LSU opponent preview: Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss wide receiver Jonathan Mingo PHOTO COURTESY: Ole Miss

OLE MISS REBELS (7-0, 3-0 in SEC)

FACES LSU: Oct. 22, 2:30 pm. Tiger Stadium (homecoming)

HEAD COACH: LANE KIFFIN (22-8 at Ole Miss, 83-41 overall)

NUMBER OF HEAD COACHES, 20 SEASONS: Six 2021

RECORD: 10-3 (6-2)

OVERALL RECORD, 10 SEASONS: 69-54

CONFERENCE: SEC

LAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP: 1963

SEC TITLE GAME RECORD: 0-0

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, LAST: 1, 1960

THIS SEASON: Ole Miss is going for its first 8-0 record since 1962 when the Rebels went 10-0 … The Rebels, ranked seventh nationally, are coming off a 48-34 home win over Auburn that was interrupted by lightning … Ole Miss, which had three players gain 100+ yards rushing, finished with 448 yards on the ground, the fifth highest in school history … Freshman QUINSHON JUDKINS is the team’s leading rusher with 121 carries for 720 yards and 10 TDs.


NAME GAME: Kiffin, 5-15 coaching the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in 2007-08, was Tennessee’s coach for one season, Southern Cal’s for three-and-a-half and Florida Atlantic’s for three before starting at Ole Miss in 2020 … USC transfer JAXSON DART, who has passed for 1,488 yards and 11 TDs and rushed for 371 yards, won the team’s starting quarterback position over returnee LUKE ALTMYER and succeeded quarterback MATT CORRAL, now with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers … Dart has been protected by an offensive line featuring NICK BROEKER, who moves from left tackle to left guard, and JEREMY JAMES, who shifts from the right side to left tackle … USC transfer tight end MICHAEL TRIGG joins Dart in Oxford … Transfer running back ZACH EVANS rushed for a Rebels-high 648 yards (7.0 yards per carry) last season at TCU despite being limited by injury to six games … Three-time All-MAC linebacker TROY BROWN (Central Michigan) joins a defense that loses second-round NFL pick SAM WILLIAMS (12.5 sacks) … Safety AJ FINLEY had 90 tackles and three interceptions last season, his second straight starting on defense; he also had three picks in 2020


TIDBITS: Altmyer started Ole Miss’ 21-7 Sugar Bowl loss to Baylor last season … The Rebels were picked
fourth in the SEC’S Western Conference, according to a preseason media poll … Ole Miss vacated 33 of its wins from 2010-16 due to fielding ineligible players

FUN FACT

The Rebels’ last winning season prior to 2021 was 2015, when they went 10-3 under current Liberty coach HUGH FREEZE.

INFLUENCER

JONATHAN MINGO

Wide Receiver | 6-2 | 225 | Senior

A broken ankle limited Mingo to six games last season but leads the 2022 receivers group with 22 catches for 507 yards and 3 TDs. That unit includes transfers Malik Health (Mississippi State), Jordan Watkins (Louisville) and Jaylon Robinson (UCF). Mingo, the big wideout from Brandon, Mississippi, has three touchdown catches each of the past two years at Ole Miss which he’s reached this season.

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