Monday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Monday morning …

It’s not only Alabama that has provided a blueprint for how to defend LSU’s Leonard Fournette. Now Arkansas has too. Arkansas running back Alex Collins, you may remember him from the lateral run, outshined Fournette in the Razorbacks’ win in Baton Rouge.

Simple math says you can crowd the box and slow down a great running back. That’s happened two weeks in a row now to Fournette. The question for Ole Miss as LSU visits will be the play of Tigers’ quarterback Brandon Harris.

Once the Heisman frontrunner, Fournette sounded frustrated after the loss.

Harris passed for 271 yards, but Arkansas’ beleaguered secondary was able to limit him to one touchdown pass and pick him off once. The Razorbacks got pressure on Harris and forced him to fumble in the second half deep on LSU’s end which led to an Arkansas touchdown.

The inconsistency of Harris would appear to be a matchup the Rebels could take advantage of, but you have to consider the beleaguered state of the Rebels’ own secondary.

Another big question in the game will be Ole Miss’ emotional state after the draining two-overtime loss to Arkansas. Emotions and self-doubt are now in play for LSU as well after decisive losses in back-to-back weeks.

Elsewhere …

Some say the Heisman is now Derrick Henry’s to lose after he ran for more than 200 in Alabama’s win at Mississippi State. That game was closer than the 31-6 final. Alabama hit a handful of big plays to gain separation, but big plays count. The Crimson Tide was dominant on defense and kept a very good MSU offense from hitting those same big plays.

MSU coach Dan Mullen is hopeful that the injury to his leading receiver, De’Runnya Wilson, is not serious.

The return of Jeremy Johnson hasn’t been the answer for Auburn’s struggling quarterback position. …

The season has also been a struggle for Georgia, but the Bulldogs got a big punt return play in their win at Auburn. …

Vanderbilt coach Derek¬†Mason has his second SEC win, and this one comes against an opponent that a few weeks ago was talking out loud about the possibility of an Eastern Division championship. Lexington columnist John Clay writes that UK players held up their end of the deal in Nashville. For the Cats, this one was about coaching. …

A little hoops for you¬†…

A fast start in the NBA D League for Marshall Henderson:

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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