Miller: 'We leave points out there'

The Rebels running game has racked up 216 and 107 yards respectively in games one and two. Maurice Miller says there are more yards out there to be gained on the ground.

"The biggest thing is to get back to fundamentals," Miller said as the Rebels worked to improve their ground attack this week in preparation for Samford Saturday and the start of SEC play next week vs. Vanderbilt here. "After watching film (from the Wake Forest game), we saw a lot of breakdowns. We were disappointed in how our pad level was, our footwork, using our hands. We did see a lot of work to be done on plays, but it was more fundamental than anything."

So correctable mistakes. As Coach Houston Nutt said Monday at his weekly press conference, most of the Rebels' breakdowns in their 30-28 setback in Winston-Salem, N.C., were indeed correctable.

"After watching the film against Wake Forest, I would have to agree," said the 6-foot-4, 343-pound senior. "We've been going back to work on things like footwork and getting the pad level like we want it. There were a few plays where holes were there and creases, but we want to get movement like we are supposed to. Their d-linemen were getting under our pads instead of it being the other way around."

It's not that complex, just a matter of getting things right, according to Miller.

"Simple execution and getting back to the basics of what we do," he said. "We need to work hard and become a more hard-nosed, physical offensive line and a physical offense period."

Nutt said the Rebels will get better in the rushing department.

"We can get more physical," he said. "We'll get our running game going. We want to be a much better running team to compliment our passing game."

The Rebels are moving the football and scoring points. They put up 41 in a season-opening, 17-point win over Memphis in Oxford, in addition to the four touchdown performance against the Demon Deacons.

"It's a big turnaround from where we've been the past couple of years to where we are now," Miller said of the offensive production as the Rebs hadn't scored more than 30 points in a game against D-I competition since 2004 - until the 41 vs. Memphis. "But still when you go back and watch film of the past two games, you can see we leave points out there. There are so many different areas we can get better. We just need to put more points on the board to help our defense out. Our defense has been doing a real good job trying to keep our opponents out of the end zone. We want to work hard to keep them off the field and score more points."

Their next opportunity comes Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Samford Bulldogs (2-0) come to town.

"We're looking forward to playing another game and getting better," Miller said. "And we have a lot of room for improvement."

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