A little more pressure on the passer could go along way for the Rebels tonight, especially with Texas starting QB David Ash out of the game.
Maybe that improved rush comes from junior DE C.J. Johnson, who has been working his way back to health from the broken leg he sustained in spring drills.
Here’s Johnson from earlier this week:
No. 25 Ole Miss at Texas
Where: Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119), Austin, Texas
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Television: WCBI or The Longhorn Network
Radio: Ole Miss Network; Sirius 117, XM 202
Records: Ole Miss 2-0, Texas 1-1
Series: Texas leads 6-1
Coaches: Texas – Mack Brown 151-44 16th season at Texas, 237-118-1 30th season overall. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 39-13, fifth season overall; 9-6 second season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Texas– QB David Ash 24-125 1 TDs. QB David Ash 39-for-62 passing, 594 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT. WR Mike Davis 13 catches, 177 yards, 3 TD. DE Cedric Reed 24 tackles, 1 sack. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 16-166, 1 TD. QB Bo Wallace 39-for-62 passing, 471 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT. WR Laquon Treadwell 11 catches, 109 yards, 0 TD. LB Serderius Bryant 15 tackles, 1 TFL.
Trends: This is the first of three straight road games for Ole Miss to be followed by an open date, then at Alabama and at Auburn. … Wallace threw 17 interceptions last year but has not had a turnover this season. … Through two games Wallace ranks second in the SEC in passing yards (235.5 ypg) and in total offense (267.0 ypg). … Ole Miss is 150-82-7 in September games. … The Rebels are 12-11 against current members of the Big 12 Conference.
Notes: Texas starting QB David Ash was officially ruled out on Friday afternoon. He will not play. … Ole Miss is back in the rankings for the first time since the end of the 2009 season. … Ole Miss LB Serderius Bryant had 15 tackles against Southeast Missouri, the most by an SEC player this season. … The Rebels are looking for their first 3-0 start since 1989. … FS Cody Prewitt is tied for the SEC lead and tied for third nationally with 1.0 interceptions per game. .. WR Ja-Mes Logan leads all Ole Miss players in games played with 39. Next is offensive lineman Jared Duke at 35. … RB Jeff Scott needs 780 yards to pass Joe Gunn (1998-2001) for second on the Ole Miss career rushing list. The career leader is Deuce McAllister (1997-2000) with 3,060 yards. … The Rebels have nine players from the state of Texas, freshmen Quincy Adeboyejo, DeVante Kincade and Christian Morgan among them.
Summing it up: “I expect them to be very emotional in front of their home crowd, and they’ll raise their game. I expect to see them at the best they can be,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on what he thinks about the Longhorns’ state of mind
Prediction: Texas 31, Ole Miss 28