Heading into the back end of their regular season schedule, the Texas A&M Aggies will travel to Oxford to take on quarterback Matt Corral and the Ole Miss Rebels, and their dangerous high flying offense.
Led by second-year head coach Lane Kiffin, the Rebels burst onto the scene this season, surging into the top 15 at multiple points throughout the year.
Ole Miss was able to accomplish that thanks to Kiffin and offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby's brilliant offensive scheme, which was one of the most productive in the entire country last season.
Luckily for the Rebels, the majority of that offense returns, including Corral, who has cemented himself as a Heisman front runner.
Stay tuned to AllAggies.com as we continue our preview series of each team on the Aggies schedule in the coming weeks.
Now on to the Rebels.
2021 Record: 7-2
Head coach: Lane Kiffin
Kiffin is entering his second year as the rebels head coach
Offensive set: Multiple
Defensive set: Multiple
Returning starters on offense: 8
Last season, the Ole Miss offense was one of the best in the country, with the Rebels finishing third in the nation in total offense (555.5 yards per game), 14th in scoring offense (39.2 points per game), seventh in passing offense (344.9 yards per game), and 26th in rushing offense (210.6 yards per game)
This season, it has been more of the same, with the Rebels ranking near the top of nearly every major statistical category in the book. Unfortunately for the Rebels, they have also had a rash of injuries as of late, and are projected to be without multiple starters for the contest.
Projected starters on Offense:
QB: Matt Corral*
RB: Jerrion Ealy OR Henry Parrish OR Snoop Conner
WR1: Braylon Sanders
WR2: Jahcour Pearson
WR3: Dannis Jackson
TE: Casey Kelly
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LT: Nick Broeker*
LG: Cedric Warren
C: Orlando Umana
RG: Caleb Warren
RT: Jeremy James*
* Denotes returning starters
Returning starters on Defense: 6
Unlike its offense, the Ole Miss defense was one of the worst in the nation in 2020, finishing near the bottom in the country in most defensive categories.
However, under new defensive coordinator DJ Durkin, the Rebels have made an impressive turnaround. And while they still struggle at times, this Ole Miss defense is one of the best the team has fielded in quite some time.
Projected starters on Defense:
DE: Cedric Johnson
DT: Isaiah Iton
NT: KD Hill
Buck: Sam Williams*
LB: Chance Campbell
LB: Lakia Henry*
Star: Otis Reese*
CB: Jaylon Jones*
CB: Deane Leonard
S: Jake Springer
S: A.J. Finley*
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