Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Daniels: A Preview of the UT-Martin Game on September 5

Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications
Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications

All roads leading to Oxford have been cleaned up and mowed.

Throughout the week, sounds from The Pride of the South marching band could be heard practicing from the Vaught. The quarterback question has been answered. It is that time of year — Ole Miss football in Oxford, Mississippi.

The Grove will be full on Saturday as the Rebels will take on the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks at 11 a.m. Huge Freeze has already said that it will be Chad Kelly taking the first snaps against UT-Martin, but he is not the official starter. We will most likely see all three quarterbacks on Saturday against the FCS opponent.

The Rebels’ receiving corps will be dangerous this year and we should see most all of them against the Skyhawks. This is will be a very emotional game for Laquon Treadwell, as this is his first game back from his brutal ankle injury last season.

Treadwell, Quincy Adeboyejo, Damore’ea Stringfellow, Cody Core, Markell Pack, Quintavius Burnette and Derrick Jones are all names that we should hear getting involved in the receiving department against the Skyhawks.

The Rebels defense is touted to be even better this season, but I do not think the defensive starters will have to work all that much in order to get the “W.”

Calling the signals for the Skyhawks will be Jarod Neal, who led UT-Martin to a 6-6 season last year. Neal had a completion percentage of 63.5 last season, which was second in the Ohio Valley Conference. This UT-Martin team went up against two SEC teams last season, Kentucky and Mississippi State, losing both. The Skyhawks averaged just above 29 points per game to go along with 427 yards per contest last year.

While the Skyhawks put up some fairly good numbers last year, the swarming “Landshark Defense” should keep those numbers down. This should be a good game to work out a few kinks in the offense and we should get a feel of how the quarterback play will come together.

Although this is not an SEC opponent, the excitement of the first home game should bring plenty of fans to lock the Vaught and have the whole game day experience.

My Pick: Ole Miss over Tennessee-Martin 52-3

Grant DanielsGrant Daniels, a student at Oxford High School, is sports correspondent for Email him at

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