Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
This game proved truly to be a tale of two halves, as the starting five offensive lineman for Ole Miss had early protection problems against an experienced SEC defensive line. In 2012, Vanderbilt proved they were able to get in the backfield, finishing with 97 tackles for loss—second best in the conference.
In the first half of the game, the starting squad seemed to have communication issues and appeared confused several times on basic stunts and twists by defensive lineman. Starting quarterback Bo Wallace did not have time to find receivers. After going up quickly 10-0 in the first quarter, the offense began to stall.
Bo Wallace was sacked four times in the first half, as the Ole Miss coaching staff juggled players around, trying to find the right combination in the squad.
To make matters worse, senior right guard Aaron Morris was forced off the field for the season after an ACL tear. Coaches were forced to immediately look to two talented, albeit true freshmen, linemen to get in the game.
Highly-touted signees Laremy Tunsil and Austin Golson came in at the left tackle and right guard positions, respectively, and seemed to finally put a shield in front of their quarterback. The team, down 21-10 at halftime, slowly got back into the game and took control of the the line of scrimmage.
Losing Aaron Morris is a huge blow to this team, as he takes with him a lot of experience and depth at his position; however, in this game the Rebels were able to improve during his absence.
POSITION GRADE: C