Head Coach: David Cutcliffe (Career Rec: 40-22-0)
Offensive Coordinator: John Latina
Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Driesbach
2003 Record: 10-3 overall (7-1 SEC)
2003 NCAA STATS RANKINGS
Total Offense: 22nd (433.2)
Rushing Offense: 64th (147.2)
Passing Offense: 15th (286.0)
Scoring Offense: 17th (34.0)
Total Defense:59th (378.5)
Rushing Defense: 14th (102.5)
Pass Defense: 109th (276.1)
Scoring Defense: 35th (21.9)
Offensive line, defensive secondary.
TEAM QUESTION MARKS
Quarterback, linebacker, defensive line.
HEAD COACHES COMMENTS
"We need a good August. Don't know that we got everything answered in the spring. We need to be very phsyical on offense to help our new QB settle into his role. The kicking game should be a bonus for us to help us win some close ballgames."
"Eli Manning on the field is hard to replace. Did an outstanding job in leadership. Harder to replace the playing on the field. Helped Spurlock for three years to see it done right. Other players on the team saw that., Any time replace a QB been a 3-year starter that is always an issue."
"Our OL is a strength. We may not be as deep as Tennessee at times but close to as talented. That's a strong statement. Starts with our guards, Buckles and Johnson, both coming back as 4-year starters. Talented, good FB players. Been competing in this league a long time. Spencer, at center, is as talented as any player I've been around. Has played a lot at guard. Should be a big plus inside. Tre Stallings back for his third year at tackle, Harris is also a very physical junior. That group needs to take some pressure off Spurlock."
2004 SCHEDULE AND GAME PREDICTIONS
Sept. 4 MEMPHIS, L 45-28
Sept. 11 at Alabama, L 24-17
Sept. 18 VANDERBILT, W 35-31
Sept. 25 at Wyoming, W 28-20
Oct. 2 ARKANSAS STATE, W 28-21
Oct. 9 at South Carolina, L 28-17
Oct. 16 TENNESSEE, W 21-18
Oct. 30 AUBURN, L 31-27
Nov. 13 at Arkansas, W 17-14
Nov. 20 at LSU, L 38-21
Nov. 27 MISSISSIPPI STATE, W 28-27
VandyMania's 2004 Ole Miss prediction: 6-5, (4-4 SEC)