Rebels cautious when viewing Bama-A&M

Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans burned Alabama for 279 yards on seven catches in a 49-42 loss. "I think we have better receivers than A&M," Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace says. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans burned Alabama for 279 yards on seven catches in a 49-42 loss. “I think we have better receivers than A&M,” Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace says. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has watched the Texas A&M-Alabama game video – and not just once.

It’s not every day you see a team score 40-plus points against the Crimson Tide.

Freeze gets less excited watching it than some who might believe that success by A&M – which runs a similar offense to Ole Miss – will automatically translate to success for the Rebels.

It’s hard, though, for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace not to embrace that way of thinking as the Rebels prepare for to visit No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.

Said Freeze: “I watched that game very carefully, several times now. I don’t think that’s what we’ll see, again, because of who’s taking the snap there. You treat him differently because of what he can do to extend plays and hurt you with his legs.”

Johnny football

The Johnny Manziel-led Aggies rolled up 639 yards. Manziel passed with 28-for-39 efficiency for 464 yards. He threw five touchdown passes but also threw two costly interceptions.

His favorite target was Mike Evans, who averaged a whopping 39.9 yards per catch, a figure boosted by a 95-yard touchdown play. Evans had seven catches for an eye-popping 279 yards.

Manziel was also the Aggies’ leading rusher with 98 yards on 14 attempts, a 7.4-yard average.

Wallace will run too, but it’s a different way of doing things. He is the Rebels’ second-leading rusher, but for Ole Miss it’s about the read option. For Manziel, it’s about improvisation.

“I’m not Johnny. I’m not going to run around like Johnny does,” Wallace said.

Wallace is hoping the read option doesn’t have to carry Ole Miss. He wants to get his receivers involved.

“I think we have better receivers than A&M. They want to talk about Mike Evans being so good. Well, we’ve got Donte (Moncrief), and I think Laquon (Treadwell) is going to be that way,” he said.

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  • Kevin

    I watched the A&M-Bama game and Manziel was more lucky than accurate. Moreover, his receivers did the heavy-lifting. Most of the time, Johnny Football was heaving the ball as far as he could and his receiver ran underneath it–which takes lots of skill vs. a defense like Bama’s. Can Ole Miss do that too? I think not. This game will be a bloodbath and over by halftime. Once Bama gets a 21-point lead, they’ll grind it out on the ground and control the ball and the clock. As for the headline of this article, I’m wondering why the Clarion-Ledger has a totally different take with Wallace promising points against Bama’s vaulted D. Their depiction is that Ole Miss is confident, even bombastic, while the D-J’s coverage calls the Rebs “cautious.” I wonder what the real story is.

  • pdreb

    Rest assured Kevin, the game won’t be overact half time. The Rebels will likely lose but you can forget that “bloodbath” malarkey. If the Tide plays like they did against VATech and Colorado State, they are in trouble against Ole Miss. If they combine the offense they displayed against TAMU and the.defense against VATech, we have a long day ahead.

  • ostrogoth

    I live in Huntsville, AL. Tide fines are chewing nails about this. Bama is NOT as good as last year. Go Rebs!

  • Kevin

    The Bama I saw that played against A&M was a juggernaut; and on another note entirely, the LSU that played against Auburn was also a mighty thing.