GAMEDAY: Ole Miss vs. Georgia Southern
Nov. 5, 2016

Nov. 5, 2016

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By Dylan Edwards, OleMissSports.com

Ole Miss looks to rebound after a difficult stretch of games by stepping outside of SEC play for a week against Georgia Southern on Saturday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The Rebels have faced one of the most daunting schedules in the nation this season. Six of the eight opponents to this point have been ranked, the most of any team in the country. This week, Ole Miss is presented with the task of slowing down a Georgia Southern rushing attack that averages 239 yards per game.

“Traditionally, they have done extremely well when they are playing power five teams,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. “They are a scary matchup because of all the athletic guys they have running that option offensively. Defensively, they can give up some yards, but they’ve done very well at being sound in the red zone.”

The Rebels under Freeze have done a good job of putting teams from non-major conferences away early, winning by an average margin of 45-14 since 2012.

“They recruited or either had transfers that were really talented kids at the skill positions and their speed is concerning,” Freeze said. “They create option on almost any kind of blocking scheme, whether it be power, counter, zone. A lot of the time they are going to have the capability of pulling and running the option and that’s not the easiest thing to prepare for when you don’t see it that regularly.”

On the offensive side of the ball, the Rebels look to be extremely thin for this game due to injuries suffered against Auburn. Sean Rawlings, Daronte Bouldin, Robert Conyers, and Rod Taylor are all dealing with injuries.

“Sean (Rawlings) is in a boot and when he got hurt the other night it really hurt us in the tight red zone there on the third and fourth down because we had to call on (Robert) Conyers to try to get in there and Conyers’ knee right now is tough for him to move it and that really hurt us on those two plays there,” Freeze said. “Both of them are questionable. Daronte (Bouldin) had a hip pointer and he wasn’t doing really well yesterday either. Rod Taylor did come out of his boot; We sure hope he can give it a go because we are going to need some bodies in the offensive line come Saturday.”

The Rebels have the benefit of playing at Vaught-Hemingway, where Freeze has won more than 70 percent of his games.

“It is a worthy opponent on Saturday,” Freeze said. “I am glad we are home again. I encourage our fans to continue to keep supporting these kids and to be extremely loud to make communications difficult on the opponent.”

The game kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

 

 

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