Mid-term grades for Ole Miss defense

Hey, it’s mid-term for Ole Miss football so why not pass out grades?

With six games in the books the Rebels are 6-0 and eager to keep the streak going this week against Tennessee.

Much of the talk about this team has been around its defense which will be featured in tomorrow’s Daily Journal.

Safety Cody Prewitt says he gives the Ole Miss defense a “B or B-plus” overall. There are some subscores that are higher, but Prewitt says the total package can be better.

“I’d give us a B or B-plus right now because I know the smaller things that people don’t recognize, the small fits here or there, the blitz integrity, angles in the secondary … small things that people don’t notice very much.”

One of the trademarks for this defense has been its ability to swarm to the football.

“I’d give us an A-plus on effort, absolutely,” said Prewitt, whose 75-yard touchdown run with an interception was called the “turning point” at Texas A&M by defensive coordinator Dave Wommack.

“Our defensive line is so explosive and relentless,” Prewitt said. “They don’t get tired. When you have pressure like that coming at you consistently for 60 minutes as a quarterback it disrupts your focus in the pocket. Seldom does the quarterback have a good pocket against us.

Ole Miss heads into Saturday’s home game against Tennessee No. 3 in the SEC in run defense, No. 3 in total defense, No. 1 in passing yards per game and in pass defense efficiency, No. 1 in scoring defense.

Players hear the praise but are determined not to soak it all in.

“We want to improve in every aspect,” defensive tackle Issac Gross said. “We want to be No. 1 in the run game, pass game, turnover margin, third down margin … every margin there is we want to be No. 1. And when we become No. 1 we won’t rest. We want to stay No. 1.”

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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