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After tumultuous week, Rebels host Louisiana Tech for Homecoming

Alex Edwards/The Daily Mississippian

 

Now that Monday’s news has settled in, it is time for some football. This Saturday, Ole Miss (2-7, 0-6 SEC) welcomes Louisiana Tech (5-4, 4-1 WAC) to town, the first of three games to finish out the Houston Nutt era in Oxford.

“Louisiana Tech, they are a really good football team,” Nutt said. “They’ve really improved each game. They are an offense when you turn on the Houston game – they got 35 points on them before (Houston) knew what hit them. They can get up and down the field.”

The offense that Nutt alluded to averages 398.8 yards per game and 30.2 points per game. The Bulldog offense is led by junior quarterback Colby Cameron, who took over for freshman signal caller Nick Isham two games ago. Cameron has thrown for 651 yards and six touchdowns in his two starts this season, wins over San Jose State and Fresno State. 

A guy that makes things easier for Cameron is junior wide receiver Quinton Patton, who has 61 receptions for 886 yards and nine touchdowns this sason.

“(Patton) is as good of a receiver we are going to see all year,” Nutt said. “We’ve got to do a really good job on him and the quarterback because he can extend some plays. They can move the ball.”

On the offensive side of the ball, the Rebels hope to play a complete game, but Louisiana Tech will try everything they can to not allow that to happen.

“Tech’s defense is impressive,” Rebel offensive coordinator David Lee said. “I’ve talked to a couple of coaches. One said they were the best defense they had faced, the other said they were the second-best defense they had faced. Both of them have winning records.”

As a whole, the Bulldog defense has 15 interceptions on the season, so junior quarterback Randall Mackey will need to protect the ball.

“I think it speaks for the coaches,” Lee said of the Louisiana Tech secondary. 

“They really know what they’re doing. They’re reading off number one, number two. They’re always in the right position. You rarely see a guy running wide open against them. We’re going to have to go a long, hard way against them.”

The youth movement continues to Ole Miss with freshman C.J. Johnson breaking into the starting lineup for Saturday’s game. 

Also this week, there are a couple of Rebels nursing injuries. Junior tight end Jamal Moseley has been out of practice all week with a meniscus issue, while sophomore defensive end Cameron Whigham has been out after suffering a concussion against Kentucky this past Saturday.

Kickoff between Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech is set for 6:30 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and will be televised by CSS.