When Ole Miss lost at Auburn two years ago it was the coming out party for Nick Marshall as a running quarterback.
Gus Malzahn had shown some of that with Marshall but not much in a handful of games before that Oct. 5 game.
Marshall passed for less than a hundred yards but ran 14 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 30-22 win.
Sean White isn’t going to be the rebirth of Nick Marshall as a running quarterback. Jeremy Johnson might have been, but White isn’t.
That doesn’t mean Hugh Freeze isn’t expecting to see White carry the ball. In fact, he compares him to his own quarterback, Chad Kelly, in the ground game.
In that regard, White might carry more Saturday than he has been since Kelly’s role in the ground game appears to be increasing.
“He’s a lot like Chad,” Freeze said. “We don’t do it a lot, but we could, and they can too so you have to be assignment sound. There’s no question you don’t see as many quarterback runs though.”
So the Rebels prepared for it in practice but not much.
“You don’t have as many scripted quarterback keeps in practice, but they can run it with him. They’ve shown that he can pull it and run and be effective.”
Kelly has run 55 times for 141 net yards and four touchdowns. Sack yardage figures into that total.
White has carried 28 times for 48 yards. He has neither a rushing touchdown nor a passing touchdown this season.