Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze knows his defense has to overcome adversity after a rough season so far

When asked if he felt his team was pulling apart, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said he would never let himself believe that at his weekly press conference on Monday.

Freeze did acknowledge that his defense is having a tough time overcoming adversity at the moment.

“Do I think overcoming adversity is the easiest thing to do for young men in today’s time? No, I think it has to be continually addressed particularly defensively right now," Freeze said.  "We are searching for some guys that really take the leadership role and do it the right way."

Ole Miss currently ranks 107th in the FBS in total defense. The Rebels' rushing defense ranks 113th overall, giving up an average of 226.9 yards per game. Ole Miss' offense has been stagnant over the last couple of weeks, but Freeze doesn't see a leadership problem on that side of the ball.

"Offensively, we have to perform better and score a lot of points to win right now," Freeze said. "I think the leadership there is pretty good, I don’t see anything going on there.

Defensively, they want to do better, they want to do well and you saw glimpses of it. You put the first two possessions on and our kids did everything right, and as the game went on we didn’t sustain that level of play and we have to in order to win against the teams we are playing against in this league.”

Ole Miss' defense faces a tough challenge on Saturday against #15 Auburn at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:15 p.m. CT on SEC Network.

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