Tight end Evan Engram is one of three Rebels
receivers with more than 150 yards in catches. (Austin McAfee/AP)
Twenty-first ranked Ole Miss faces a stiff test on the road against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. The Crimson Tide already has one big SEC victory under its belt after having survived against high-flying Texas A&M in Week 3, but Bo Wallace, the Rebels' quarterback, thinks his team is superior to the Aggies in at least one respect (via AL.com).
"I think we have better receivers than A&M," Wallace said. "They want to talk about Mike Evans being so good, but we have Donte [Moncrief], and I think Laquon [Treadwell] is going to be that way. We have better players on the outside than A&M does."
Ole Miss' top three receivers, wideouts Moncrief and Treadwell, and tight end Evan Engram, have combined to catch 38 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns this season (both Engram and Treadwell are freshman, Moncrief is a junior). Meanwhile, the Aggies, who at 3-1 have played one more game than the Rebels, boast four receivers with at least 10 catches who have combined for 1,094 receiving yards and eight scores.
Texas A&M sophomore wideout Mike Evans is second in the country with 575 receiving yards, and is averaging 26.1 yards per catch as the primary target for quarterback Johnny Manziel. Evans torched Alabama's secondary two weeks ago for seven catches and 279 receiving yards.
The Ole Miss offense ranks sixth in the SEC with 38 points per game, and its 114 points through three games are the most for the Rebels since 2003. Ole Miss's 3-0 start -- which includes wins over Vanderbilt, Southeast Missouri and Texas -- is its best since 1989. Wallace said he expects the Rebels' offense to be able to challenge the Crimson Tide's deep defense.
"Yeah, I think we can put points on them," Wallace said. "I think we can put points on anybody. We just have to show up and play. It's the same thing every week, let's stay on schedule, control the tempo and don't have any turnovers."
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