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Football Stats Skyrocket Under Freeze

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As the statistician for Ole Miss Football in 2012, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this season.

Part of my job is to pore through the Ole Miss record books, SEC and NCAA stats and make a note of trends and categories in which the current Rebels rank highly. I then develop nuggets of information to disseminate to TV, print, radio and internet media outlets.

Let's just say Hugh Freeze and company kept me busy this year.

Starting with a creative playbook generated by the offensive minds of Freeze and his coaching staff, and put into action via the superb athletic abilities of Bo Wallace, Donte Moncrief and others, the 2012 Rebels made a significant dent in those record books.

Wallace, for example, finished fifth in the SEC in total offense (260.3 ypg) and fourth in points responsible for (14.31 ppg). His season totals landed him into rarified air among the all-time Ole Miss greats. He joined Eli Manning as the only Rebels to ever reach 3,000 total yards of offense (Wallace's total of 3,384 is second behind Manning's 2003 total of 3,572). He's behind only Eli in passing yards, attempts and completions in a season. And Wallace's eight rushing touchdowns? The most by a Rebel QB since another Manning, named Archie.

That's just scratching the surface of what this year's Rebels accomplished. For a team coming off two straight losing seasons and being led by a first-year head coach and first-year QB, the significance of the stats is even more impressive.

So for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, here are some of Ole Miss' achievements this year, by the numbers.

Comparison between 2011 and 2012 offense:

20112012 - under Freeze
12 games (SEC rank):            
13 games (SEC rank):
Record: 2-10Record: 7-6
Scoring Offense: 16.1 (11th)Scoring Offense: 31.5 (6th)
Touchdowns: 24 (11th)Touchdowns: 51 (6th)
Total Offense: 281.2 (11th)Total Offense: 423.8 (5th)
Rushing Yards: 129.6 (10th)Rushing Yards: 173.8 (5th)
Passing Yards: 151.7 (11th)Passing Yards: 249.9 (5th)
Pass Efficiency: 99.5 (11th)Pass Efficiency: 140.4 (6th)
First Downs: 186 (11th)First Downs: 291 (4th)
3rd Down %: 32.9 (10th)3rd Down %: 44.3 (4th)
4th Down %: 35.0 (12th)4th Down %: 72.2 (1st)
Penalties: 80-692 (11th)Penalties: 62-480 (2nd)

Where Ole Miss ranked highly among its SEC counterparts and nationally:

CategoryStat (Avg)  
SEC    
NCAA
Scoring Offense31.5647
Total Offense423.8546
Rushing Offense173.8549
Pass Offense249.9549
Pass Efficiency140.4640
3rd-Down Conversion %     
44.3435
4th-Down Conversion %72.216
First Downs22.4341
Red Zone scoring91.1%110
Sacks2.9211
Tackles for Loss7.914
Penalties4.84t26
Penalty Yards36.9212

Ole Miss players attacked the season record books almost as fierce as they attacked their opponents this year:

TOTAL OFFENSE AVERAGE (TEAM)
433.2  2003 
423.8  2012 
419.2  1961 
415.0  2001 
407.6  2008 
402.4  2009 

POINTS SCORED (TEAM)
442  2003 
417  2008 
409  2012 
391  2001 
384  2009 

PASSING AVERAGE (TEAM)
286.0  2003 
270.7  2001 
264.4  2002 
249.9  2012 
242.5  1997 

RUSHING ATTEMPTS (PLAYER)
234  BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, 2006   
230  BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, 2007   
215  Steve Hindman, TB, 1967             
212  Deuce McAllister, RB, 1998          
208  Kayo Dottley, FB, 1949                
200  Joe Gunn, RB, 2001                     
197  Jeff Scott, RB, 2012                     
192  Dou Innocent, FB-RB, 1995          
191  Kayo Dottley, FB, 1950                

PASSING YARDS (PLAYER)
3600  Eli Manning, QB, 2003   
3401  Eli Manning, QB, 2002   
2994  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012   
2948  Eli Manning, QB, 2001   

PASSING ATTEMPTS (PLAYER)
481  Eli Manning, QB, 2002   
441  Eli Manning, QB, 2003   
408  Eli Manning, QB, 2001   
368  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012   
351  Jevan Snead, QB, 2009  

COMPLETIONS (PLAYER)
279  Eli Manning, QB, 2002        
275  Eli Manning, QB, 2003        
259  Eli Manning, QB, 2001        
235  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012        
228  Stewart Patridge, QB, 1997 

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS (PLAYER)
31  Eli Manning, QB, 2001
29  Eli Manning, QB, 2003
26  Jevan Snead, QB, 2008
22  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012
21  Eli Manning, QB, 2002
20  Jevan Snead, QB, 2009
20  Charlie Conerly, HB, 1947

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE (PLAYER)
64.8  Stewart Patridge, QB, 1997 (228-352)
63.9  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012 (213-336)
63.5  Eli Manning, QB, 2001 (259-408)
62.4  Eli Manning, QB, 2003 (275-441)
60.6  Kent Austin, QB, 1982 (186-307)

PASS EFFICIENCY (PLAYER)
148.1  Eli Manning, QB, 2003
145.5  Jevan Snead, QB, 2008
144.8  Eli Manning, QB, 2001
142.7  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012
135.7  Stewart Patridge, QB, 1997

300-YARD PASSING GAMES (PLAYER)
4  Eli Manning, QB, 2003
4  Eli Manning, QB, 2002
3  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012
3  Stewart Patridge, QB, 1997

TOTAL OFFENSE (PLAYER)
3572  Eli Manning, QB, 2003
3384  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012
3281  Eli Manning, QB, 2002

TOUCHDOWNS RESPONSIBLE FOR (PLAYER)
32  Eli Manning, QB, 2003
31  Bo Wallace, QB, 2012
31  Eli Manning, QB, 2001
29  Jevan Snead, QB, 2008
29  Charlie Conerly, HB, 1947

RECEPTIONS (PLAYER)
77  Chris Collins, SE, 2003
70  Shay Hodge, SE, 2009
66  Donte Moncrief, WR, 2012

RECEIVING YARDS (PLAYER)
1,135  Shay Hodge, SE, 2009
979     Donte Moncrief, WR, 2012
949     Chris Collins, SE, 2003

RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS (PLAYER)
10  Donte Moncrief, WR, 2012
10  Chris Collins, SE, 2002

100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES (PLAYER)
5  Shay Hodge, SE, 2009
4  Donte Moncrief, WR, 2012
4  Mike Wallace, WR, 2008
4  Chris Collins, SE, 2003
4  Chris Collins, SE, 2001

POINTS SCORED (PLAYER)
124  Jonathan Nichols, PK, 2003
103  Bryson Rose, PK, 2012
103  Joshua Shene, PK, 2008
102  Deuce McAllister, RB, 2000
102  Brandon Bolden, RB, 2010

FIELD GOALS MADE (PLAYER)
25  Jonathan Nichols, 2003
20  Jonathan Nichols, 2004
18  Bryson Rose, 2012
17  Joshua Shene, 2008

PATS MADE (PLAYER)
52  Joshua Shene, 2008
49  Bryson Rose, 2012
49  Jonathan Nichols, 2003
47  Jonathan Nichols, 2001

KICKOFF RETURN YARDS (PLAYER)
861  Mike Wallace, 2008
746  Jesse Grandy, 2009
652  Deuce McAllister, 1999
643  Jaylen Walton, 2012
631  Marshay Green, 2007
627  Jesse Grandy, 2010
560  Pat Coleman, 1988

Several of this year's players rank highly in the Ole Miss career record books:

CAREER POINTS SCORED
344  Jonathan Nichols, K, 2001-04
310  Joshua Shene, K, 2006-09
246  Deuce McAllister, RB, 1997-2000
243  Bryson Rose, K, 2009-pres.

CAREER FIELD GOALS MADE
63  Jonathan Nichols, 2001-04
57  Joshua Shene, 2006-09
43  Bryson Rose, 2009-pres.

CAREER PATS MADE
155  Jonathan Nichols, 2001-04
139  Joshua Shene, 2006-09
114  Bryson Rose, 2009-pres.

CAREER RUSHING YARDS
3060  Deuce McAllister, RB, 1997-2000
2749  Joe Gunn, RB, 1998-2001
2654  Kayo Dottley, FB, 1947-50
2604  Brandon Bolden, RB, 2008-11
2322  Dou Innocent, FB-RB, 1991-92, 1994-95
2137  BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, 2006-07
2135  Leon Perry, FB, 1976-79
1955  Dexter McCluster, RB-WR, 2006-09
1804  Jeff Scott, RB, 2010-pres.

CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
37  Deuce McAllister, 1997-2000
27  Brandon Bolden, 2008-11
22  John Fourcade, 1978-81
22  Joe Gunn, 1998-2001
21  Kayo Dottley, 1947-50
20  Randy Baldwin, 1989-90
19  Merle Hapes, 1939-41
18  Leon Perry, 1976-79
17  Stephen Ainsworth, 1970-72
15  Jeff Scott, 2010-pres.
15  Marvin Courtney, 1990-93
15  Dexter McCluster, 2006-09

CAREER ALL-PURPOSE YARDS
4889  Deuce McAllister, 1997-2000
4089  Dexter McCluster, 2006-09
3681  Brandon Bolden, 2008-11
3396  Mike Wallace, 2005-08
3274  Chris Collins, 2000-03
3240  Mike Espy, 2002-05
3186  J.R. Ambrose, 1984-87
3123  Joe Gunn, 1998-2001
2966  Jeff Scott, 2010-pres.

CAREER 200-YARD PASSING GAMES
32  Eli Manning, 2000-03
19  Romaro Miller, 1997-2000
14  Jevan Snead, 2008-09
11  Kent Austin, 1981-85
10  Stewart Patridge, 1994; 96-97
8   Josh Nelson, 1994-95
7   Bo Wallace, 2012
7   John Fourcade, 1978-81

CAREER 250-YARD PASSING GAMES
15  Eli Manning, 2000-03
8   Romaro Miller, 1997-2000
7   Stewart Patridge, 1994; 96-97
7   Kent Austin, 1981-85
6   Bo Wallace, 2012
6   Archie Manning, 1968-70

CAREER 300-YARD PASSING GAMES
10  Eli Manning, 2000-03
3    Bo Wallace, 2012
3    Romaro Miller, 1997-2000
3    Stewart Patridge, 1994; 96-97
3    Archie Manning, 1968-70

CAREER RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS
24  Chris Collins, 2000-03
22  Shay Hodge, 2006-09
16  Grant Heard, 1996-2000
15  Mike Wallace, 2005-08
14  Donte Moncrief, 2011-pres.

CAREER 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES
11  Chris Collins, 2000-03
6   Shay Hodge, 2006-09
6   Mike Wallace, 2005-08
4   Donte Moncrief, 2011-pres.
4   Floyd Franks, 1968-70

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