Ole Miss is 3-0 for the first time since 1989 and defeated Texas for the first time since the 1958 Sugar Bowl, and they did so because of a stingy second half defense and the superb running of Jeff Scott.
Scott was the hero in the Rebels’ opening win at Vanderbilt with a 75-yard touchdown run in the final minute to give him 138 on the ground. After a quiet statistical effort in the Week 2 win over Southeast Missouri State, Scott ran for a career-high 164 yards against the much-maligned Longhorn defense.
The Ole Miss offense was expected to be a productive unit this season with the return of nearly everyone on that side of the ball, but Scott has been the forgotten man outside of Oxford. Much of the talk this offseason about the offense centered on the health of Bo Wallace, Donte Moncrief potentially testing the draft and how much Laquon Treadwell would play as a true freshman.
After the first three games, it’s Scott who has been the team’s best offensive weapon and who gives the team a true balanced attack. The diminutive native of Miami — he’s 5-foot-7 and 167 pounds — rushed for 847 yards last season on 197 carries, and currently is on a pace to run for 1,320 yards — and that doesn’t include a likely 13th game in a bowl.