Lane Kiffin’s first season as head coach at Ole Miss was good, but not exactly a resounding success. Despite finishing 5-5, with more SEC wins than the Rebels’ three previous seasons, there were obvious holes that need to be addressed.
Speaking to reporters this week, Kiffin addressed one of his more maligned units – the defense. As usual, Kiffin was blunt in his assessment of the team. He (seemingly) joked that one thing he’d like to see this coming year is opponents punting the ball.
“We look forward to hopefully making someone punt this year,” Kiffin said at the Neshoba County Fair, drawing plenty of laughs from the crowd. “That’ll be very exciting.”
Getting opposing teams off the field without points was definitely a problem in multiple games for Ole Miss. Teams like Alabama and Florida only punted once in their losses against them.
— Blake Levine (@blake_levine) July 29, 2021
Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss offense was nearly unstoppable, averaging over 39 points per game and ranking 14th in points scored. But the defense was among the worst in FBS, allowing 38.3 points per game – 118th out of 128 teams.
Needless to say, that defense will need to make a massive leap forward in 2021 to improve in the SEC.
Ole Miss is paying a pretty penny for Lane Kiffin to do his thing and so far the hype alone has been worth it. But sooner or later the hype has to translate to wins.
Will Ole Miss see improvement in 2021?