Overachieving Rebels making run for a bowl

Not many people expected Ole Miss to be sitting here with a winning record at this point and in position to qualify for a bowl game.

Even first-year coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged Wednesday that he’s been pleasantly surprised at what the Rebels have been able to accomplish this season, especially playing so many younger players.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with where we are at this point,” Freeze said. “Obviously, we let one get away from us against A&M. But as far as the attitude and effort of the kids, I consider it to be an overachievement this year. I’m really pleased.”

Freeze is anxious to see how Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2 SEC) responds from the bye week and plays this Saturday against Arkansas in Little Rock. The Rebels, who snapped a 16-game SEC losing streak two weeks ago with a win over Auburn, need to find two more wins in their next five games to become bowl eligible.

“I’m not quite sure how we’ll handle this off week and going into another game,” Freeze said. “Hopefully, the leadership on our team will get us ready for this Saturday.”