October 12, 2006
Tide defense ready for physical Rebels
The Tide defense knows it will face one of its toughest challenges this season in the Ole Miss offense, an attack that while inconsistent has proven it can be very dangerous and very physical.
"Ole Miss has the biggest and best offensive line we've played," said defensive coordinator Joe Kines. "They're 345 or 350 across the front and they're excellent pullers. They are really doing a good job with their scheme."
Kines knows that despite the win/loss record, Ole Miss has plenty of offensive weapons to give an ill-prepared defense a run for its money.
"The two wide outs give them great speed, the running back is running good and the quarterback is playing really well. Defensively, you've got to really zip your britches to stop the run. You can't be light this week, it'll be a situation where somebody has to beat a double team, get off a block or make a play somehow."
"They've got some big guys up front that are young but very physical," said defensive end Wallace Gilberry. "They have two outstanding running backs and very athletic quarterback so it's all going to be about zone and power. Who can run the ball and who can stop it?"
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