Ole Miss Football 2001 Preview

This is another segment in a series of previews on every SEC football and basketball team.

Ole Miss Rebels

Coach: David Cutcliffe
2000 Record: 7-4, 4-4 SEC
Returning Starters: 6 Offense, 5 Defense

All-Star Candidates: OL Terrence Metcalf, C Ben Claxton, OLB Eddie Strong, DB  Syniker Taylor.

2001 Schedule
Sep. 1 Murray State
Sep. 8 at Auburn
Sep. 15 Vanderbilt
Sep. 29 at Kentucky
Oct. 6 at Arkansas State
Oct. 13 Alabama
Oct. 20 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 27 at LSU
Nov. 3 Arkansas
Nov. 17 Georgia
Nov. 22 at Mississippi State

Strengths: Defensive secondary, linebacker.

Weaknesses: Defensive line, kicking game.

Key Game: Sept 8, at Auburn.  Auburn and Ole Miss have really developed into an intensive rivalry since Tommy Tuberville took the money and ran to Auburn.  If Ole Miss can surprise the Tigers they have a good chance at a 6-0 start because of a very friendly schedule.

Coach Cutcliffe says: "We're not very big again on our defensive front, but we were not very big a year ago. We kind of got banged up in the middle last year when we lost Eddie Strong (linebacker) for the season. I think one of the most underrated players in the league is Anthony Sims. He was hurt a year ago. Anthony Sims is going to be as productive and as good a defensive front player as there will be in the league. He'll be drafted and play in the NFL. He has to stay healthy."

Overall projection: Look for Ole Miss to win 4 to 6 games in 2001.  Expect for the Rebs to start off with a bang and finish with a lull.  Ole Miss will finish near the bottom of the SEC West.


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