think this team is a moral victory type of team. I think they play over their heads and make a game of this one.

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