Making the adjustment

A defensive tackle until recent circumstances dictated otherwise, Ole Miss junior Bryon Bennett talks about his move out to defensive end.

It was interesting earlier this week to hear Hugh Freeze talk about how Bennett seems to play with greater intensity at end than tackle. Freeze referenced the “motor” that we often hear about.

Here’s Bennett:


Bennett also isn’t shy in talking about the “winnable” games coming up on the schedule. It’s a fine line that players have to walk there.

Anybody can look at the schedule and see that beyond No. 10 Missouri in Oxford on Nov. 23, the Rebels have not other ranked opponents to contend with.

Ole Miss has a shot to win out, but I’m not buying into the theory that it would be easy. It will be interesting to see how that Auburn and Arkansas game breaks down Saturday night in Fayetteville. The Hogs are next up on Nov. 9.

Troy, on Nov. 16, is a team that will fling the ball around with some success (No. 16 in pass efficiency, No. 37 in scoring at 34.1 ppg) but gives up yards and points in bunches too (No. 109 in total defense, No. 108 in pass efficiency defense, No. 99 in scoring defense at 32.8 ppg).

Improved health will be a bonus for Ole Miss, but the biggest things the Rebels need to bring down the stretch are focus and intensity.

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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