It may just be one game but after their week-one win over Texas Tech, Ole Miss football is ranked among the top teams in the SEC in several categories.
I realize there are Ole Miss football fans reading this right now and wondering what the big deal is about stats after just one game. Its simple really, it shows us where the Rebels stand against the rest of the SEC teams after week one. For Ole Miss to be among the top SEC teams in several different offensive categories is huge and it was a win over Texas Tech which matters.
The Rebels were one of five SEC teams who played out of the normal season opening comfort zone of a far lesser opponent. The Rebels faced a defense expected to be one of the best in the Big12 this season while other SEC offenses were getting fat on cupcakes. Ole Miss still put up impressive numbers.
The Phil Longo offense put on a clinic in Houston, Texas this past Saturday rolling up 546 yards of total offense against Texas Tech. Senior QB Jordan Ta’amu completed 22 of 32 attempts for 336 yards and 2 TDs. JUCO transfer RB Scottie Phillips had a huge game on the ground with 16 carries for 204 yards and 2 TD.
The NWO proved why they are the best WR corps in the nation with three Rebels with over 80 yards receiving. Senior DaMarkus Lodge pulled in 6 receptions for 96 yards while junior All-American AJ Brown had 7 receptions for 93 yards and 1 TD. Junior DK Metcalf finished with 4 receptions for 81 yards and 1 TD. Sophomore Braylon Sanders had 4 receptions for 60 yards.
Where They Stand
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Each week the SEC releases the official stats from the previous weekend. After week-one the Rebels offense is spread across several SEC statistical categories. Jordan Ta’amu is ranked No.2 behind Keytaon Thompson of Miss State in SEC passing yardage. Of course, Thompsons numbers came against Stephen F Austin.
Scottie Phillips’ Rebels debut and season opening performance ranks No.2 in the SEC in rushing yardage, rushing TDs and yards per carry. Phillips follows Trayveon Williams of Texas A&M whose carries, yardage and touchdowns came against Northwestern State.
The NWO is well represented among the SEC’s top receiving leaders after week-one with three WR’s ranking in the Top10 in receiving yardage. DaMarkus Lodge ranks 5th, AJ Brown ranks T6th, DK Metcalf ranks T9th while Braylon Sanders is ranked T17th.
Sophomore kicker Luke Logan connected on 4 of 4 of his FG attempts Saturday. Logan’s efforts rank T1st with Cole Tracy of No.25 LSU who was also a perfect 4 for 4 against No.8 Miami Sunday night in the Tigers season opening win. So you see when you look at the Rebels numbers from Saturday and where they rank against the rest of the SEC it should fire you up about the Rebels offense in 2018. This offense is just getting cranked up and will be exciting this season.
So next week we will revisit the SEC stat leaders and see here we stand among the SEC’s best after week-two. The Rebels offense will be back in action this Saturday as they host the Salukis of Southern Illinois. Be watching for our 2018 Rebels week-two game preview later this week. Also, be sure to stay up to date on everything Ole Miss by checking back here or by visiting and liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter. Go Rebels! Hotty Toddy!