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Previewing Mississippi’s impactful players to face Alabama

Matt Corral (#2) runs the ball for Ole Miss in 2020 game versus Kentucky
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After its win over Southern Mississippi, Alabama football returns to its Southeastern Conference schedule.

The Crimson Tide hosts Lane Kiffin and Mississippi on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama’s defense surrendered 48 points to the Rebels in 2020, but it has an opportunity to redeem itself. All week, defensive players for the Tide have spoken about returning to the “Bama standard.” Defensive coordinator Pete Golding and his group have to live up to the moniker this week.

RELATED: Nick Saban updates Tide DL LaBryan Ray ahead of Ole Miss game: “We’re pleased with his progress.”

Offensively, Ole Miss has one of college football’s most explosive units. The Rebels are averaging 52.7 points per game and have a Heisman Trophy frontrunner at quarterback.

Mississippi also has two good running backs and playmakers at wide receiver. Defensively, the group looks improved. Ole Miss has developed pass rushers, as it has nine sacks, 22 tackles for loss, and 11 quarterback hurries.

D.J. Durkin, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, has brought an attacking style on defense.

CBS will have the call at 2:30 p.m., but below are the impactful players for the Rebels.

Matt Corral, Quarterback

Matt Corral, like Bryce Young, hails from California.

He is one of the best quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference and college football.

As a sophomore, he turned in a stellar performance against Alabama’s defense in 2020.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

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