College Football Preview: The 2015 Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss Rebels Football Preview 2014 Record 9-4 Lost Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl 42-3 vs TCU
Overview: Ole Miss started off last season winning their first 7 games including their huge win against Alabama. Unfortunately they only won 2 out of their next 6 games, including a disappointing blowout loss to TCU in their bowl game. They finished the season 9-4. One of the major questions heading into the 2015 season is who will be their new quarterback.
Offense: Last years offense was lead by Bo Wallace. He passed or over 3000 yards and threw 22 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He has graduated now and Ole Miss will need to find a replacement. The favorite for winning the starting job is junior college transfer quarterback Chad Kelly. Helping whomever the new quarterback will be 3 talented receivers in Laquon Treadwell, Cody Core and Evan Engram. Treadwell lead the team in receptions last year with 48 and is considered their most talented player on their roster. Running back Jaylen Walton didn’t get many carries last year in this primarily passing offense. HE rushed for 586 yards and 5 touchdowns. He should get more touches this year as I see them trying to balance out this offense.
USA TODAY Sports
Defense: Ole Miss had the best defense in the country in terms of points allowed. They allowed an average of 16 points a game Ole Miss returns some of their best players from last year in Mike Hilton, Tony Conner and Robert Nkemdiche. Mike Hilton and Tony Conner lead their team in tackling combining for 140 tackles and 4 interceptions. Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche is an animal on defense and Mock Drafts have him going 2nd overall next year. Ole Miss didn’t lose much on defense and should have another great defensive season.
Special Teams: Kicker Gary Wunderlich will return and be the starting kicker; He made 6 out of 8 field goals last season. Will Gleeson will return as their starting punter. He averaged 42 yards a punt last season.
Overall: Ole Miss has another talented team for this season. Their only real concern is who will be playing quarterback. If Ole Miss can find a solid quarterback they are easily a 10-win caliber team. I think Ole Miss will finish the season with a 9-3 record in a tough SEC East.