Five Take-Aways from Razorback Heartbreak

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.


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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  • Flareb

    Freeze is a great man, good recruiter and a very average football coach. Ole Miss is as talented as anybody in the league yet the culture of losing and not closing the deal continues. This university and its fans are just dying for a winner and all it gets year after year is heartache. Frustrating!!

    • papatoLC

      You only made one comment that I agree with. Freeze is a great man. His three classes (don’t count the first one) and the class that he looks like he will have would make him the best recruiter since the 60’s. He is two wins from having the most wins by an Ole Miss team over a three year period since the 60’s. He is doing that in a league that is the best in the country. That is not a average coach. When he came to Ole Miss we hoped we would play in a bowl by his fourth year. We have gone bowling every year under Freeze. When is the last time an Ole Miss coach can say that? An average coach does not beat ALA back to back. I say thank you Ole Miss coaches. Beat LSU!

      • George

        I agree with you papatoLC. This loss was on the defensive coaches. All the losses have been on the defensive coaches. They have not been able to stop anyone with an average QB. Ole Miss has made some of these QBs look like all stars.

  • David Cartledge

    Coach Freeze has certainly brought Oxford better days in the fall but he continues to make curious & strange “High School” type play calls at the exact wrong time. Dave Wommack needs to retire soon. During last night’s game he has no idea what to do (his words) against Arkansas. Arkansas had 605 yds against The Landsharks, Memphis had 591 and Auburn 427 with a new QB.
    Our opposition has way too much 3rd down success.
    Too much talent on the field to be 7-3 with LSU and Dak still ahead.

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