Second chance for defense

From the mother ship, the Alabama game is the second chance for a good impression for the Ole Miss defense. The Rebels have shown gradual improvement in three non-conference games going back to the second half of Central Arkansas after the Bears put up some yards and points in the first half.

The Rebels were better against UTEP — then came Texas — and they held a struggling Tulane team to 159 yards last week.

Texas, though, put up 66 points and almost 700 yards. Hugh Freeze and staff responded with mass change in the secondary last week. Freeze believes the Rebels will show improvement on defense against Alabama.

Elsewhere …

Kelly Johnson, Alabama’s starting H-Back, and his fraternity are named in a federal lawsuit with an accusation of assault.

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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