Built to run the football | Ole Miss Sports

Houston Nutt took a perception beating at Arkansas, because his teams were so successfully running the ball they at times appeared one-dimensional.

There was a lot of focus on the quarterbacks at Ole Miss this spring, because that position will always draw a lot of attention when it’s unsettled and inexperienced as is presently the case.

The bottom line is Nutt has his most Arkansas-looking offense since he’s been at Ole Miss.

The offensive line is still young with its depth, but there’s a good deal of experience and talent in the first five where the Rebels have two fifth-year seniors in Bradley Sowell and Alex Washington on the left side and juniors in center A.J. Hawkins, right guard Matt Hall and right tackle Bobby Massie.

Backups Jared Duke, Patrick Junen and Evan Swindall all played last year as freshmen. So did senior Logan Clair.

This line needs to perform for the Ole Miss offense to be all it can be. If that happens, it will take a lot of pressure off the quarterback and off a fairly average group of receivers.

The running backs are stacked and loaded.

If Ole Miss is going to move the ball and score points in 2011 it will be beause there’s been a successful rushing offense.

From the mother ship, Running Rebels