Secondary Struggles: The Ole Miss secondary just isn’t as good as it was last year and is feeling the loss of Senquez Golson. There’s blame to share back there. This isn’t all about Tony Bridges, but he hasn’t made quite the transition from junior college that coaches thought he would.
Hugh Freeze touches on that here when he talks about the entire unit’s inability to make plays in one-on-one situations.
Kellys’ Big game: Chad Kelly said running the football for him was not necessarily part of the grand plan, that he was just taking what the defense gave. My guess is he was encouraged to take a few shots in the run game. Kelly led the run game, but Jaylen Walton had a nice night too with 76 yards and 5.8 per carry on 13 attempts. Kelly rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 368 and three more scores. He did not have a turnover.
Treadwell did his thing: Seven catches for 132 yards and a score for Treadwell, another very physical performance.
Conner’s Day: Tony Conner did not start but was in the game on the very first series. He played more than I thought he would and finished with four tackles and a half tackle for loss. He moved around well. We’ll see how the knee handles the game action.
Haynes’s showed up: Marquis Haynes had five tackles and a sack and has had at least one sack in three straight games. He also had the facemask call on the two-point conversion. Without it, of course, the Rebels would have won. You can’t lay the game on Haynes or any single play, even the fluke lateral. The bottom line is Arkansas wore out this defense. There were many single plays that could have led to an Ole Miss win had the Rebels made them.