Comparing Rebels, Aggies at WR

Earlier this week Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace made headlines when he expressed the opinion that the Rebels’ receivers were better than their counterparts at Texas A&M.

Wallace did this while expressing supreme confidence in the guys he throws to. He didn’t set out to “punk” the A&M receivers, but it ended up that way, and his comments are sure to be revisited in two weeks when A&M visits Oxford.

So in honor of Wallace’s comments, here are some notes and numbers on receivers from Texas A&M and Ole Miss.

If you’re an Aggie passing through and can offer more commentary on the A&M guys please do. …

While the spread/tempo offense makes you think pass, both of these teams set out for balance. Ole Miss is running the ball a little more with 44 rush attempts per game compared to A&M’s 39.5.

The numbers for A&M’s Mike Evans are quite impressive. You may have heard of him with 279 yards on seven catches against Alabama. Through four games he’s averaging almost six catches a game – 22 receptions, 575 yards – that’s 26.1 yards a catch – and three touchdowns.

Take out his 95-yard play against Alabama, and he’s still averaging 22.8 yards a catch.

Evans is a big, physical receiver at 6-5, 225 pounds.

Beyond Evans, the Aggies have Derel Walker at 6-2, 185 pounds, a senior and juco transfer.

Walker has 12 catches for 183 yards, no scores. He averages 15.2 yards per catch.

Walker is the team’s fourth-leading receiver, and the physical numbers drop after that.

Sabian Holmes is 5-11, 175, clearly valued for gifts other than physicality. He’s got 10 catches for 121 yards and a score.

Malcolme Kennedy is 6-0, 200 and has 19 catches for 218 yards and four scores.

The group was supposed to include freshman Ricky Seals-Jones, who was rated the No. 2 wide receiver last year by Rivals.com, which had Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell No. 1. Seals-Jones is out for the year with a knee injury.

Ole Miss doesn’t have a 6-foot-5 wide receiver but goes 6-3 three times with starters Donte Moncrief, Ja-Mes Logan and Treadwell.

Moncrief and Treadwell are physical types. I really can’t speak to that trait for all of A&M’s receivers, having seen only a few clips.

Ole Miss also has a tight end in Evan Engram who plays like a wide receiver, a threat the Rebels’ offense hasn’t had in a few years.

Ole Miss receivers have played one less game to date.

Treadwell leads the way with 16 catches, but his yards per catch are fourth among the regulars at 9.6 per reception. He’s made a couple of acrobatic grabs, but he’s yet to reach the end zone.

Moncrief is drawing a lot of double teams, which is opening things up for some others. He has 11 catches for 173 yards, 15.7 per catch, and two touchdowns. One of those scores was a 67-yard play against Southeast Missouri. Other than that game – in which Engram had a 64-yard touchdown play – the Rebels haven’t had much deep success.

Engram has almost identical numbers to Moncrief with 11 catches, 175 yards, 15.9 per catch and two scores.

Logan has eight catches, Jordan Holder – a sure-handed possession receiver – has seven catches for 71 yards.

The Rebels can also go 6-foot-3 with reserves Cody Core and Quincy Adeboyejo, a freshman, but they’ve played very little.

Beyond Alabama, the Aggies have played an unimposing local schedule of Rice, Sam Houston and SMU.

The Rebels have played road games at Vanderbilt and Texas in addition to Southeast Missouri.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Cid Riley

    Saban is ready for his team to make a statement. He’s not going to Texas and he will prove it. Bammers 53
    Sharkfins 6.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • TrollSeasonIsOpen

      First it’s 53 to 31, now its 53 to 6? Make your mind up troll, your loosing credibility.

      • NashVegasReb

        Losing??? …lost.

        • TrollSeasonIsOpen

          True, I forget sometimes that trying to reason with the reasonless always turns to inane babble.

    • TrollSeasonIsOpen

      Curious, what year did you graduate from Oxford High School?

  • Missouri Rebel

    With exception of the SEMO game, I have watched all the games that both the rebels and TA&M have played. I agree with the statement that Bo Wallace made, but not particularly the timing or the way that Wallace’s statement came across. Mike Evans is a beast, but as a whole, the Rebels probably have a better receiving corps. The problem is that the huge X-factor in comparing the two sets of receivers is the guy throwing the passes.
    When you have a Heisman trophy winning QB throwing the ball around, the numbers will probably favor his team. Watching Johnny Manziel also shows that his receivers don’t have to have great separation from defensive backs either. A QB with his ability to extend plays gives receivers more time to get open. As coverage breaks down, guys get open. Watch and see how many times Manziel’s receivers are wide open as a result of his ability to scramble outside the pocket. Sure can make your receivers look better than they really are…

  • Cid Riley

    1991…the future will determine my credibility…I changed my score after considering the practices Bama has had the last 2 days…..53. To 6…I will stick with this one.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • FairviewReb

      Hearing those voice again…eh???

    • keith

      Ciiiiiddddd….. Lol…. what up buddy???? 1991! Wow! So you graduated from northwestern in 3 years? Impressive. Sponsorship and working the steps are our solution.

      • keith

        Where were ya in 1992? That year is missing.

  • Cid Riley

    That’s right..3 years..Told you that I got a “Rhoady” to Oxford..

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