Ole Miss Rebels Football Details
Ole Miss has had one of the more explosive passing offenses in the SEC over the past few seasons, and a lot of that had to do with the now-departed Chad Kelly. Fortunately for the Rebels, they just might be even better under center now than they were with Kelly running the offense. That is because sophomore Shea Patterson is one of the most gifted signal callers in the nation. Patterson was forced to play in three games last year because of injuries to Kelly, and he threw for 880 yards with six touchdowns in those appearances. He also rushed for 60 or more yards in two of those three games. Now that it is Patterson’s offense, head coach Hugh Freeze gets to call plays specifically designed for him. On the defensive side of the ball, edge rusher Marquis Haynes is one of the best in the country at what he does and is the engine that makes this unit go.
Heading into 2017, Freeze is 39-25 with Ole Miss and 3-1 in bowl games. His plan has been to restore the championship aspirations that surrounded this team in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Ole Miss won three national championships in a span from 1959 to 1962, Freeze was hoping to get this program back to the glory days when he took this job. It was a destination job for him, as he was born in Oxford and attended college nearby at Southern Mississippi. One thing that all fans should know about this program is that there is an intense rivalry with Mississippi State, which is located in Starkville. These two teams meet in the Egg Bowl once a year, and it is a battle that nobody should miss.