Mizzou's top priority vs Ole Miss: Stop the run

Mizzou's top priority vs Ole Miss: Stop the run

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Jaylen Walton (left) is one of many who have been key to the Ole Miss ground game

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by Dan Greenwald / Missouri Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 21 at 2:03 PM

(Missouri Football App) – Missouri will be challenged defensively Saturday.

Ole Miss may not be in the company of Florida State, Oregon, or Baylor but it is a force to be reckoned with. The Rebels average almost 35 points and slightly less than 500 yards per game.

The Rebels are a relatively balanced team in terms of run-pass ratio, but the running game is essential to their success. The Ole Miss ground game averages 200 yards per game and is led by multiple running backs, but is also augmented by its two quarterbacks. Head coach Hugh Freeze said the poor rushing performances have been the hallmark of his team’s defeats.

“Run the ball offensively. We’re pretty good when we can run it. We mix in passes and what we like to do off our run game. When we’re not running it, look at Alabama and Auburn games, when we’re not running it effectively we’re not the same team.”

The defensive formula is simple; stop the run and allow the defensive line to apply plenty of pressure on Bo Wallace.

If you’re using your mobile device, click here to watch DB E.J. Gaines talk about the challenge for the Mizzou defense.

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