Even though Coach Hugh Freeze has played 12 true freshmen this season, with many in extensive roles, the Rebels have 13 players who have already graduated on the roster this season. Already with three road games under their belts, the Rebels come into the game well-prepared led by an explosive offensive attack.
While quarterback Bo Wallace and the wide receiver tandem of Laquon Treadwell and Donte Moncrief get much of the attention for the Rebels, the most important offensive player for Ole Miss is speedy running back Jeff Scott. Last season he totaled 207 all-purpose yards for the Rebels in a 41-20 victory vs. Auburn, including 137 rushing yards. He also added a huge 55-yard touchdown reception that broke Auburn's back in the fourth quarter.
Behind Scott the Rebels really haven't done much running the football other than the yardage produced by quarterbacks Wallace and Barry Brunetti. Wallace has 125 yards and three touchdowns while short yardage ace Brunetti had added 117 yards and three scores on just 21 carries.
Throwing the football Wallace has been solid, completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
A true freshman, Treadwell leads the way for Ole Miss with 20 catches for 205 yards. One of the most physical receivers in the league, Moncrief has added 17 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Also a threat, true freshman tight end Evan Engram is third on the team with 13 catches for 189 yards and a pair of scores.
Up front Ole Miss has a mix of experience and talent with senior center Evan Swindall leading the way. Growing up in Russellville, Ala., before finishing his high school career in Georgia, Swindall has started 24 consecutive games for the Rebels in the middle and is the anchor of the offensive line.
Defensively, youth has been served for Ole Miss as defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and defensive back Tony Conner have both already made a huge impact on the Rebels. Part of an athletic defensive line, Nkemdiche has started all four games for the Rebels and has 10 tackles with four tackles for losses to this point. Speedy C.J. Johnson is a playmaker on the other side with 12 stops and four tackles for losses as well.
At linebacker big Mike Marry has been a steady performer for Ole Miss since he arrived on campus. Last season's breakout performer Denzel Nkemdiche has been bothered by an injury for much of the season, but returned to play against Alabama last week. It may not matter however because in his absence Serderius Bryant has been a playmaker, recording 35 tackles, four tackles for losses and one sack. Similar to Auburn's Robenson Therezie, Bryant is capable of making plays from sideline to sideline.
In the secondary Cody Prewitt has been a busy man with 22 tackles and three of the four interceptions for the Rebels this year. Third on the team in tackles with 21, Conner has 21 stops and the other pick for the Ole Miss defense. Oxford native Trae Elston rounds out an athletic group of safeties with 18 tackles and two passes broken up on the year.
Auburn will face Ole Miss at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPNU. The Tigers lead the all-time series 27-10 and have won 13 of 15 meetings all-time at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Ole Miss Offense
WR 12 Donte Moncrief (6-3, 226, JR)
10 Vince Sanders (6-1, 180, JR)
LT 78 Laremy Tunsil (6-5, 315, FR)
70 Emmanuel McCray (6-5, 320, SR)
C 56 Evan Swindall (6-4, 301, SR)
64 Ben Still (6-2, 285, SO)
RG 74 Jared Duke (6-7, 377, SR)
77 Patrick Junen (6-7, 349, SR)
QB 14 Bo Wallace (6-4, 209, JR)
11 Barry Brunetti (6-0, 223, SR)
RB 3 Jeff Scott (5-7, 162, SR)
6 Jaylen Walton (5-8, 166, SO) OR
5 I'Tavius Mathers (5-11, 189, SO)
Ole Miss Defense
DE 10 C.J. Johnson (6-3, 230, JR)
55 Cameron Whigham (6-3, 255, SR)
OLB (Stinger) 14 Serderius Bryant (5-9, 215, JR)
4 Denzel Nkemdiche (5-11, 207, SO)
24 Keith Lewis (6-1, 220, JR)
Rover 7 Trae Elston (6-0, 190, SO)
8 Chief Brown (6-1, 200, SO)
FS 25 Cody Prewitt (6-2, 220, JR)
13 Brishen Mathews (6-0, 197, SR)
Ole Miss Specialists