Scottie Phillips takes the lead at running back

Ole Miss needs a running back to step up, and junior college transfer Scottie Phillips looks like he could be that guy in the early going.

Running back is the missing piece on an Ole Miss offense otherwise loaded with experience. A running game is crucial for keeping opposing defenses off balance. Without a true rushing threat, defenses will load up on the pass rush and that creates problems for offensive lines and quarterbacks that are difficult to overcome. That’s why finding a running back is so crucial.

If Phillips or another running back can get the Rebels reliable yardage Phil Longo’s offense could light up the scoreboard this fall.