Notable Additions: RB Lavarus Giles, 6-2 205, Benoit, MS; S Larry Kendrick, 6-0 205, Pearl River CC; LB Gary Pack, 6-1 220, Hattiesburg, MS.
Notable Subtractions: QB Eli Manning; WR Chris Collins; RB Tremaine Turner; DT Jesse Mitchell
Notable Returnees: WR Bill Flowers; RT Tre Stallings; CB Travis Johnson
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Defensive Overview: The defense lost seven starters from last season and that will hurt them. They have a lot of speed on defense led by cornerback Travis Johnson and safety Eric Oliver. The upside for the Rebels is that the defense is young and should improve over the season. The defensive line also remains a question as only DT Daniel Booth returns.
Special Teams Overview: The kicking game will be solid once again as kicker Jonathan Nichols returns. Last year Nichols was 25-29 and won the Groza award as the nation's best kicker. Punter Cody Ridgeway averaged 44.2 yards per punt last season.
The Rebels will be ranked in the top 25 at the end of the year if... Spurlock is effectively able to run the offense and the defense is able to mature quickly. In addition the Rebels need to avenge last season's loss to Memphis and stay competitive in the SEC west.
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