Coach Houston Nutt’s ‘Wild Rebel’ may cause Auburn problems

AUBURN The hallmark of Houston Nutt’s 10-year stint at Arkansas was a pounding rushing game, with a few unusual offensive twists.
When Nutt left for Ole Miss after last season, he brought along his commitment to the ground attack, and kept the twists.
The “Wild Hog” has become the “Wild Rebel,” but the concept is the same: A running back lines up at quarterback, takes the snap and, ideally, havoc ensues.

“It’s something that you have to thoroughly prepare for,” said Auburn defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads.

Ole Miss (4-4, 2-3) hosts Auburn (4-4, 2-3) Saturday in Oxford in a game that features double-dipping SEC West coaches on both sidelines. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville spent five years at Ole Miss before coming to Auburn in 1999. Nutt traveled to his old stomping grounds in Fayetteville last week, coaching the Rebels to a 23-21 victory.