The Ole Miss Rebels are playing about as well as we are capable of playing the last couple of weeks. We've been playing backups the entire fourth quarter and hoping to get some guys seasoning that will have to take on key roles next season. Next week is crunch time! Penn State comes a callin... The passing game has been pedestrian for much of the year, but has picked up steam lately. We're not forcing as much but we're getting big plays out of short passes, and then mixing in a few bombs over the top. Running the ball is where our bread is buttered, and it's on that note that we have bad news to report. HB Matt Hall has sustained a 3-week injury and that obviously means he'll miss that Penn State row. While it's disappointing, we have three solid running backs behind him. Still, it's clear that Hall provides something that the others do not... Brute force. Hall has adequate speed and quickness, but 81 STR, 86 BTK, 91 TRK are extremely useful for keeping the chains moving. We will have our work cut out for us going up against Penn State next week without him. Despite not having the physical strength that Hall has, Justin Turner is the obvious starter heading into next week. After Hall got hurt Turner had a monster game, with 175 yards on 10 carries, and 3 touchdowns. He also had arguably the most badass run that I've put forth in this game so far: Keep an eye on #69 when you watch this run... He goes down like he got shot in the back, no blocking whatsoever as Turner starts off the run with a quick move inside before making a wide juke back to the outside, spinning into the clear, breaking a tackle, then dragging a defender into the end zone... Maybe this is a pedestrian run for some, but for me, this is about as good as it's gonna get. and one more.... Well... enough highlight videos and stuff... QB Terrence Robbins has put the idea of a QB competition to rest once and for all. Lefty Mike Singletary has been great in mopup duty, and also earned a compliment from the former Georgia coach makinpropel after last year's conference championship game, but Robbins has simply been more consistent as a starter. His excellent height allows him to see over the defense, and when there's nobody open, he is extremely fast and can run for some yards. The receiving tandem of TE John Davis and WR Tony Cain has taken a bit of a step back this year because we dedicated ourselves to running the ball. However, as we've become more comfortable with Robbins at the helm and the offense we're running, we've started to open things up a bit more. Davis is the leading receiver with 35 for 628 yards and 8 TD, while Cain has caught fire of late after starting off the season extremely slow and seemingly never breaking open. Cain now has 24 receptions for 521 yards and 7 TD. The defensive line has been absolutely phenomenal. Our MLB Brad Daugherty (61 TAK, 40 SOLO, 23 TFL, 5.5 sacks) still leads the team in tackles, but there simply aren't as many guys getting through, and ROLB Kevin Webb (49 TAK, 25 SOLO, 8 TFL, 1.5 sacks) is making his share of plays when they do. The star of the defense so far has undoubtedly been LE Trevor Gaines (95 OVR, 47 TAK, 31 SOLO, 16 TFL, 10.5 sacks). Gaines is almost unblockable at times, and the interior presence of freshmen DT's Justin Horn (85 OVR) and Jonathan Robinson (84 OVR) combined with excellent production by RE Patrick Newell (41 TAK, 22 SOLO, 20 TFL, 8.5 sacks) means this is a front four to reckon with. We haven't managed to pick off many passes this year, but our coverage has been quite solid, ranking in the Top 35 in fewest passing yards allowed (1,429) despite the fact that we have played 9 games, more than any other team (we have two bye weeks in a row coming up after Sandusky State). We're also 3rd in the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed despite having played 2 more games than #2 Penn State, and 3 more games than #1 Nebraska. In terms of points, we're sixth with 90 points allowed, or 10 per game. We're looking forward to the matchup against the Hated Ones next week... See you then jms493 !!