Auburn Football: Scouting the Ole Miss Offense

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February 6, 2013; Lake City, FL, USA; Laremy Tunsil after announcing that he will be attending the University of Mississippi on National Signing Day at Columbia High School. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line

Part of the reason Ole Miss has struggled running the football is the inconsistent play of the offensive line. The Rebels have averaged 3.9 yards per carry this season, which is a far cry from the 4.7 yards they averaged in 2013. Also, the Rebels’ quarterbacks have been sacked 19 times this season through the first eight games of the year (2.375 per game) which is a slightly higher average that last season’s 2.08 per game (27 total).

Sophomore left tackle Laremy Tunsil is one of the most talented offensive linemen in the nation. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Florida native is a likely future first rounder, but he is struggling through a biceps injury. Tunsil has practiced this week and is expected to play Saturday, however.

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“(Tunsil) says he’s going to go no matter what,” Treadwell said Monday.

A starter that may not play against the Auburn football team is center Ben Still. The junior started the first seven games of the season, but was unable to play last week against LSU because of an MCL sprain and was replaced by Robert Conyers. Still had not practiced as of Tuesday, but could possibly return to action against Auburn.

Conyers, a sophomore, is the only player to start for the Rebels this year outside of Tunsil, Still, left guard Aaron Morris, right guard Justin Bell and right tackle Fahn Cooper. The consistency of the starting lineup was a great benefit through the first seven games of the season, even if the unit hasn’t always excelled opening running lanes or protecting the quarterback.

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