Arkansas defensive coordinator has high praise for Tunsil

Laremy Tunsil has made a big impact on the Ole Miss offense in his two games back.

That fact hasn’t been lost on Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith.

“I think he’s one of the best offensive linemen in the country. I think we’ve certainly got to be smart with how we match up against him especially in one-on-one situations,” Smith said. “I think he’s excellent at protecting the passer, and I think he’s been very good in the run game. All the qualities you look for in an offensive lineman, he certainly shows those characteristics.”

While Tunsil is widely regarding as a fine pass protector the most notable improvement for Ole Miss the last two weeks has been the run game.

After rushing for just 40 yards against Memphis and 69 against Florida two weeks prior, the Rebels rushed for 230 against Texas A&M and 156 at Auburn.

Arkansas goes into the game fifth in the SEC and No. 20 nationally in rushing defense but last in the league and No. 114 nationally in passing yards allowed and last and No. 95 in pass efficiency defense.

The Razorbacks gave up 169 rushing yards and 380 passing yards in last week’s 63-28 win over Tennessee-Martin.

Asked how he evaluated the defensive numbers against Martin, Smith gave no comment.

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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