Burning Questions for the Ole Miss Spring Game
The Ole Miss Rebels will hold their annual spring game (the Grove Bowl) this Saturday in Oxford, and there's plenty of intrigue surrounding this team heading into the 2014 season.
It has been a somewhat eventful off-season (and not in a particularly good way) for Hugh Freeze and company thanks to some off-the-field troubles, but this weekend's focus will be all about the action on the field.
Ole Miss is looking to make the jump into SEC title contention in Freeze's third year at the helm, but do the Rebels have what it takes to top the likes of Alabama and Auburn for the SEC West crown?
We'll get a better idea of where this team stands on Saturday, so let's take a look at a couple key questions of interest heading into the Grove Bowl.
1. How much better is Bo Wallace?
Wallace missed a large chunk of spring practice last year due to injury, so there's no doubt that this year's off-season has and will continue to be huge for him. If Ole Miss wants to make significant strides on offense, he'll need to continue improving. Wallace threw for almost 3,400 yards in 2013, but it'll be his decision-making that will be an area of focus in order to drop his interception numbers (10 picks) from last season.
2. Will this secondary live up to expectations?
Freeze has been giving a ton of praise for this Ole Miss secondary this off-season, and rightfully so. The Rebels return All-American safety Cody Prewitt which is obviously nice, but there's also plenty of excitement surrounding guys like C.J. Hampton and Anthony Alford. The fact that Ole Miss will be loaded up in the defensive backfield in a year where lots of new faces will step under center in the SEC certainly helps as well.
3. Who will break through as the playmaker on offense?
Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell seems like the best choice here. The Rebels lose their top playmaker in Donte Montcrief, but Ole Miss fans are hoping that the chemistry between Wallace and Treadwell continues to grow after Treadwell led the team in receptions a year ago. It should also be fun to watch the progression of running back I'Tavius Mathers as well, as he is primed for a breakout year in the rushing attack.
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