Ole Miss Football Saturday scrimmage recap ahead of Grove Bowl

Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels . (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels . (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The Ole Miss football team held their second open scrimmage for media and fans this past Saturday, here we will recap how the Rebels performed and who is leading in the quarterback battle.

Ole Miss football was set to hold the second of two open scrimmages this past weekend at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The scrimmage went on but due to poor weather the contest was moved to the practice fields for the Rebels.

The quarterback battle has been and will continue to be all the talk around the Rebels program this spring with incoming transfers Walker Howard and Spencer Sanders set to compete with incumbent starter Jaxson Dart for the job.

Dart has seemingly done everything he can to keep the job this spring and continued a strong spring with an impressive performance on Saturday. Dart went 10-of-19 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also showed off the wheels scoring on a 70-plus-yard touchdown run that he took down the sideline.

Sanders didn’t quite perform at the same clip as Dart, going 7-for-20 for 83 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked several times. Walker Howard had the fewest reps of the day finishing 3-for-9 through the air for 20 yards and no touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Jalen Knox was the leading receiver on the day with six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns and seemed to have a good rapport built with Jaxson Dart.

The day seemed to be dominated by the defense for the majority, possibly related to the poor weather or a new look defense built by new defensive coordinator Pete Golding. Combined the quarterbacks were 20-for-48 and were sacked eight total times.

The Rebel pass catchers also had a bevy of drops throughout the day, one being a potential 70-yard touchdown pass from Jaxson Dart that was dropped by Knox.

Spring will conclude for Ole Miss football with the Grove Bowl taking place this Saturday, April 15 at 2:00 pm in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.