The Ole Miss Rebels are a serious threat to every team they play this season, largely because of the highly-touted freshman class that generated tons of buzz in Oxford this offseason. No one is happier about what the future might bring than Hugh Freeze, who landed one of the best recruiting classes in program history.
Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the consensus No. 1 player coming out of high school, was a disruptive force all night long in the Rebels’ 39-35 victory over Vanderbilt. He even had an 11-yard run for a first down on a fake punt. On offense, the star was freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who hauled in a team-high nine receptions for 82 yards.
His quarterback, Bo Wallace, as the key however, racking up more than 300 total yards and two touchdowns as he executed the offense beautifully. Running back Jeff Scott’s 138 yards, including the 75-yard game winner, certainly didn’t help.
It was a great way to start the season, and this team looks like it could do some damage in the SEC West this year. The win, however, came at a potentially high cost, as two Ole Miss starters are out with injuries.
What to look for in Week 2: Who will fill in the holes left by injuries? The Rebels lost guard Aaron Morris to a season-ending knee injury, and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche for 4-6 weeks because of a meniscus tear. Though they have an FCS foe in Southeast Missouri State, the Rebels will need others to step up in their absences.