A look around the SEC: 2022 Ole Miss Football preview

Fresh off a Sugar Bowl run, the 2022 Ole Miss Rebels under Head Coach Lane Kiffin are ready for another wild season down in Oxford, Mississippi. Heading into the 2022 campaign, Ole Miss has two pathways the program could go down.

The first option, despite losing a lot on the depth chart, Ole Miss could pick up where they left off last season and earn another trip to a New Year Six Bowl Game.

Coach Lane Kiffin ( Ole Miss Football)

The second option is the most likely. Ole Miss takes a step back from last season and uses the 2022 season as a rebuilding season.

Ole Miss lost well over half of their starters from last season on both sides of the ball. In particular, on the offensive side of the ball, the Rebels lost their leader and starting quarterback in Matt Corral.

Through his time at Ole Miss, Matt Corral had turned himself into a living legend; the thought of replacing him in the Rebel Nation was scary.

Jaxson Dart ( Ole Miss Football)

However, in typical Lane Kiffin fashion, the Rebels hit the transfer portal and took a highly sought-after quarterback from USC. Jaxson Dart is the man Lane Kiffin brought to Oxford, Mississippi, to replace Matt Corral as the next big thing for Ole Miss Football. Yet, according to a couple of reports, the starting quarterback role at Ole Miss could be up for grabs as Sophmore Luke Altmyer returns to Ole Miss for a second season. Altmyer played in last season’s Sugar Bowl loss after Matt Corral went down with a game-ending injury.

Luke Altmyer ( Ole Miss Football)

If Ole Miss were to have another successful season on the offensive side of the ball, it comes down to the leadership on and off the field of Jonathan Mingo. Mingo returns for the 2022 season as a senior who lit up the stat sheet last season. Mingo will likely be the difference-maker for the Rebels this season.

Jonathan Mingo ( SI.com)

On the defensive side of the ball, Ole Miss returns five starters from last season. Out of those five starters, Lane Kiffin and his Ole Miss team will turn to Cedric Johnson, A.J. Finley, and K.D. Hill to lead the Landshark unit into the 2022 season.

AJ Finley ( Ole Miss Football)

Overall, Ole Miss will be just fine. The Rebels are bigger, stronger, and faster than ever before. Ole Miss has playmakers all across the field; all that is left for Lane Kiffin and his program in 2022 is to see how the talent meshes together as one unit. Ole Miss will likely start the season 5-1 or 6-0, but the true test for the Rebels this season will come in the back half of the season when they’ll face the likeness of Alabama, at LSU, at Texas A&M, at Arkansas, and the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.

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