2012 Ole Miss Rebels Football Preview
2011 Record: 2-10 (0-8 SEC)
Head Coach: Hugh Freeze, first season (30-7 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 17
Spring Game: April 21st (Red 24 Blue 23)
Notes: Outside of a good pair of seasons under Houston Nutt and a good one under David Cutcliffe, most of the past ten years have been a disappointment for the Rebels. Ole Miss has averaged 5.1 wins in the regular season in the past ten years, putting them in second to last in total wins over that span – only in front of rival Mississippi State. Hugh Freeze is an interesting choice – he’s only had one year coaching experience at the FBS level, but put together a good season with Arkansas State. The question remains whether he can recruit, as we haven’t seen Freeze’s recruiting classes in action.
BVTSB Take: The Rebels have a three-way quarterback competition on their hands, between Bo Wallace, Zach Stoudt, and Barry Brunetti. Wallace had a good spring game and he is probably the leader to be under center against Central Arkansas on September 1st. Stoudt and Brunetti saw snaps last season after Randall Mackey started most of the season. Leading rusher Jeff Scott, who accounted for half of the team’s rushing touchdowns in 2011 returns, as do the top four receivers for the Rebels – Donte Moncrief, Nickolas Brassell, Ja-Mas Logan, and Jamal Mosley. Offensively, the Rebels were horrendous in 2011 – only scoring 21 offensive touchdowns – they combined for six points in their last two games. In 2011, the Rebels split their non-conference games, beating Southern Illinois and Fresno State, but falling to BYU and Louisiana Tech. The 2012 non-conference schedule looks more reasonable, with games against Central Arkansas, UTEP, and Texas at home and Tulane on the road. Don’t be surprised to see the Rebels open with wins in three of their first four games, but the always tough SEC slate may leave them winless in conference play for the second straight year. Games against Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State probably represent the best chances at SEC wins.
2012 Early Projection: 3-9
To see the 2012 SEC composite schedule, click here.
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