Pinkel on the Rebels

Good stuff earlier this week from Missouri coach Gary Pinkel in his assessment of Ole Miss. He was very complimentary of the Rebels.

“They’re better. They’re a really good football team. But you expected them to be. It’s not like we looked at the tape and said, ‘Wow, these guys are pretty good.’ I told you about this league. They’ve got great teams. He’s done a great job with the program.”

Interesting that almost two seasons in there’s still some sort of “newness” regarding the SEC.

He had good things to say about Bo Wallace, who is completing 73 percent of his passes over the Rebels’ current four-game win streak.

“Their quarterback has played at a very high level. They play two quarterbacks, but 14, Wallace … he’s really playing well. They have really good receivers, really good running backs. They’ve got a stable full of athletes at those positions and a good offensive line.

“The numbers they’re putting up and the stress they put on defenses are real.”

Here’s Pinkel on the Ole Miss defense.

“They’re sound, and they’re well-coached. They don’t take a lot of chances.”

Which is part of why the Rebels are ranked No. 103 in America with 1.3 sacks per game. The approach of limiting big plays, however, has served Ole Miss well many times this season.

I am wondering if that changes much with a quarterback coming back into the game this week who hasn’t had meaningful snaps in more than a month.

More Pinkel.

“We’re going to play a really, really good team, and you know that. When you’re in the hunt like we are, that’s what you expect. You expect to play games like this. Our whole thing is still focusing on playing our best football game, doing things right every day. There’s no more to it than that. You don’t need any more motivation.”


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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