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Ole Miss Offense Makes Statement

By BJ Bennett
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Jordan Ta'amu, Scottie Phillips and A.J. Brown have the makings of one of college football's best big threes.

After averaging over 462 yards per game last season, there was an anticipation that the Ole Miss offense would continue to be dynamic. In a 47-27 win over Texas Tech, the Rebels looked ever better than expected. Validation came right away. Ole Miss compiled 546 total yards, erupting for 24 points in the first quarter. The Rebels averaged over ten yards per pass and more than seven yards per rush. 

Both the balance and explosiveness shown by Ole Miss was noteworthy. The Rebels likely would have had even more offensive production if not for a Jaylon Jones kickoff return for six. Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu was 22-of-32 for 336 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Scottie Phillips, making a record-setting first career start, rushed 16 times for 204 yards and two more scores. All-American receiver A.J. Brown caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. 

Saturday marked the Rebels' first performance with a 300-yard passer and 200-yard rusher this millennium.

Ta'amu wasted no time. His second pass of the day, and of the season, was a 58-yard strike to D.K. Metcalf for a touchdown. The score included, Ta'amu opened the contest 5-for-5. Over his last six games, Ta'amu has thrown for 1,940 yards, an average of 323 yards per game. He has 13 touchdown passes over his past five outings.

A JUCO transfer, Phillips is now a national name. Just the eighth running back to top the 200-yard mark for Ole Miss, he set a new program mark for rushing yards in a debut. Touchdowns run of 39 and 65 yards were Phillips' formal introduction. 

For Brown, arguably the top perimeter playmaker in the country, it was much more of the same. He has at least one touchdown catch in five straight games. In that span, Brown has 41 total receptions.

At quarterback, running back and wide receiver, respectively, Ta'amu, Phillips and Brown have the makings of one of college football's best big threes. 

Ole Miss hosts top-ranked Alabama in two weeks. One of the nation's top offensive attacks will be waiting.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports