Expectations are on the rise in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss was the SEC cellar dweller in 2010 and 2011. The Rebels had a combined six wins.
Last year, Hugh Freeze guided his team to seven wins in his first season.
Then came signing day. Freeze inked the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the country, including the number one overall player in Robert Nkemdiche.
"Now we're just ready to get them to campus," Freeze said. "We need the help, depth-wise. We're not an SEC team when you look at the depth chart. It's going to take us a couple years to fix that, but it's a step in the right direction."
The hype brought a crowd for the spring game, a record 28,000 showed up for the Grove Bowl.
However, injuries ravaged the offensive side of the ball. Including, starting quarterback Bo Wallace - who is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
"I don't feel like we got much accomplished offensively," Freeze said. "My perception can not sometimes be reality. I'll be the first to admit that. I'm certain we did improve in certain spots. Defensively I thought we came a long ways. Offensively, we had 12 kids out by the last two weeks of spring."
Wallace threw for 22 touchdowns last season, and ran for eight more. But his nation-leading 17 interceptions need to be drastically cut down.
"It depends how well he handles the turnovers. He just had way too many last year for us to win those close games.
"Those three games that could have gone our way, against LSU, Vandy and A&M, Bo turned the ball over in bad situations that put us behind. He knows that, as well as i do. We're going to work hard to help him to cut down on those."
Ole Miss opens the season at Vanderbilt on August 29.
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