2018 Ole Miss Rebels football team

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2018 Ole Miss Rebels football
Ole Miss Rebels logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2018 record5–7 (1–7 SEC)
Head coachMatt Luke (2nd as HC; 7th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorPhil Longo (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorWesley McGriff (2nd; 3rd overall season)
Co-defensive coordinatorJason Jones (6th season)
Home stadiumVaught–Hemingway Stadium (Capacity: 64,038)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7т Georgia x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Kentucky   5 3         10 3  
No. 7т Florida   5 3         10 3  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 16 Texas A&M   5 3         9 4  
No. 6 LSU   5 3         10 3  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Ole Miss   1 7         5 7  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


The 2018 Ole Miss Rebels football team represented the University of Mississippi in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Rebels played their home games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by second-year head coach Matt Luke. They finished the season 5–7, 1–7 in SEC play to finish in sixth place in the Western Division.

On December 1, 2017, the University of Mississippi was dealt multiple sanctions by the NCAA, including a 2-year post-season ban.[1] As Ole Miss already self-imposed a post-season ban during the 2017 season, 2018 will be the last season without post-season play due to the sanctions. On February 5, 2018, the university submitted a written appeal to the NCAA regarding the penalties, stating: “This Committee should vacate and reverse the penalties and factual findings, because the COI (Committee of Infractions) abused its discretion, departed from precedent, committed procedural errors, and reached factual conclusions inconsistent with the evidence.”[2]

Previous season[edit]

The Rebels finished the 2017 season 6–6, 3–5 in SEC play to finish in sixth place in the Western Division. They did not participate in a bowl game while serving a one year self imposed bowl ban.

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Rimington Trophy[3] Sean Rawlings C SR
Maxwell Award[4] A. J. Brown WR JR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[5] A. J. Brown WR JR
John Mackey Award[6] Dawson Knox TE JR
Outland Trophy[7] Greg Little OL JR
Wuerffel Trophy[8] Javon Patterson OL SR
Walter Camp Award[9] A. J. Brown WR JR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[10] Jordan Ta'amu QB SR
Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Jordan Ta'amu QB SR
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[11] Greg Little OL JR

SEC media poll[edit]

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018 with the Rebels predicted to finish in sixth place.[12]

Media poll (West)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Alabama 1,971 (263)
2 Auburn 1,664 (19)
3 Mississippi State 1,239 (2)
4 Texas A&M 1,091
5 LSU 1,025
6 Ole Miss 578
7 Arkansas 412

Preseason All-SEC teams[edit]

The Rebels had three players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

Recruiting[edit]

The Rebels’ 2018 recruiting class was ranked 32nd in the nation and 10th in the SEC by 247Sports.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Matt Corral
QB
Long Beach, CA Long Beach Poly 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Dec 14, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Elijah Moore
WR
Fort Lauderdale, FL St. Thomas Aquinas 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Dec 20, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Miles Battle
WR
Houston, TX Cy Creek 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Feb 5, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Jalen Cunningham
DT
Odenville, AL St. Clair County 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 345 lb (156 kg) Dec 20, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Kevontae' Ruggs
OLB
Montgomery, AL Robert E. Lee 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jan 28, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Demarcus Gregory
WR
Duncan, SC Byrnes 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 204 lb (93 kg) May 28, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Scottie Phillips
RB
Ellisville, MS Jones County J.C. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jul 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Vernon Dasher
OLB
Baxley, GA Coffeyville C.C. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Dec 20, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jacquez Jones
OLB
Tuscaloosa, AL Hillcrest 6 ft .5 in (1.84 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sep 8, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Hal Northern
DT
Senatobia, MS Northwest Mississippi C.C. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 293 lb (133 kg) Oct 5, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Ka'Darian Hill
DT
Eufaula, AL Eufaula 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Jun 5, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Cameron White
S
Madison, MS Madison Central 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Dec 8, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Hamilton Hall
OT
Atlanta, GA Chamblee Charter 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 315 lb (143 kg) Jan 29, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
JaKorey Hawkins
CB
Montgomery, AL Robert E. Lee 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Oct 25, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Tariqious Tisdale
DE
Lexington, TN Northwest Mississippi C.C. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 280 lb (130 kg) Feb 8, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Quentin Bivens
DT
Waynesboro, MS Wayne County 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Apr 29, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Keidron Smith
CB
West Palm Beach, FL Oxbridge Academy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Nov 26, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jonathan Hess
OLB
Birmingham, AL Vestavia Hills 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Jun 21, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Luke Knox
OLB
Brentwood, TN Brentwood Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Feb 6, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Tylan Knight
CB
Pearl, MS Pearl 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 173 lb (78 kg) Feb 7, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Schedule[edit]

Ole Miss announced its 2018 football schedule on September 19, 2017. The 2018 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Rebels will host SEC foes Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, and Mississippi State, and will travel to LSU, Arkansas (game played in Little Rock), Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.[13]

The Rebels will be hosting three of their four non-conference opponents, hosting Southern Illinois (FCS), Kent State from the Mid-American Conference, Louisiana–Monroe from the Sun Belt Conference, and will then travel to Houston for their neutral site season opener against Texas Tech from the Big 12 Conference, which is the 2018 edition of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 111:00 a.m.vs. Texas Tech*ESPNW 47–2740,333
September 83:00 p.m.Southern Illinois*SECNW 76–4153,339
September 156:00 p.m.No. 1 Alabama
  • Vaught–Hemingway Stadium
  • Oxford, MS (rivalry)
ESPNL 7–6262,919
September 2211:00 a.m.Kent State*
  • Vaught–Hemingway Stadium
  • Oxford, MS
SECNW 38–1750,417
September 298:00 p.m.at No. 5 LSUESPNL 16–45100,224
October 63:00 p.m.Louisiana–Monroe*dagger
  • Vaught–Hemingway Stadium
  • Oxford, MS
SECNW 70–2152,875
October 136:30 p.m.at ArkansasSECNW 37–3351,438
October 2011:00 a.m.Auburn
  • Vaught–Hemingway Stadium
  • Oxford, MS
ESPNL 16–3156,885
November 311:00 a.m.South Carolina
  • Vaught–Hemingway Stadium
  • Oxford, MS
SECNL 44–4856,798
November 1011:00 a.m.at Texas A&MCBSL 24–38102,618
November 176:30 p.m.at VanderbiltSECNL 29–36 OT24,866
November 226:30 p.m.No. 22 Mississippi State
  • Vaught–Hemingway Stadium
  • Oxford, MS (Egg Bowl)
ESPNL 3–3556,561
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[14]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at Ole Miss Alma mater (Year)
Matt Luke Head Coach 2nd Ole Miss (2000)
Wesley McGriff Associate Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 2nd Savannah State (1990)
Phil Longo Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2nd Rowan University (1992)
Jason Jones Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties 6th Alabama (2001)
Jack Bicknell Jr. Offensive Line 2nd Boston College (1985)
Maurice Harris Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 7th Arkansas State (1998)
Jacob Peeler Wide Receivers 2nd Louisiana Tech (2007)
Derrick Nix Running Backs 11th Southern Miss (2002)
Jon Sumrall Linebackers 1st Kentucky (2004)
Freddie Roach Defensive Line 2nd Alabama (2008)
Charles Clark Cornerbacks 1st Ole Miss (2007)

Game summaries[edit]

vs Texas Tech[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 Jan. 2, 2009 W, 47-34
Game One – Ole Miss Rebels (0–0) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (0–0)
1 2 34Total
Rebels 24 6 71047
Red Raiders 7 10 10027

at NRG StadiumHouston, TX

  • Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance: 40,333
  • Referee: Jerry Magallanes
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
  • Pregame line: Ole Miss -2
Game information

Southern Illinois[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 Sep. 10, 2011 W, 42–24
Game Two – Southern Illinois Salukis (1-0) at Ole Miss Rebels (1-0)
1 2 34Total
Salukis 21 17 3041
Rebels 14 21 142776

at Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS

  • Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Sunny • Temperature: 88 °F (31 °C)
  • Game attendance: 53,339
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Mike Morgan, John Congemi
  • Pregame line: Ole Miss -28
Game information

#1 Alabama[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
11-49-2 Sep. 30, 2017 L, 3-66
Game Three – #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2–0) at Ole Miss Rebels (2–0)
1 2 34Total
#1 Crimson Tide 28 21 10362
Rebels 7 0 007

at Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS

  • Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Clear • Temperature: 92 °F (33 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,919
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
  • Pregame line: Alabama –23
Game information

Kent State[edit]

Overall record
First Meeting
Game Four – Kent State Golden Flashes (1–2) at Ole Miss Rebels (2–1)
1 2 34Total
Golden Flashes 0 7 10017
Rebels 7 0 171438

at Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS

  • Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Scattered Showers • Temperature: 80 °F (27 °C)
  • Game attendance: 50,417
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Dave Neal, DJ Shockley
  • Pregame line: Ole Miss –28.5
Game information

at #5 LSU[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
41-61-4 Oct. 21, 2017 L, 24-40
Game Five – Ole Miss Rebels (3–1) at #5 LSU Tigers (4–0)
1 2 34Total
Rebels 3 3 7316
#5 Tigers 14 14 71045

at Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA

  • Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Scattered Showers • Temperature: 77 °F (25 °C)
  • Game attendance: 100,224
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Steve Levy, Brian Griese
  • Pregame line: LSU -11.5
Game information

Louisiana-Monroe[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-0 Nov. 15, 2008 W, 59-0
Game Six – Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-3) at Ole Miss Rebels (3-2)
1 2 34Total
Warhawks 0 7 7721
Rebels 21 28 14770

at Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS

  • Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Sunny • Temperature: 87 °F (31 °C)
  • Game attendance: 52,875
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Dave Neal, DJ Shockley
  • Pregame line: Ole Miss -22
Game information

at Arkansas[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
28-36-1 Oct. 28, 2017 L, 37-38
Game Seven – Ole Miss Rebels (4–2) at Arkansas Razorbacks (1-5)
1 2 34Total
Rebels 3 14 71337
Razorbacks 17 10 6033

at War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR

  • Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Rain • Temperature: 55 °F (13 °C)
  • Game attendance: 51,438
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
  • Pregame line: Ole Miss -6.5
Game information

Auburn[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
11-31 Oct. 7, 2017 L, 23-44
Game Eight – Auburn Tigers (4-3) at Ole Miss Rebels (5-2)
1 2 34Total
Tigers 7 3 21031
Rebels 3 3 3716

at Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS

  • Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy • Temperature: 59 °F (15 °C)
  • Game attendance: 56,885
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore
  • Pregame line: Auburn -4.5
Game information

South Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
8-7 Sep. 24, 2009 L, 10-16
Game Nine – South Carolina Gamecocks (4-3) at Ole Miss Rebels (5-3)
1 2 34Total
Gamecocks 17 10 71448
Rebels 3 24 10744

at Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS

  • Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Sunny • Temperature: 66 °F (19 °C)
  • Game attendance: 56,798
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
  • Pregame line: Ole Miss -2
Game information

at Texas A&M[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-7 Nov. 18, 2017 L, 24-31
Game Ten – Ole Miss Rebels (5–4) at Texas A&M Aggies (5-4)
1 2 34Total
Rebels 0 14 7324
Aggies 7 7 71738

at Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX

  • Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy • Temperature: 49 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 102,618
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, Rick Neuheisel
  • Pregame line: Texas A&M -13.5
Game information

at Vanderbilt[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
51-39-2 Oct. 14, 2017 W, 57-35
Game Eleven – Ole Miss Rebels (5–5) at Vanderbilt Commodores (4-6)
1 2 34OTTotal
Rebels 3 10 610029
Commodores 0 12 143736

at Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN

  • Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Clear • Temperature: 57 °F (14 °C)
  • Game attendance: 24,866
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
  • Pregame line: Vanderbilt -3
Game information

#18 Mississippi State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
64-44-6 Nov. 23, 2017 W, 31-28
#18 Mississippi State Bulldogs (7–4) at Ole Miss Rebels (5–6)
1 2 34Total
#18 Bulldogs 7 14 7735
Rebels 0 3 003

at Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi

  • Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Clear • 46 °F (8 °C) • Wind —
  • Game attendance: 56,561
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Flemming and Greg McElroy
  • Pregame line: Mississippi State -12.5
Game information

Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 37 Greg Little OT Carolina Panthers
2 51 A.J. Brown WR Tennessee Titans
2 64 D.K. Metcalf WR Seattle Seahawks
3 96 Dawson Knox TE Buffalo Bills
7 246 Javon Patterson C Indianapolis Colts
7 252 Ken Webster CB New England Patriots

See also[edit]

2018 Ole Miss Rebels baseball team
2017-18 Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball team
2017-18 Ole Miss Rebels women's basketball team

References[edit]

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  12. ^ http://www.secsports.com/article/24148392/media-predicts-alabama-win-2018-sec-championship
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