High expectations entering the 2016 season materialized into a 5-7 season and no bowl invite for Ole Miss. There will be no postseason appearance this fall either, as the school has imposed a one-year bowl ban in the midst of an ongoing NCAA investigation. Additionally, coach Hugh Freeze resigned in July due to personal misconduct. With Freeze out of the picture, Matt Luke will guide the Rebels as an interim coach for 2017. The focus on the field will center on sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson and the offense’s potential.
Previewing Ole Miss Football’s Offense for 2017
Shea Patterson, the No. 1 quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, lost his redshirt and became the starter after Chad Kelly tore an ACL with three games remaining. He led the Rebels to a win at Texas A&M in his debut before lopsided losses at Vanderbilt and at home to Mississippi State. Patterson’s completion percentage was only 54.8 due in part to an inordinate amount of dropped passes.