Ole Miss coach Matt Luke

The two years of NCAA probation at Ole Miss are over and Matt Luke and the Rebels now have a chance to compete for bowl games and more. Luke, a former Ole Miss offensive lineman, kept the program from sinking during probation going 11-13 during those two seasons. Now armed with new coordinators, including former Clemson OC Rich Rodriguez, and a highly touted redshirt freshman quarterback in Matt Corral, Luke is excited about what his team might accomplish this season. The Rebels will be out to snap a five game losing streak when they open the season at Memphis August 31st.

Matt Luke at SEC Media Days

Ole Miss at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller)

                                                   Overall           Conference

Ole Miss Rebels                          5-7                       1-7

Matt Luke 3rd season               11-13                   4-12

  Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank
Points Per game 33.9 6 30
Rushing Yards per game 164.9 11 72
Passing yards per game 346.4 1 5
Total yards per game 511.3 2 9
Points allowed per game 36.2 14 113
Rushing yards allowed per game 220.8 14 115
Passing yards allowed per game 261.7 13 110
Total yards allowed per game 482.5 14 121

The Rebels return 13 starters, 3 on offense, 8 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter.

Statistical Leaders Returning

Offense Games Yards TD AVG
Scottie Phillips 11 1033 14 6.3
Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks
Josiah Coatney 63 4.0 0 1.0
Benito Jones 34 9.0 0 3.0
Qaadir Sheppard 48 10.0 0 2.0
Mohamed Sanogo 112 6.5 0 1.0
Willie Hibler 50 5.5 0 1.0
Vernon Dasher 36 1.0 1 0

Returning Starters Offense  

RB Scottie Phillips

RG Ben Brown

RT Alex Givens

Returning Starters Defense

DT Josiah Coatney

DT Benito Jones

DE/LB Qaadir Sheppard

LB Mohamed Sanogo

LB Willie Hibbler

CB Vernon Dasher

CB Jalen Julius

CB/S Myles Hartsfield

Special Teams

K Luke Logan

P Mac Brown

Key Losses

QB Jordan Ta’amu

WR A.J. Brown

WR DeMarkus Lodge

WR D.K. Metcalf

TE Dawson Knox

LT Greg Little

C Sean Rawlings

RG/LG Javon Patterson

S Zedrick Woods