GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Ole Miss At Auburn

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Donte Moncrief

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Donte Moncrief
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 29, 2011

Gameday Central | Gametracker

TV: ESPNU | Ole Miss Radio Network (Sirius 219, XM 199)

AUBURN, Ala. – Two teams looking to end recent struggles will clash on the Plains this evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Ole Miss Rebels (2-5, 0-4 SEC) will be searching for their first SEC victory of the year, while the Auburn Tigers (5-3, 3-2 SEC), who started the season 4-1, are looking to rebound from two losses in the past three weekends.

Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m.  The game will be televised on ESPNU.  

This will mark the 36th meeting all time between Ole Miss and Auburn dating back to 1928. Auburn leads the all-time series 26-9. The Rebels are just 2-11 all-time versus the Tigers in Auburn with their last win coming in 2003.

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt is 6-7 against the Tigers in stops at Arkansas and Ole Miss.  The Tigers defeated the Rebels 51-31 last year in Oxford en route to an undefeated national championship season.  

The Rebels will face an Auburn offense that has struggled lately, averaging just 14.3 points in their last four games thanks in part to the loss of top receiver Emory Blake to an ankle injury.  

In addition to losing Blake, the Tigers made a midseason change at quarterback.  Sophomore Clint Moseley replaced Barrett Trotter two weeks ago in a loss to Florida.  Moseley completed 12-of-20 passes for 165 yards in his first career start last week against a relentless LSU pass rush that sacked him six times.

Moseley will face an Ole Miss secondary that turned in yet another impressive performance last week against Arkansas.  Despite losing starting safety Marcus Temple for the season a week before, the Rebels held the SEC’s top passing attack to just 232 yards through the air.  Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson never got on track, completing just 13-of-28 passes.  

Charles Sawyer, who recorded four picks to begin the season at safety, moved back to his natural position at cornerback and did not miss a beat.  In addition to recovering a fumble, Sawyer broke up three passes and limited Jarius Wright, the SEC’s leading receiver, to one catch.  

With a shaky passing game, Auburn has leaned heavily on their running game, led by sophomore running back Michael Dyer.  The SEC’s third leading rusher is averaging 5.1 yards per-carry and has rushed for eight touchdowns after a stellar freshman season.

Nutt will look for improvement from his defense against the run, including a young defensive line that is without senior end Wayne Dorsey.  Last week, Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson averaged better than 10 yards per-carry en route to a 160-yard afternoon.  

 “We talked hard yesterday and today about being better tacklers and better run fits, especially against Auburn,” said Nutt.  “Michael Dyer is of course very good.  They have speed guys as well with him and you know they are going to run the football. That is no secret.  We have to do a good job with that. Everybody has to work hard to get better.  Not only our front, but also our linebackers and our safeties and corners. Everybody has to be good tacklers.”

 On offense, the Rebels look to build on a solid performance last week against Arkansas.  Randall Mackey had his best game in an Ole Miss uniform, completing 18-of-30 passes for 219 yards.  

Mackey found the freshman tandem of Donte Moncrief and Nickolas Brassell early and often against the Razorbacks.  Moncrief caught five passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns, while Brassell caught a team-high eight balls for 70 yards.

“The one thing that you love about them is whether we play Alabama, Arkansas or Auburn, they are ready to compete,” said Nutt.  “We saw that when they came here on campus in high school.  We saw the competitive spirit and the fight they had. They have to keep adjusting to the speed of the game. They cannot expect that the ball is going to come to them or that they are going to make a catch without looking it in.”

Moncrief currently ranks fourth among FBS freshmen with four receiving touchdowns.

With a young team that included five freshmen in the starting lineup last week, Nutt has shown no fear in giving his newcomers opportunities in spite of some growing pains.  

“There are no limitations in the game plan in regard to them,” said Nutt.  “We are throwing them out there and throwing the game plan at them.  They are learning and playing extremely hard with a competitive spirit. That is what we appreciate.”

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Scholtz Joins Elite Group

      Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      The Ole Miss tennis program continues it's rich tradition under head coach Billy Chadwick of producing the best player in the country's toughest conference.  Today, the SEC office announced junior and two-time All-American Nik Scholtz as the Southeastern Conference Player... read more

    • Scholtz Named SEC Player Of The Year

      Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • Chadwick'sTop Moments: No. 10

      Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      Moving along chronologically, today we delve into the top 10 moments of Ole Miss men's tennis coach Billy Chadwick continuing with the 2005 season, which was one of the most exciting seasons in Ole Miss tennis history. In 2005, the... read more

    • VIDEO: SEC Network 'Take It All In' Promo

      Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 11

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      On this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career.  This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program.  In... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 14-20)

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss went 1-2 last week vs. No. 7 LSU, dropping a 13-inning affair in the series opener before taking game two and falling in the series finale.- Ole Miss became the... read more

    • Baseball Scorecards Tell the Story

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Baseball

      Earlier this baseball season, Ole Miss tied a game on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which was a case of deja vu for Ole Miss fan Curtis Wilkie, who remembered the same... read more

    • Closing Time

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Normal 0 false false false EN-US... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Rebels Drop Series With Shutout Loss To LSU

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more

    • Rainy Start to the SEC Championships

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Bousfield's 4-For-4 Game Lifts Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 18, 2014 -

      LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more

    • Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Athletics

      BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ellis Duels Nola To A Draw In Series Opener

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Baseball

      For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more