REBELS NOTEBOOK: Moncrief, Brassell catch on for Rebels

By Parrish Alford | NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Freshman receivers dominated the landscape of the Ole Miss passing game.
Donte Moncrief and Nick Brassell combined for 13 catches for 143 yards.
Brassell had eight catches for 70 yards, Moncrief five for 73 and two touchdowns.
It’s the one that got away that haunted Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.
“Donte caught a lot of balls. I wish he’d have caught one more,” Nutt said. “I think that would have put us over the edge, would have built our confidence.”
Arkansas had just tied the game at 17 late in the third quarter. The Rebels faced third-and-9 from their 30 when Moncrief streaked down the left sideline and got behind his defender. Mackey’s well-placed ball was bobbled and dropped around the Arkansas 20.
“had to let it go. I told myself I had to make it up to the offense, and I did,” said Moncrief, who was covered when he caught a 4-yard fade for the Rebels’ last touchdown.
Sawyer replaces Temple
Sophomore Charles Sawyer, a former cornerback, moved back to the position to replace senior starter Marcus Temple, who sustained a broken ankle against Alabama.
Sawyer has been one of the Rebels’ better defensive players this season at safety.
“I thought he did well. I can’t remember a ball being caught on him actually. Just thinking out loud I can’t remember us over there having to critique him a whole lot about anything. I thought it was a positive,” Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said.
Sawyer had a fumble recovery at the Ole Miss 1 to stop an Arkansas drive in the third quarter. He broke up three passes and also posted a tackle and a quarterback pressure.
The problem with moving Sawyer to corner is the Rebels start running out of players of his caliber.
“Where it hurts you, it doesn’t allow you to rotate your safeties where if a guy makes a mistake such as a Damien Jackson or Frank Crawford … you’re limited on who you bring in the game there. It takes away your depth at other positions,” Nix said.

Key Number
206 – Arkansas had 206 rushing yards. The Razorbacks were averaging 129.3 yards on the ground. Ole Miss gave up more than 200 rushing yards for the fifth time this season.

Key Drive
Arkansas moved 75 yards in five plays to score on Tyler Wilson’s 1-yard quarterback sneak and take a 24-17 lead with 3:22 left in the third. The Razorbacks did not trail again.

Quotable
“I just felt like we hadn’t had the ball a whole lot. I was anxious. I felt myself being on the sideline, holding the ball and going, ‘I want to get back out there.’ That’s frustrating for a quarterback when you’re on the sideline. I was more anxious than nervous.” – Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson

Rebel Ramblings
Freshman safety Cody Prewitt broke his hand in a freak accident during the week. He dressed out but did not play. … Safety Damien Jackson led Ole Miss with 11 tackles. … The Rebels managed just one sack and three tackles for loss. … Senior defensive tackle Justin Smith had four tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. … Freshmen linebacker turned defensive end C.J. Johnson posted the first sack of his career. … Tight end Jamal Mosley had two catches for 38 yards. He had one catch last week against Alabama after going three games without a catch. … Bryson Rose’s first-quarter field goal of 43 yards was a career long for the junior place-kicker. Rose has made 14 straight field goals going back to last season.
parrish.alford@journalinc.com.