Things to Know About Ole Miss

Sept. 12, 2007

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Vanderbilt will look to pick up its first SEC victory in 2007 when the Commodores host Ole Miss Saturday at 6 p.m. CT in Nashville, Tenn. To order tickets to the game, call 615.322.GOLD (option 1).

Get to Know Ole Miss:

Head Coach Ed Orgeron:
Orgeron has been at the helm of the Ole Miss football program for three seasons and has compiled a career record of 8-17. Before landing his first head coaching gig with the Rebels, Orgeron was an assistant head coach/defensive line coach at USC from 1998 to 2004. In addition, he coached defensive linemen at Arkansas, Miami, Nicholls State, and Syracuse.

TB #6 BenJarvus Green-Ellis
(5'11 225 lbs Sr.):

Last week vs. Missouri, Green-Ellis was the Rebels' work horse, rushing 33 times for a career-high 226 yards and one touchdown. Last season vs. Vanderbilt, he had 24 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

QB #19 Seth Adams (6'4 225 lbs. Sr.):
Through two games this season, Adams has thrown for 506 yards and four touchdowns with only one interception. Last week vs. Missouri, he was 23-41 for 305 yards and three touchdowns vs. only one interception. Adams' 300-yard pass outing was the first for a Rebel quarterback since 2004.

DE/WR #86 Greg Hardy (6'5" 255 lbs. So.):
A two-way player for the Rebels, Hardy caught a touchdown and recorded 9 tackles last week vs. Missouri. Hardy leads the team in tackles-for-loss with four and is tied for second on the team in total tackles with 20. In 2006, Hardy was a First Team Freshman All-American DE and recorded 10 tackles against the Commodores.

LT #74 Michael Oher (6'5" 325 lbs. Jr.):
Oher is on the 2007 preseason watch lists for both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy. The Lombardi Award is given annually to the country's top lineman, and the Outland Trophy recognizes the best interior lineman.

Talking Points:

Saturday will mark the 82nd meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The Rebels defeated the Commodores 17-10 last season.

The Rebels run a balanced offense, averaging 253 yards per game rushing and 253 yards per game passing.

Ole Miss' 534 total yards vs. Missouri were the most by the Rebels offense since 2004 when they blitzed Wyoming for 567 total yards.

Adams ranks third in the SEC in passing yards per game (253) and total offense per game (249.5).

Ole Miss (33.0) averages the fewest penalty yards per game of any SEC team.

In the 2007 season opening victory over Memphis, Ole Miss intercepted four passes in a game for the first time since 2004 vs. Wyoming. Ole Miss had only three interceptions throughout all of the 2006 season.

Ole Miss LB Ashlee Palmer and Vanderbilt CB D.J. Moore are the co-SEC leaders in tackles with 24 apiece.



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