2013 College Football Preview
OFFENSE: Randall Mackey-RB, Jamal Mosley-TE, Ferbia Allen-TE, A.J. Hawkins-OG, Bryson Rose-K
DEFENSE: Jason Jones-DE, Gilbert Pena-NT, Uriah Grant-DT, E.J. Epperson-DE, Joel Kight-LB, Wesley Pendleton-CB, Jim Broadway-P
WR Donte Moncrief
Receiver / Defensive Front

This spread offense has been distributing the football to many different wide receivers. They all return for 2013. Donte Moncrief will be one of the SEC's premier offensive targets. The defense is getting better up front. This was the SEC's 2nd ranked sack and TFL unit and the rushing numbers for opponents keep coming down.

Tight End / Secondary

The tight end gets used in this spread offense. Ole Miss doesn't have any worth noting heading into 2013. Plenty of experience will be available in this secondary. The problem is this unit has to learn how to cover somebody, especially late in games with the outcome on the line.

LB Denzel Nkemdiche
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Bo Wallace-Jr (6-4, 209) Barry Brunetti-Sr (6-0, 223)
RB Jeff Scott-Sr (5-7, 167) I'Tavius Mathers-So (5-11, 189) / Jaylen Walton-So 5-8, 168)
WR Donte Moncrief-Jr (6-3, 226) Cody Core-So (6-3, 191)
WR Vince Sanders-Jr (6-1, 185) Jordan Holder-Sr (5-11, 179)
WR Ja-Mes Logan-Sr (6-3, 183) Korvic Neat-Sr (5-9, 166) / Quadarias Mireles-Jr (5-11, 185)
TE Jack Nuismer-Sr (6-3, 243) Justin Bigham-Sr (6-1, 232)
OT Emmanuel McCray-Sr (6-5, 320) Derrick Wilson-Sr (6-2, 335)
OG Aaron Morris-Jr (6-5, 360) Jared Duke-Sr (6-7, 386)
C Evan Swindall-Sr (6-4, 299) Austin Douglas-Jr (6-2, 320) / Ben Still-So (6-2, 289)
OG Patrick Junen-Sr (6-7, 332) Justin Bell-So (6-3, 345)
OT Pierce Burton-Sr (6-6, 296) Robert Conyers-RFr (6-3, 286)
K Andrew Ritter-Sr (6-3, 225) Andy Pappanastos-Fr (5-11, 193)
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE C.J. Johnson-Jr (6-3, 230) Carlos Thompson-Jr (6-4, 240)
NT Issac Gross-So (6-1, 250) Woodrow Hamilton-So (6-3, 300)
DT Bryon Bennett-Jr (6-2, 281) Lavon Hooks-Jr (6-4, 302)
DE Cameron Whigham-Sr (6-3, 255) Channing Ward-So (6-4, 260)
OLB Denzel Nkemdiche-So (5-11, 207) Serderius Bryant-Jr (5-9, 215)
MLB Mike Marry-Sr (6-3, 256) Temario Strong-RFr (6-0, 235)
OLB Keith Lewis-Jr (6-1, 220) D.T. Shackelford-Sr (6-1, 246)
HUSK Dehendret Collins-Sr Mike Hilton-So / Brishen Mathews-Sr
CB Senquez Golson-Jr (5-9, 188) Anthony Standifer-So (6-1, 175)
CB Charles Sawyer-Sr (5-11, 178) Dehendret Collins-Sr (5-10, 185)
ROV Trae Elston-So (6-0, 190) Chief Brown-So (6-1, 200)
FS Cody Prewitt-Jr (6-2, 214) Brishen Mathews-Sr (6-0, 193)
NB Mike Hilton-So (5-8, 189) Cliff Coleman-Jr (5-10, 186)
P Tyler Campbell-Sr (6-2, 230) Chris Conley-Sr (5-8, 209)


  • Quarterback Bo Wallace, who was declared as the starter only two days before the 2012 opener, has really taken some big strides. Sure there have been some struggles, in particular a SEC-high 15 interceptions, but Wallace has become an established signal caller in the second half of the season demonstrating that he can lead the Rebels in big moments.
  • Wallace has a big time playmaker in receiver Donte Moncrief who has picked apart SEC cornerbacks. Defenses won't be able to double up on Moncrief as every single receiver gets welcomed back to the fold. Senior Ja-Mes Logan is another receiver primed for a stellar campaign.
  • This spread-option read offense will only get better. Leading rusher Jeff Scott will return and is very good in space. Bo Wallace is also pretty handy with his feet having posted eight rushing touchdowns on his own.
  • New defensive coordinator Dave Wommack made some great improvements to the SEC's worst run defense from 2011 by mixing up schemes and rotating a ton of defensive linemen. With many of those same players back hopes are they can keep on improving.
  • Defending the pass is where things get dicey as breakdowns in the secondary have led to some disappointing losses. Some talent exists, especially at safety, but the corners have been ravaged by injuries. For Ole Miss to finish next season ranked they will have to come up with some answers in this backfield.
  • Here is the annual NationalChamps.net Dark Horse Pick for 2013, which always leaves quite a few readers scratching their head and calling us names. Ole Miss competes in the SEC so, NO, the Rebels aren't going to be competing for a post-season trip to Atlanta. Out of everyone we evaluated from the current 2012 BCS Poll Top 75 teams, nobody else brings back 20 starters. But what sells the Rebels wasn't their big win over in-state rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl finale or the fact they return so many starters. This is about the way Ole Miss hung tough versus top SEC competition. Both Texas A&M and LSU were more than happy to come out victorious against the Rebels by less than a touchdown.
  • Head coach Huge Freeze on making a bowl game in his first season, "It validates the process we're on and the journey we're on is on the right track. The excitement around the program seems to be catching on with recruits and their families. I think the way we played every game except for maybe the second half of the Georgia game we were very competitive."
  • This past recruiting season may have been the best in Ole Miss football history.



Aug. 29 - at Vanderbilt
Sept. 7 - SE Missouri
Sept. 14 - at Texas
Sept. 28 - at Alabama
Oct. 5 - at Auburn
Oct. 12 - Texas A&M
Oct. 19 - Louisiana State
Oct. 26 - Idaho
Nov. 9 - Arkansas
Nov. 16 - Troy
Nov. 23 - Missouri
Nov. 30 - at Mississippi State