Ole Miss Rebels Football Season Preview History
2013 Ole Miss Football Preview
The Ole Miss Rebels are coming off a season that saw them make a bowl game for the first time since 2009 and win seven games after only winning two in 2011. Hugh Freeze enters his second season with the Rebels as he continues to rebuild a program that lost 14 straight SEC games before he took over. Ole Miss returns quarterback Bo Wallace who nearly threw for 3,000 yards during his sophomore season. The star of the offense, however, is wide receiver Donte Moncrief. The junior is coming off a season where he tied the school record with ten touchdown grabs on 66 catches for 979 yards.
On defense, sophomore linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche returns after leading the team with 82 tackles to go along with three sacks and three picks. The Rebels begin their season with a road trip to Vanderbilt for a nationally televised contest. Freeze’s squad will also travel to Texas A&M and Alabama and host LSU and Missouri as Freeze hopes 2013 will be another stepping stone to becoming a force again in the SEC.
2010 Ole Miss Football Preview
Ole Miss continued their success under coach Houston Nutt last year as the rebels finished with an impressive 9-4 record and a Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State. Now in his third year, Nutt looks to continue that success, though it certainly won't be easy.
The biggest hit to the Rebels chances at a third straight bowl game came on the offensive side of the ball. Ole Miss returns just one starter from last year's team, and lost standout quarterback Jevan Snead and speedster Dexter McCluster to graduation. Although Snead will be hard to replace, sophomore Nathan Stanley could do the job, as he appeared in five games last season. Perhaps the biggest question mark is the receiving corps, as nobody on the current roster caught many balls a year ago.
Defense could be a strong point for the Rebels as they return All-SEC defensive tackle Jerrell Powe. Joining Powe up front are seniors Lawon Scott and Kentrell Lockett. The secondary should be solid as well, as senior Jeremy McGee and junior Marcus Temple saw significant playing time in 2009.
Ole Miss faces a tough schedule in 2010, having to play at Alabama and Arkansas in back-to-back weeks, and a November 20 date at LSU will be difficult as well. With those three games, eclipsing last year's 9-4 record may be unlikely.
2009 Ole Miss Football Preview
Head Coach: Houston Nutt
The Ole Miss Rebels are a team on the rise heading into the 2009 football season. Ole Miss's 9-4 finish in 2008 shocked much of the college football world, most of whom did not expect such a quick turnaround from Head Coach Houston Nutt. Nutt's Rebels return 16 starters from last season, including Stephenville, Texas quarterback Jevan Snead. Snead, who transferred from Texas, will lead a high powered Ole Miss offense that should be in a thorn in the side of many powerful SEC defenses. If Snead and Coach Nutt get the Rebels playing up to potential, then it's possible their fans will be cheering "hotty toddy" at the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
2008 Ole Miss Football Preview:
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels football program is one of the most historic in the South and the most successful in all of college football. After 3 seasons marked by losing records and the inability of top recruits to qualify to play by NCAA rules, the firing of Ed Orgeron, and the hiring of Arkansas’ very successful head coach Houston Nutt, the Rebels look poised to make a big impact in the SEC and beyond this season.Vaught-Hemingway is a notoriously loud and raucous stadium, and should be even more so with all the hope and excitement surrounding this new era in Ole Miss football.
Head Coach Houston Nutt will make his debut in Mississippi this season, as the 2008 Ole Miss Rebels hit the scene. Nutt, who transferred from Arkansas and led the Razorback to an SEC championship game in 2006, is expected to turn this team inside-out. With the help of Jevan Snead, a quarterback transfer from the University of Texas who was sidelined in favor of Colt McCoy, this Rebel team aims to be a contender in the SEC this season. However, this will require that the Rebel defense steps up the play to a higher level than we have seen in previous seasons.
With Snead and Nutt in place, this Rebel team will not be shut out this season. The Rebels will have to make some major adjustments in both offense and defense, but Nutt is going to make some big changes that should alleviate any fear of consistent losing seasons in the future. In two years, this team is going to be a big contender in the SEC. Get out there and give these toughening Rebels a yell!