PREVIEW: First look at Ole Miss

The LSU Tigers begin making preparations for this weekend's clash with the Ole Miss Rebels in what will be the Tigers final home game of the season. Here is our preliminary look at the Rebels.





All-Time Series: LSU leads 53-37-4


Stadium: Vaught-Hemingway (60,580)


Conference: Southeastern


First Meeting: 1894, Ole Miss 27, LSU 6


Last Meeting: 2005, LSU 40, Ole Miss 7


Head Coach: Ed Orgeron, 6-15, at UM and overall, 2nd year


2006 Record: 3-7, 1-5 SEC



2005 in Review: 3-8, 1-7 SEC


Final '05 Ranking: Not ranked


Off. / Def. Systems: Pro-Set / Multiple 4-3


Returning Starters: 12; 5 offense, 5 defense, kicker, punter


Last Bowl Appearance: 2004 Cotton Bowl


Last Conference Championship: 1963





Rushing: BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 189 rushes, 866 yards, 6 TD


Passing: Brent Schaeffer – 211-100-10, 1,239 yards, 7 TD


Receiving: Mike Wallace – 19 catches, 337 yards, 2 TD


Tackles: Patrick Willis – 112 TT (78S, 38A)





Date                   Opponent                         '05 Result


S-2                  W, 28-25 Memphis          W, 10-6


S-9                  L, 34-7 at Missouri          ---


S-16                L, 31-14 at Kentucky       W, 13-7


S-23                L, 27-3 Wake Forest        ---


S-30                L, 14-9 Georgia               ---


O-7                  W, 17-10 Vanderbilt        L, 31-23


O-14                L, 26-23 at Alabama        L, 13-10


O-21                L, 38-3 at Arkansas         L, 44-10


O-28                L, 23-17 Auburn              L, 27-3


N-4                  W, 27-7 NW State          ---


N-18                at LSU                          L, 40-7


N-25                Mississippi State             L, 35-14



Head to Head:


Ole Miss QB vs. LSU DE

Brent Schaeffer vs. Tyson Jackson


Expected to provide a spark to an ailing Ole Miss offense, quarterback Brent Schaeffer hasn't quite brought the results to Oxford that many expected. A former quarterback at the University of Tennessee, Schaeffer transferred to College of the Sequoias for the 2005 season after getting kicked off the team in Knoxville. Ed Orgeron took a gamble on the well-traveled quarterback, but he has completed just 100 of 211 passes for 1,239 yards and has thrown 10 interceptions offset by just seven touchdowns. Tyson Jackson leads the SEC in sacks with seven and should welcome Schaeffer back to the SEC come Saturday.



Ole Miss LB vs. LSU RB

Patrick Willis vs. Jacob Hester


There might not be a better defensive player anywhere than Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis. A sure first team all-American, Willis leads the SEC in tackles with 112 total stops, which includes 78 solo tackles and 38 assists. Willis can run the field, but is a tremendous run stopper at 6-2, 230 pounds. Jacob Hester likes to run between the tackles and will be shouldered with the task of helping fend off Willis when he comes looking for quarterback JaMarcus Russell.




Player to Watch:


BenJarvus Green-Ellis

RB, Jr.

5-11, 211

St. Augustine HS/Indiana University

New Orleans, La.


A Louisiana native, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is quite familiar with LSU. Hailing from New Orleans, Green-Ellis was recruited by former LSU coach Gerry DiNardo at Indiana before returning down south where he landed at the University of Mississippi. Despite Ole Miss' woeful offense, Green-Ellis is second in the SEC in rushing, having gained 866 yards on 189 carries with six touchdowns. Green-Ellis has extensive running back skills and is a player who can pick up the blitz on pass protection, catch the ball out of the backfield and run the ball between the tackles as well as on the perimeter.


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