BRYAN -- For the last four years Ole Miss was been led by Houston Nutt. During that time the Rebels racked up a record of 24 and 26.
The last two years Ole Miss has finished 4 and 8 and 2 and 10.
In 2011 the Rebels went 0 and 8 in Southeastern Conference play.
Nutt was gone after the season and replaced by Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze. Rebel defensive back Charles Sawyer says the moves has created a lot of excitement. "Everybody is excited that he is here. The players are excited, Oxford is excited, so it is a good feeling."
Freeze is a Mississippi native and was on the Ole Miss staff from 2005-2007 so he knows just how important it is to beat in state rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. "It is a priority and that will never change. I was raised in the state of Mississippi, I have a family that is split and divided over that game as many families are in that state. I understand the importance of it to so many people and the pride that comes with it and the recruiting issues that come from winning or losing that game so I won't run from that at all, it is a priority."
One player Freeze will have a chance to to use in his offense is wide receiver Philander Moore who played at Blinn College before transferring to Ole Miss. Moore caught five passes last season and played in ten games. Fellow wide receiver Donte Moncrief seems to like what he has seen from Moore. "He is starting to come out and show more speed, great hands. He likes to talk a lot of noise so that is a good thing.
Ole Miss will face Texas A&M October 6 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The Aggies have won all four meeting in the series with the Rebels.