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Friday, December 19, 2014

Rebs need Lockett to stop run

The trend for Ole Miss is an embarrassing one.

Run the ball against the Rebels’ defense. Win an award.

Opposing running backs have won the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week three straight weeks, the result of a porous Ole Miss defense that’s been an issue all season.

It all started with Alabama’s Trent Richardson, who broke free for 183 yards and four touchdowns while the Tide amassed 389 rushing yards as a team on Oct. 15. The following week Arkansas’ Dennis Johnson rushed for 160 yards and one touchdown. Then Auburn’s Michael Dyer rushed for 177 yards and one touchdown on Saturday.

Not surprisingly, the Rebels lost all three games.

Ole Miss ranks last in the SEC having allowed 226.8 yards per game on the ground, 18 rushing touchdowns and 5.5 yards per attempt.

Coach Houston Nutt pointed to several reasons for the Rebels’ lackluster run defense. (November 4, 2011, Page 11A)

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