September 15, 2010

Six-pack with Rebel Grove's Neal McCready

Ole Miss followed an embarrassing opening-week loss to Jacksonville State with a 14-point victory over Tulane. Now, the Rebels face Vanderbilt in their Southeastern Conference opener.'s Chris Lee asked publisher Neal McCready six key questions about Ole Miss as the Rebels prepare to face the Commodores on Saturday.

1. Teams often show most improvement between week one and week two. Did Ole Miss fix its defensive issues from week one, or was giving up 13 points more of a product of playing Tulane?

"Ole Miss certainly played better on defense against Tulane than it did against Jacksonville State, as the Rebels benefited from the return of safety Fon Ingram (knee) and defensive end Kentrell Lockett (heart), both of whom missed the season opener. That said, Jacksonville State is a better football team than Tulane, and the Rebels certainly had enough defensive issues in New Orleans to be concerned.

"Ole Miss still hasn't produced the pressure on the quarterback that was the hallmark of Tyrone Nix's defenses the past two years. Further, the Rebels have struggled in pass defense, a product of inexperience in some cases and talent deficiencies in others.

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