Ole Miss Rebels SEC Media Day Offense: The offense will be lead by SR QB Raymond Cotton. Ray is due a big year and can hurt you either by the pass or on the turf. Must cut down his INT's. RS So Sean Thomas is another athletic signal-caller who doesn't have the arm of Cotton but has even better wheels and is capable of doing more on the move. RS Fr Mike Menoza is a big kid at 6'5" 220 who can move as well. He is more physical and doesn't mind putting his head down to gain extra yardage. Incoming Freshman David Hunt is more of a classic, dropback passer in the mold of Sam Bradford or Eli Manning. Will likely redshirt and challenge for the starting job after Cotton departs. The ground game will be a committee effort led by SO surprise M. Battle who came out of nowhere to earn FR AA honors. Incoming FR J. Dorsey will be in the mix as well as shifty SO D. Chavis and 5'11" 240 RS Fr K. Thornton. Fullback D. Hall will continue his outstanding play and may be the nation's top FB. The Rebels were in the top 5 in rushing offense last season and look to continue to pound it out. The receiving corps is deep with Jr's Holmes and Poole on the outside and two-time Returner of the Year Neat returning in the slot. There is some young talent in the wings as well with height ranging from 6'3" to 6'6" including two 4* WR's coming in. TE is solid with the return of Jr B. Parker and 6'7" So J. Taylor. The OL returns four starters led by AA LG R. Kerr. LT Rogers returns along with Jr C E. Swindall, and lone Sr M. Brown at RG. Plenty of young depth with RS Fr D. Swain slated to man the RT position. Defense: Ole Miss' typically strong rushing D will continue to punish ball-carriers again. Running the 4-3 that has been the Rebs' bread-and-butter. The Defensive front will easily be two-deep everywhere. At DE, RS Jr D. McIntire returns after redshirting last seaon. He's a solid all-around WeakSide End. Jr Vance Hill will likely start at Strong Side End and he is steady and strong, and excels at setting the egde. The first backup will be RS So B. Sykes, who is tremendously agile for 6'6" 300-plus. Fellow RS So Dwayne Berg will be the other backup. Tackle is deep with two RS Sr's, Corey Gaines and Mike Thomas being in the rotation. Jr P.J. Hughes is the run-stuffer who has started since day one on campus but has battle injuries. The Linebacker corps is fast and aggressive. Gone are long-time starters J. Kight and D.T. Shackelford, but Sr M. Marry returns to man the Mike Spot. He will be flanked by two Jr's who have paid their dues and pushed the affore-mentioned. The strong side will be manned by RS Jr D. Horne, a stud with the total package and could possibly unseat Marry in the Middle. The weak-side spot is headed by T.J. Irvin who has been outstanding in backup time and on ST the past two seasons. Irvin an Horne are as athletic as any defender on the team. Incoming FR Matt Andrews will take Irvin's role on ST and get minutes where he can find them and SR Alex Williams will backup all spots and see some minutes as well. All four CB's return for the Rebs. Jr Reynaldo Brown has started since Day 1 and will be counted on to lock down the best WRs for other teams. Jon Thomas will start at the other Corner spot and like Brown, is athletic and the duo gives the Rebs two Corners with 6'1" height. Sr Adam Ross will be a Nickel and RS So James Williams will get more minutes as well, some at Nickel and some spelling Brown. Williams and Ross are more physical and Williams gives the secondary and X-factor with his 6'3" 200 lbs frame. Safety is another strong point for the Rebs. All-World SS Willie Lowe, just a Jr, will start for his 3rd season and is in the discussion of best Safety in CFB. Sr Joe Collins will start for his 2nd straight year at FS and made the transition nicely after being a SS for his Fr year. Collins, like Lowe, is a head-hunter with serious strike. Sr Tony Johnson is a backup capable of starting but has found himself the odd man out after the emergence of Lowe, Collins, and last year's Fr stud Danny Riley. Riley played a lot of Nickel, and may be called on to do so this season as well. He'll be slotted as the #2 FS but should see his minutes go up in preparation for next season. There are plenty of young guys who will back up but see little playing time due to depth. Incoming Fr David Heinz (FS) is a player the staff is excited about but will redshirt due to depth. They say Heinz is the 2nd fastest player on D behind R. Brown. Special Teams took a hit when 3 yr starter Andrew Ritter declared for the NFL Draft. The Rebs signed MS native Tim Moore and were planning on Redshirting him but he'll now be called on to perform from day 1. Moore is a good athlete at K and has a strong leg with average Accuracy at best. Jr Punter Lance Jude is pre-season All-American and averaged 39.7 net yards per punt last season. Jude is a big part of the Rebels gameplan due to setting up the D with great field position. Final Points: The Rebels must improve their anemic Passing Game to get to the next level. The Passing Game production plummeted this past season and the Rebs were in the bottom 5 in Passing Yardage in the entire NCAA. Having a Sr QB should favor the Rebs. The ground game is as strong as ever but they must improve the passing game to be a contender. The D should be hard to move the ball on. After breakdowns vs and Auburn and LSU, the Rebels finished strong on D against FSU in the Chick Fil-A Bowl. The SEC slate is tough as the Rebels go to Gainesville where the Gators have a new HC. They also travel to Vandy where another new HC takes over, and host the #3 ranked Gamecocks of South Caro. who break in young QB's. The West slate is tough as usual with road games at defending NC Auburn and the Egg Bowl in Starkville. The Rebs host ranked teams: Bama, Arkansas and LSU. The OOC includes hosting # 11 Texas who will look to pay the Rebels back for last year's L in Austin. The Rebels have a return trip to potentia BCS-buster Fresno St., and home games with Rival Memphis, and begin a series with Georgia Tech. The Rebel HC won't talk about expectations and only claims, "We have to win one at a time."