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Ole Miss 'hopeful' to receive Laremy Tunsil news this week

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 Ole Miss offensive linesman Laremy Tunsil (78) could find out about his eligibility this week.
ROGELIO V. SOLIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS Ole Miss offensive linesman Laremy Tunsil (78) could find out about his eligibility this week. AP

After being embarrassed in The Swamp a week ago, No. 13 Ole Miss did what it was supposed to do Saturday with a 52-3 homecoming victory over New Mexico State.

What we learned

The biggest bit of news Saturday didn't happen on the field. ESPN reported news could be coming shortly regarding the status of star left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Ole Miss' Twitter account later tweeted out the Rebels are "hopeful" to have more information this week regarding Tunsil's eligibility. The junior has missed Ole Miss first six games due to an ongoing NCAA investigation.

With the bulk of Ole Miss' SEC slate still ahead, a potential return of Tunsil would be an immense boost to an already thin offensive line that played against New Mexico State without upperclassmen Robert Conyers and Justin Bell. The Rebels have been forced to rely heavily on freshmen up front due to injuries and Tunsil's replacement.

Regarding Rebels who actually played Saturday, Ole Miss (5-1) saw some good things from junior linebacker Terry Caldwell, who filled in for the injured C.J. Johnson, and freshman defensive back Cam Ordway, who made his collegiate debut. Both players led the Rebels with five tackles. Caldwell also registered one of four sacks.

After being shut down at Florida, Ole Miss' offense clicked once again against overwhelmed competition.

Ole Miss' 655 yards of total offense were the second-most in school history behind the 751 against Troy in 2013.

Quarterback Chad Kelly led the effort, completing 73 percent of his passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also rushed for another score. His 384 yards were the most by a Rebel QB since Bo Wallace passed for 287 against Boise State in the 2014 opener.

Junior receiver Laquon Treadwell pulled in eight passes for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns.

What's next

The Rebels will have an interesting road test Saturday when they travel to nearby Memphis. The Tigers (5-0) are riding a 12-game winning streak and received enough votes for 27th in the latest Associated Press Top 25. Memphis' wins have come against Missouri State, Kansas, Bowling Green, Cincinnati and South Florida.

"They'll be good, they're undefeated, a good team for sure," Kelly said. "Nobody can stop us except for ourselves and we just have to make sure we keep getting better."

Ole Miss won 24-3 in 2014.

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