Ole Miss offense hitting stride ahead of ranked match-up


It hasn’t always been pretty for the Ole Miss football team to start 2019, but it’s been much better the past two weeks, at least on offense.

After putting up just 10 points at Memphis in week one, the Rebels have responded with 71 combined points over their last two games.

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Perhaps the birth of a star this past Saturday with Jerrion Ealy breaking the school’s single game record for all-purpose yards by a freshman. Those 273 ticks surpass the previous mark of 268 by Dexter McCluster in 2006.

Head Coach Matt Luke says it goes well beyond the efforts of the true freshman ahead of a week four match-up against 23rd ranked California.

“I think you can always be better. There’s things that you can always be better. But in the offense, again, I’ve said this, it all works together. The O-line, the quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, being on the same page and sometimes it’s the quarterback getting the ball out faster. Sometimes it’s the O-line missing a block. Sometimes it’s the running back seeing the hole. But it all works together. And I think the more that you do simplify and the ball comes out quicker and it gets distributed to the right places at the right time, your chance for success goes way up.”

The Rebels and Golden Bears will kick things off at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Vaught.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.