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3. The One Thing That Matters To You & Your College Football Existence
The defense beat the offense. Why does this matter? The defense was miserable last season, and the spotlight will be one from the start to see if there’s any hint of improvement.
The Rebel O got a few fantastic plays, and it managed to make it an interesting scrimmage early on with a few good scoring passes, but at least the defense did its part with a couple of interceptions as it avoided getting roasted.
Considering the depth was razor-thin thanks to a slew of injuries, it wasn’t a bad day in the miserable weather.
2. Jordan Ta’amu Continued To Look The Part
The Ole Miss offense was missing some of the stars – WR A.J. Brown played a limited role, and plenty of other key targets sat out – but that didn’t keep the passing game from having a few nice moments.
QB Jordan Ta’amu continued to put his stamp on the attack, hooking up with D.K. Metcalf for two touchdowns – even if one of them would’ve been called back in a real game; Metcalf was out of bounds before coming back in – including a fun bomb early on. Ta’amu completed 12-of-20 throws for 190 yards and two scores
Ta’amu ran for a touchdown as well, showing off his scrambling ability from time to time – even if he wasn’t getting drilled.
Projected backup Matt Corral might be a top recruit with a world of upside, but despite a long fourth down conversion, he was just okay and threw a few picks. He didn’t have anyone to throw to, but it’s all about getting him more live reps. He’s the future, but he didn’t always look like it, completing 6-of-16 throws for 36 yards and two picks.
1. It’s Matt Luke’s Program Now
It’s been a rough run for Ole Miss over the last few years, and for another season, the program will have to play just for fun, knowing there’s no bowl game at the end of the rainbow.
However, helped by the win over Mississippi State, and with the way the team kept on fighting throughout last season, Matt Luke went from being the interim guy to the full-time head coach. Considering all the uncertainly around the program, there now seems to be a direction.
The stability, his energy, and his overall personality and positivity seems to be showing early on in the recruiting world. Ole Miss landed safety Braxton Ragland while the game was going on, coming on the heels of getting a commitment from Grant Tisdale, a strong dual-threat quarterback who blew off Scott Frost and Nebraska to be a Rebel.