Lane Kiffin discusses Texas A&M's talent on defense, Matt Corral's practice availability
Ole Miss has a huge home game on tap Saturday night against red-hot Texas A&M.
The Aggies have won their last 4 games thanks to an improving offense and what has been one of the nation’s best defenses.
How good has A&M been defensively this season?
Jimbo Fisher’s team ranks 2nd to Georgia nationally in scoring defense (14.7 points per game) and 16th in total defense (318 yards pr game).
On Wednesday, Rebels coach Lane Kiffin said his team knows this will be one of the best defenses that they will have seen this year.
“They play really good defense almost every game,” said Kiffin on Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference. “They’ve been recruiting at a really high level for a number of years, and you see it when you look out there.”
To combat that strong Aggies defense, Ole Miss will turn to Heisman candidate Matt Corral, who’s had an outstanding season despite a number of nagging injuries.
An ankle injury has hampered Corral most recently, but he’s continued to play despite often being unable to practice.
“He didn’t practice last week,” Kiffin said. We’ve kind of gotten used to this. … Practice is important, no matter who you are. … It’s not ideal, obviously.”
For the season, Corral has completed 182-of-272 passes for 2,527 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, while also adding 528 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.
The Rebels’ showdown with Texas A&M is set for 7 p.m. EST on Saturday night and will be televised by ESPN.