Putting those figures into context, Alabama was No. 1 nationally in 2017 allowing just 97 yards per game, surrendering nine rushing touchdowns. Take Bama out of it as they aren’t always a fair comparison. Mississippi State finished 28th in rushing yards allowed last season, a strong placement, allowing 131.6 rushing yards per game. That’s more than 100 fewer yards rushing allowed per game.
As you can see, Ole Miss has a long way to go.
Ruggs will likley battle senior Detric Bing-Dukes and junior Willie Hibbler for playing time. They both opened spring practice as the starters inside. Neither turned heads this spring, nor this past fall.
Redshirt freshmen linebacker Josh Clarke had the best spring at the position and will be a player of interest come the season-opener.
The position is wide open and Ruggs will have a golden opportunity to shine and shine early.
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