PREVIEW: Tigers seniors set for home finale

Coach Ed Orgeron and the Ole Miss Rebels will travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers on Saturday, after having a bye week this weekend.

The Rebels last played on November 4, where they topped Northwestern State 27-7.

Ole Miss currently sits at 3-7 on the year, 1-5 in Southeastern Conference play with the lone win coming against Vanderbilt in overtime.

The game with LSU will mark the 85th meeting between the two rivals, with LSU holding the edge over the Rebels 53-27-4, including winning five of the last six. The most recent meeting was in Oxford last year, where the Tigers beat a struggling Rebel team 40-7.

Through 10 games this season, the Rebels have compiled nearly identical numbers both through the air and on the ground, passing for 1,396 yards and seven touchdowns, while running for 10 scores on 1,346 yards.

Taking the helm at quarterback for Ole Miss is Brent Schaeffer, who has spent his season at Tennessee and his junior year at junior college at The College of the Sequoias, where he became what many considered to be the top JUCO quarterback in the country.

Schaeffer has completed 100 of his 211 pass attempts this season for 1,239 yards while tallying seven touchdowns and giving up 10 interceptions.

Schaeffer's chief target this season has been sophomore wideout Mike Wallace, who has hauled in 19 catches for 337 yards and two touchdowns, all team-highs.

Joining Wallace are freshmen wide receivers Marshay Green and Dexter McCluster. Green, a Louisiana product, is third on the team in receiving yards with 173, and ties Wallace's total of two receiving scores, while McCluster has caught for 232 yards and one touchdown on the year.

Freshman Shay Hodge has also played a role in the young Rebel receiving corps, hauling in 14 catches for 162 yards.

On the ground, the Rebels are led by transfer BJ Green-Ellis, who played two years at Indiana before sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Through 10 games this season, Green-Ellis has rushed 189 times for 866 yards and six touchdowns.

Schaeffer is the leading rushing producers behind Green-Ellis, compiling 285 yards on rushes-for-a-gain.

Junior Bruce Hall and sophomore Mico McSwain have served as backups at running back thus far, rushing for 176 and 117 yards, respectively, with one score a piece.

Ole Miss' offensive front is composed of Andrew Wicker and John Jerry at the guards, Michael Oher and Maurice Miller at tackles and center Corey Actis. Actis is the smallest member of the Ole Miss front five, though he still weighs in at 290 lbs. Wicker is next at a solid 295 lbs., while Oher, Jerry and Miller all weigh in at over 320 lbs.

On defense, the Rebels are anchored on the line by Greg Hardy and Chris Bowers at defensive end, as well as Marcus Tillman and Brandon Jenkins in the middle. Hardy and Tillman are tied for the team lead in sacks with two each, while Jenkins and Bowers have added one sack each to the team total of 10.

At linebacker, Ole Miss welcomes the return of All-American Patrick Willis, who has led the squad with 112 tackles on the year, as well as recording one sack and six broken-up passes. His seven tackles behind the line is also a team high.

The Rebels also welcome to the linebacker unit junior college transfer Rory Johnson. Johnson has tallied 72 tackles in his first year as a Rebel to place second to Willis, and has also recorded three forced-fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Overall, the Rebels have allowed 167 rushing yards per game for 13 scores.

The Rebel secondary sees the return of starters Trumaine McBride at cornerback and Charles Clark at free safety. Clark has recorded the teams' only two interceptions of the year, and is third on the squad in tackles with 59, while McBride leads the way in broken-up passes with nine.

Filling in at the other two spots in the secondary in 2006 have been cornerback Nate Banks and strong safety Jarmarca Sanford. As a unit, the Ole Miss secondary has given up 195.5 passing yards per game for 14 touchdowns on the season.

Ole Miss' special teams feature freshman place kicker Joshua Shene, who has gone 10 for 12 on field goal attempts this season, including a 52-yarder against Northwestern State. He is also a perfect 16-16 on extra points.

In the punting role, Rob Park returns after holding the job at the close of last season. This year, he has averaged 39.2 yards per punt on 48 attempts, landing 12 of them inside the 20-yard line.

McCluster, McSwain and Green have shared kickoff return responsibilities, with McCluster returning 13 kicks for 278 yards, McSwain returning 11 for 280 yards and Green running 12 kicks back for a total of 238 yards.

Green has handled all 13 punt return tries for the Rebels, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt.

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