Hilton: Alignment and assignment will help Rebels in run game

Ole Miss has struggled to stop the run in its last two SEC games and faces a big task on the road in that department Saturday at Arkansas.

The Razorbacks average 232.9 yards a game on the ground, fourth in the SEC. They will be challenge enough in and of themselves, but expected rainy conditions could give Arkansas more of an advantage since Ole Miss has struggled to run consistently and will be pass-heavy if that continues to play out.

The Rebels allowed only 89 rushing yards on 36 carries to Presbyterian two weeks ago. It’s hard to take much from a game against an FCS opponent, and the memories of LSU running for 264, Auburn for 248 are still strong.

Ole Miss cornerback Mike Hilton says simply being in the right place will go a long way toward slowing down the Hogs.

“We have to play alignment and assignment. Arkansas is known as a ball-control team … downhill, 22 and 23 personnel. We’ve got to make sure everybody, especially the front seven, is all alignment and assignment,” he said.

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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  • blob

    the high rushing yards put up by LSU and Auburn resulted from the place those games had in a very brutal stretch of games– they were the last two of that brutal stretch. The defense was simply worn out. The problem at LSU was exacerbated by an ineffective offense that left the defense on the field way too much. Hence injuries and hence performance deterioration. The defense is fine against the rush when rested as we will be to finish the season unless the offense totally disappears again.

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