GAMEDAY: Ole Miss at No. 8 Texas A&M
Nov. 12, 2016


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By Dylan Edwards, OleMissSports.com

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After picking up a win outside of conference play last week, Ole Miss will look to go 1-0 for the second-consecutive week. The Rebels head to College Station to face No. 8 Texas A&M, the seventh ranked opponent of the season.

“(Texas A&M) is a very difficult place to play against a talented football team,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. Their running backs and wide receivers are as talented as any that you face, and their defensive front led by (Myles Garrett) and (Daeshon Hall) are the best pass rushers that you see and their inside guys are very good also. It is another SEC defensive front that you have to prepare for.”

Both Ole Miss and Texas A&M must replace the starting quarterback as Chad Kelly and Trevor Knight were lost to season-ending injuries last week. Kelly ended his Ole Miss career as the holder of 25 different school records.

“He will be remembered as one of the best competitors that ever played here,” Freeze said. “He is the quarterback that helped lead us back to the Sugar Bowl since Archie (Manning). The Ole Miss people will remember that for a long time.”

Redshirt-freshman Jason Pellerin helped the Rebels close out Georgia Southern last week after Kelly’s knee injury. It’s expected that Pellerin as well as freshman Shea Patterson will see action at quarterback for Ole Miss. Patterson was the top-ranked quarterback of the 2016 signing class.

“We have looked at Markell (Pack) who has played quarterback, Evan Engram can throw, and Kentucky played a whole game with a running back at quarterback,” Freeze said. “I would rule nothing out. I am just trying to figure out what is best for individuals and for the team.”

Even without Knight, A&M still has athletes across the board and a potent rushing attack. The Aggies average 234 yards on the ground per game, third in the SEC.

Defensively, Texas A&M can really get after the passer. Their 26 sacks this year trail only Alabama for best in the SEC.

The Rebels have had to battle adversity through the season, coming up just short a number of times in big games as well as being decimated by injuries. Ole Miss looks to finish the season strong and play its way to a bowl game.

“Injuries have not been kind to us this year, but that happens to a lot of programs and it is difficult to maintain to the standard in which you want when you lose a lot of kids like we have this year,” Freeze said. “It will create opportunities for someone else and we will get ready to go for A&M Saturday night."

The Rebels and Aggies kick off at 6:30 on SEC Network. The last Ole Miss visited Kyle Field, the Rebels cruised to an easy 35-20 win.

 

 

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