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The Rebels’ Run Defense Just Gets Worse And Worse

For three weeks running, the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week honor has gone to a running back that had just faced the Ole Miss defense.  Each topped the 150-yard mark while the Rebel run continued its fall to the bottom of the conference’s stat table.  Mississippi has allowed 1,814 yards rushing this season and 5.48 yards per carry.

“(Opponents’) tailbacks are getting too many yards,” Houston Nutt said, stating the obvious.  “There are too many explosive plays.  We have to be better.  I think out guys know that.”

Here’s a look at how Tyrone Nix’s unit has been bludgeoned on the ground:


Opponent
Total Rushing Yards
Leading Rusher
BYU
91
J. DiLuigi, 12 for 56
S. Illinois
223
S. Strother, 10 for 116
Vanderbilt
281
Z. Stacy, 11 for 169
Georgia
207
I. Crowell, 30 for 147
Fresno State
163
R. Rouse, 28 for 123
Alabama
389
T. Richardson, 17 for 183
Arkansas
206
D. Johnson, 15 for 160
Auburn
254
M. Dyer, 27 for 177



Horrible, right?  Well, it gets worse.

Crowell, Richardson, Johnson and Dyer all recorded their season high in rushing yards against the Rebels.  And Vandy’s Stacy ran for more yards only against Army.

Lucky for Ole Miss Kentucky is banged up at running back and ranks just ninth in the SEC in rushing yards per game (139.7).  Then again, Arkansas cranked out 206 on the ground against UM and they rank one slot behind Kentucky.

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