Season Report Card: Ole Miss Rebels
A thrilling victory in Nashville against the Vanderbilt Commodores started things off right for Hugh Freeze and company, and they built on that en route to a 3-0 start, which also included a dominant win at Texas.
But then Ole Miss ran into a daunting stretch against Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M that took a lot of wind out of their sails.
The Rebels recovered to finish 8-5 on the year, capping it off with a bowl victory over Georgia Tech in Nashville, the place where it all began.
Let's grade this team on their solid season:
Ole Miss finished 21st in the nation in total offense, and averaged right at 30 points per game. Bo Wallace had interception issues in the final couple of games, but other than that, he did a fine job of leading this team. The Rebels had a lot of weapons on offense, but undoubtedly, wide receiver Donte Moncrief was the most dangerous of all. The junior went over the 100-yard receiving mark five times this season, and finished with 938 yards receiving on the year.
The Rebels were fantastic on defense at times when you consider the offensive competition that they faced. The SEC West had some outstanding offenses, and points-wise, they only gave up more than 30 points twice this season. That's not too shabby. It helped that junior safety Cody Prewitt led the league in interceptions.
Freeze continues to build a nice program at Ole Miss. It did struggle mightily in the final two games of the year, but the bowl win against Georgia Tech helped give this team some momentum heading into the off-season. The Rebels are in good hands with Freeze calling the shots.
Of the five losses Ole Miss suffered this season, four were to Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Missouri. Not exactly bad losses. The Rebels beat the teams they were supposed to beat, and contended in most of the rest. The upswing continues in Oxford.
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