Auburn will have a tough test when they head to undefeated No. 9 Ole Miss on Saturday. However, the Tigers are hoping their sophomore running back will provide a boost in his homecoming.

Mississippi native Jarquez Hunter could be just the spark Auburn needs to stun the Rebels. Auburn coach Bryan Harsin was effusive in his praise about not only Hunter’s skills, but also his intangibles and desire.

Hunter has tallied 159 yards and four scores on the ground this season. The 5-foot-10, 202-pound ball carrier scored 3 touchdowns in a 42-16 win against Mercer on Sept. 3. Hunter has also caught 8 passes for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign.

Hunter earned SEC all-freshman team honors last season. Hunter’s 597 rushing yards was 9th all-time for an Auburn freshman. Hunter additionally set an Auburn record with a 94-yard touchdown run vs. Alabama State.

Auburn is coming off a 42-10 loss at No. 2 Georgia for its second straight defeat. Auburn’s last win came in overtime vs. Missouri on Sept. 24.

Auburn leads the all-time series 35-10 vs. Ole Miss. The Tigers have captured 6 consecutive wins in the series. Auburn-Ole Miss is slated for a noon ET kickoff and will be televised on ESPN.