After winning the Cotton Bowl in back-to-back seasons, Houston Nutt and the Ole Miss Rebels took a big step backwards in the 2010 season, going 4-8. The season opened with a humiliating loss in Oxford to Jacksonville State that set the tone for the rest of the season. Some other season lowlights include: the Jeremiah Masoli controversy, a home loss to Vandy, and a second straight beat down from rival Mississippi State.
Most people have the Rebels pegged to finish last in the West and towards the bottom of the SEC this coming season, but the Rebels hope to get back to a bowl game in 2011. If they plan on doing that, they are going to need some players step up and make that happen.
Here are the players that can get the Rebels going in that direction.