Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Ole Miss season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Ole Miss Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 5-7 overall, 2-7
Head Coach: Matt Luke, 3rd year: 22-23
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OLE MISS OFFENSE
– The offense not only has to replace solid QB Jordan Ta’amu, but good luck getting more out of the receiving corps that loses NFL targets DK Metcalf, AJ Brown and DaMarcus Lodge. It’s not a bad group returning – sophomore Elijah Moore and junior Braylon Sanders got in plenty of work last season – Moore finished third on the team with 36 catches – but again, there’s going to be a drop off.
– Sophomore Matt Corral has the talent to be every bit as good as Ta’amu, who threw for just over 3,900 yards with 19 scores and eight picks. However, the style of the attack is undergoing a wee bit of an overhaul with new offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez taking over. Corral might not be an elite runner, but he can handle the fast tempo and spread out style. The biggest beneficiary of the switch to Rodriguez will be …
– Scottie Phillips and the running game should be terrific. Along for the ride a wee bit last year, the ground attack finished with just under 2,000 yards and 24 scores averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Expect Phillips to come up with big gashes, and there’s a whole lot depth behind him with quick backs to fill in the gaps. The issue? The offensive line loses three good starters from a group that has to quickly adjust to the new style. Ben Brown is a good guard, but this is the area of concern going into fall camp.