Against Southern Illinois the Rebels were led by quarterback Zack Stoudt who orchestrated a 75-yard touchdown drive on the opening series. On SIU's second play, an interception returned to the 4-yard line by defensive end Wayne Dorsey put the Rebels up by two touchdowns less than four minutes into the game. Mississippi got off to a great start in the opening quarter of this one.
In two games Stoudt has a 55.8 completion percentage, 258 passing yards and one touchdown pass. Stoudt also has the ability to lose yards on the ground running for minus 55 yards in two games. His fumble in the end zone was recovered by BYU for a touchdown that helped to seal the opening 14-13 loss for the Rebels. Junior quarterback Randall Mackey has had one pass attempt for 18 yards and may also get some playing time against the 'Dores this week.
The leading receiver for the Rebels is sophomore Ja-Mes Logan with eight catches for 106 yards in the first two games. Freshmen Donte Moncrief has five catches for 35 yards. The lone receiving touchdown was collected by tight end Jamal Mosley. The Rebs have scored five total touchdowns on offense this season.
Running back Brandon Bolden sustained an ankle injury during the week one loss to BYU. Bolden's absence has made room for Jeff Scott to take on the rushing load. In two games Scott has rushed for three touchdowns and 135 yards, averaging 6.4 per carry. Less than five minutes into the SIU game Scott recorded touchdowns on a 37-yard run, a 4-yard run after the Dorsey interception and a 67-yard punt return, claiming a total of four on the day.
The secondary has improved drastically since the opener, recording four interceptions against SIU. Cornerback Charles Sawyer has two interceptions in two games one of which was returned 96 yards for a touchdown. Sawyer has 11 tackles on the year. The other major threat in the secondary is senior Damien Jackson who leads that group with 20 tackles. Jackson also collected one of the Bears four interceptions last week against SIU. Senior cornerback Marcus Temple has one pick and 9 tackles on the year. Senior cornerback Marcus Temple has one sack on the year and 9 tackles on the year.
The Rebel defensive line anchored by returning starters Dorsey and Kentrell Lockett have not been able to get much pressure on quarterbacks yet this year. Ole Miss has thrown a mix of linebacker and cornerback blitzes in to try and help get hands on opposing signal callers. The Bears also hope to get junior defensive end Jason Jones back into the mix to help bring the pressure.
At the linebacker position, Joel Kight, Mike Marry and Ralph Williams have gotten the most playing time. Sophomore Marry is a vacuum leading the team with 21 tackles, 13 coming in the opener against BYU. Kight has recorded 11 tackles on the year one for a loss, and Williams has posted 7 tackles one for a loss.