Taking Notice

From the Mother Ship, the Ole Miss defense is turning heads.

Players like the attention they’re receiving, but are focused only on getting better they say. Interesting response from junior defensive tackle Issac Gross on how the defense can improve.

From the Mother Ship, the Ole Miss defense.

From my take this Ole Miss defense is better than it was a month ago in stopping the run. Alabama rushed for 168 yards on 44 carries, an average of 3.8 per attempt. A year ago Alabama rushed for 254 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry against Ole Miss.

Alabama had some success running between the tackles and on its touchdown drive found some plays it liked running off tackle left and at left end. Corrections were made by Ole Miss.

The Rebels’ defense was very good against Alabama. It was dominant against Texas A&M, holding the Aggies to 54 yards on 35 carries.

Boise, Vanderbilt and Lafayette all had periods of success running the football but couldn’t not sustain that throughout the game. Run defense was better against Memphis, holding the Tigers to 23 yards on 31 attempts. That was one game. You needed to see a trend develop and it has.

Now it needs to continue. The Rebels will face some very good rushing teams in the weeks ahead. Now matter how good they might be in the passing game everything becomes more difficult if you can’t sustain a run game.

Ask Texas A&M.

 

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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