A few quick notes

About to get on the road to Oxford. Hugh Freeze will conduct is regular Monday presser at 11:30 followed by some players.

In the meantime …

Ole Miss gained a lot of notoriety for its explosive offense at the beginning of the season when it surpassed the 70-point mark in back-to-back non-conference games against Tennessee-Martin and Fresno State. The Rebels have also pinned 52 on New Mexico State.

The Rebels deserve a lot of credit for scoring 43 on Alabama. There were turnovers, yes, but those drives still required execution, and Ole Miss was able to finish drives with touchdowns while amassing 433 yards against the Tide.

We’re not seeing the same offense, and the trouble began the next week when the Rebels struggled past Vanderbilt.

At the same time, accurate quarterbacks have posted some incredible numbers against the Ole Miss defense.

In the games since Alabama against what I would call very good quarterbacks — Will Grier of Florida, although young, and Paxton Lynch — the Ole Miss secondary has been picked a part.

Grier was 24-for-29 passing, Lynch 39-for-53.

That’s a combined 63-for-82 … a stunning 76.8 percent completion rate.

Yes, injuries come into play here, but you should have backups capable of preventing such a high percentage.

Food for thought as the Rebels try to improve on the fly with good opposing quarterbacks coming down the stretch.

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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  • papatoLC

    The Ole Miss heart has been publicly questioned from within. If we look back over the year isn’t this what has been said over the course of the year. The statement every play has a life of its own. Either the talent is not as good as we believed or this team has not shown the heart of a champion. I miss the gang tackling of the last three years and first three games of this year. The leader of that defense is out and I don’t think he will be back this Saturday. I think the offense will be better now that we will see the offensive line that we had hoped to see this season, but behind that defensive line Ole Miss has a group of players that are going to have to play with the heart of a champion if the Rebels hope to win any of the remaining five games. I am looking forward to seeing the answer that this group of young men give. One thing is for sure I am a Ole Miss Rebel and five games from now I will be an Ole Miss Rebel!

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