June 26, 2006

Can Ole Miss' ground game improve from 2005?

There were several glaring weaknesses on the offensive side of the ball last year for Ole Miss. While the quarterback position suffered from constant turmoil and shuffling, the running back position was no better.

Using six tailbacks the Ole Miss ground game never turned in a consistent performance from game-to-game and as a result the whole offense struggled. Noel Mazzone and Ed Orgeron experimented with several different backs including Jamal Pittman, Alan Abrams, Larry Kendrick and Mico McSwain.

McSwain was the best of the bunch using his athletic abilities to find holes but an injury forced him to miss the last few games of the season.

All told the Rebels rushed for only 806 yards on 332 carries, or 2.4 yards per. That translated into an average of 73.3 yards a game which was last in the SEC by over 20 yards a game.

The question is will Ole Miss go Over/Under that total this year?

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