Ole Miss Scouting Report: Offense

Bo Wallace and Laquon Treadwell have led a Rebel offense that has found a lot of success through the air

Ole Miss’ offense hasn’t exactly had to carry the load this season considering how dominant the defense has been.

Statistically, the Rebels rank near the bottom half of the conference in most offensive categories. They’re No. 8 in scoring (35.4 points/game), No. 8 in total offense (433.3 yards/game) and No. 11 in rushing (151.3 yards/game).

Where the Rebels have been great offensively is in the passing game, ranking third in the SEC with 282 yards per game. That’s a credit to the quarterback play, and we’ll get more into that later.

We’ll provide a report on everything you need to know on the Ole Miss offense, but first, here are the projected starters for Saturday’s game.


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PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP


QB: Bo Wallace (Sr., 6-4, 217)
RB: Jaylen Walton (Jr., 5-8, 166) —OR— I’Tavius Mathers (Jr., 5-11, 190)
WR: Laquon Treadwell (So., 6-2, 229)
WR: Vince Sanders (Sr., 6-1, 185)
SLOT: Cody Core (Jr., 6-3, 196)
TE: Evan Engram (So., 6-3, 227)
LT: Laremy Tunsil (So., 6-5, 305)
LG: Aaron Morris (Jr., 6-5, 345)
C: Ben Still (Jr., 6-3, 298)
RG: Justin Bell (Jr., 6-2, 352)
RT: Fahn Cooper (Jr., 6-5, 312)

Key Backups: C Robert Conyers (So., 6-5, 295), WR Quincy Adeboyejo (So., 6-3, 189), RB Mark Dodson (So., 5-10, 198), RB Jordan Wilkins (R-Fr., 6-1, 209)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


Let’s start with Dr. Bo, who’s having the best season of his career. The fifth-year senior has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,899 yards. He’s thrown 17 touchdowns and most importantly minimized the mistakes. Wallace has thrown only six interceptions this season and is reaping the benefits of playing healthy for the first time in his career.

Wallace has had more time to throw in the pocket and hasn’t had to improvise as much on the ground. Though he is a legitimate run threat, he only has 122 rushing yards this season, but LSU will still have to account for his ability to make plays when things break down.

They key to stopping Wallace will be to get pressure on him. He’s shown in his past that he can get a bit wild without that comfort in the pocket. LSU’s pass rush has been markedly improved in the last couple weeks, and they’ll try to ride that into this weekend’s contest.

Ole Miss has allowed 17 sacks this season, and the Rebels have some big bodies along that offensive line. Laremy Tunsil, a five-star prospect from the 2013 class, has proven up to that lofty ranking, anchoring that left side. Starting center Ben Still is questionable for this game with an sprained MCL, and Robert Conyers would start in his place if he can’t go.

Going back to the Ole Miss passing game, Wallace has spread the ball around to five different receivers. Laquon Treadwell leads the bunch as Wallace’s favorite target. The former five-star has 34 catches this season for 458 yards and four touchdowns. The No. 2 WR though has seemingly alternated every week.

Vince Sanders and Cody Core each have more than 20 catches this season, and tight end Evan Engram has been a matchup nightmare with 292 receiving yards this season. Quincy Adeboyejo has also had his moments, reeling in a pair of touchdowns, and all four have proven at times they can be called upon to pick up the necessary yards.

LSU’s problems on defense haven’t necessarily been in stopping the pass. That bodes well for the Tigers, considering the Ole Miss run game has been inconsistent at best.

The Rebels aren’t much for the power rushing attack either, which Auburn and Mississippi State both used with great success against the Tigers. The Rebels are more of a misdirection team, and LSU should fare better against that style than in those lopsided defeats.

The Rebels have rushed for a combined 340 yards in the last two games, though those were both well in-hand late in the game. Against Alabama earlier this month, Ole Miss only ran for 76 yards, so if the Tigers can shut that down, then that will put it all on the shoulders of Wallace.


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