SEC Breakdown 2009: How Will Ole Miss Fare This Season?

L.C. MayCorrespondent IJune 18, 2009

DALLAS - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Houston Nutt talks with Jevan Snead #4 of the Mississippi Rebels between downs against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 2, 2009 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

One of the many surprise teams of 2008, Ole Miss enters the 2009 season with high expectations. If you do not already know, Ole Miss is predicted by most, including Kirk Herbstreit, to win the SEC West. Along with most people, Ole Miss is indeed in my top three to win the SEC West.

Ole Miss enters the 2009 season with an amazing quarterback. Jevan Snead gets it done when he is on the football field and is the heart of the Ole Miss offense. If you ask me, Snead will probably be the best quarterback in the SEC West. Dexter McCluster is also a good quarterback in the Wild Rebel formation.

At running back Ole Miss also has absolutely nothing to worry about. The Rebels have Cordera Eason, Enrique Davis, and formations such as the Wild Rebel, where they can utilize McCluster. One of these running backs should produce a minimum 900 yards this season.

Wide receiver-wise, Ole Miss once again has nothing to to worry about.

The wide receivers will be led by the versatile McCluster—I know every time you mention something on Ole Miss you have to mention Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss also has a great wide receiver in Shay Hodge, who should produce big numbers as well. Believe it or not, I am going to shoot for the stars and say incoming freshmen Pat Patterson will be another impact receiver.

Offensive line, like everything else, is going be very good this year.

Do not get me wrong—losing Michael Oher was tough but Ole Miss has four returning on the offensive line in Gerald Harris, Daverin Geralds, Reid Neely, and John Jerry. Rishaw Johnson should start at right guard, while incoming freshmen Bobbie Massie will probably start at left tackle.

It's also safe to say that Ole Miss should not miss a beat this season on defense. The Rebels bring back an experienced defensive unit on which all of the returning starters are either seniors or juniors.

Ole Miss is also stacked on special teams, with both the kicker and punter being experienced seniors. They punt returner should be—big surprise—McCluster.

So yes—the Rebels not only have one of the most experienced teams in the SEC right now, but they also have a great coach in Houston Nutt to match all their talent.