There’s been a lot of talk about the Missouri defensive line, but the Tigers also lead the SEC in interceptions with 17.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says the Mizzou secondary is “well-coached, break on the ball and are as athletic in the back as they are up front.”
Here’s Freeze’s opening statement:
That front line will get its share of attention this week. DE Michael Sam leads the SEC in tackles for loss and sacks, but Ole Miss offensive lineman Emmanuel McCray says there’s no single player that stands out in the group.
Says McCray: They play pretty hard. They all have good motors. IT’s not just about outstanding athletic ability. Theirs not anybody out there like Jadeveon Clowney or anything, but they all play as a good unit and play hard.”
Sam usually lines up against the opponent’s right tackle. For Ole Miss, that’s senior Pierce Burton.
Burton says it’s not about trying to get off the ball quicker but perfecting his technique to have a good game against Sam and the Tigers. Burton got a head start to film review in a one-on-one session with OL coach Matt Luke on Sunday.
In this video Burton also talks about his Ole Miss career as it winds downs. Here’s Burton:
Ole Miss players say rankings don’t really motivate them, but it’s clear that the conversation about the best teams in the SEC — one they believe should include them — does motivate the Rebels.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace talks about that motivation factor and the Mizzou secondary here:
Offensively, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has said he’ll use two quarterbacks. Senior James Franklin, the regular starter, missed several weeks with a shoulder injury, but he’s back now. He played in the Tigers’ 48-17 win over Kentucky, and he’s listed as the starter on the depth chart. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk kept the season afloat and will be worked into the game.
The Rebels go into the game pretty healthy. There were no surprise injuries to appear after the Troy game.
DB Charles Sawyer and reserve DE John Youngblood were the names to watch last week, and there have been no additions. Sawyer is questionable. More on his status will be known after Tuesday’s practice. Youngblood will be good to go.