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2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 44
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 21

After losing its starting quarterback and running back from a year ago, the Ole Miss Rebels will have some major changes on offense in 2010. Jevan Snead and Dexter McCluster both left school with NFL dreams and will have to be replaced by young players.

McCluster, who is the only player in Southeastern Conference (SEC) history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch another 500 in the same season, will especially hard to replace. Currently, there are players fighting to take his spot: Brandon Bolden, Rodney Scott and Enrique Davis.

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The quarterback spot is likely to be taken by sophomore Nathan Stanley. This will be Stanley’s first chance as a starter, so there will likely by some growing pains.

Ole Miss’ defense, led by linemen Kentrell Lockett and Jerrell Powe, is definitely the strength of the team. The front four is among the best in the conference and should be able to generate enough pressure on the opposing quarterback to help out a weaker secondary.

The linebackers are a solid group and should have many opportunities to make plays with the guys up front eating up all potential blockers. Two seniors, Jonathan Cornell and Allen Walker, should provide leadership and experience to the defense.

After back to back 9 win seasons, the Rebels are hoping to make a push into double digit wins. With all of the turnover though, it will be difficult for coach Houston Nutt to get his team playing well right out of the gate. Thanks to their strong defense, look for Ole Miss to have a winning season, but not become one of the elite teams in the SEC.

Mississippi’s odds to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC): +3300

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