Lane Kiffin Continues His Success At Ole Miss

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Lane Kiffin Continues His Success At Ole Miss

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Lane Kiffin Continues His Success At Ole Miss

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Lane Kiffin will be entering his third season as the head coach at Ole Miss and coming off the best season at the program since 2015, expectations are high. Going into the offseason, the first thing that the program needed to do was find a replacement for quarterback Matt Corral and they may just have found it. Former USC quarterback Jaxson Dart had committed to transferring to Ole Miss and will compete right away for the starting job. Dart started three games for the Trojans as a true freshman and will have three years of eligibility remaining. His season was cut short due to injury but in his time, Dart threw for 1,353 yards passing for nine touchdowns and completing 61.9 percent of his passes.

His best game as a college quarterback came against Washington State where Dart threw four touchdowns and 391 in his first real game. Dart was ranked as the number three overall transfer player in the rankings, only trailing other quarterbacks Caleb Williams and Quinn Ewers. Dart will be a major addition for the Ole Miss program and brings along fellow former USC player in tight end Michael Trigg. Trigg caught seven passes for 109 yards and one score as a true freshman at USC.

Kiffin has been known as a quarterback guru or whisperer who has the ability to help players turn into prolific passers and he will look to do the same with Dart. It has been reported that part of the decision for Dart to head to Oxford was due to the offense that Kiffin runs and his success in the past with previous quarterbacks of similar arm talent. Just recently, Kiffin helped Corral turn into one of the best quarterbacks in the county. Corral completed just 59 percent of his passes as a junior but under Kiffin, his average jumped up to 69.2 percent and he threw for 6,686 yards and 49 touchdowns on his way to becoming a top player.

In addition to Dart and Trigg, Ole Miss has also added running back Zach Evans from TCU, defensive tackle J.J Pegues from Auburn, and safety Ladarius Tennison also from Auburn. Ole Miss has been taking advantage of the transfer portal and it has worked in their favor. The additions to the team will help the team compete in the loaded Southeastern Conference next season. Kiffin came to Oxford to win consistently, and he is proving that he is serious about that. If Kiffin can keep up the transfers, then we all will need to debate about whether he is better at recruitment or on social media, where he has dubbed himself the Portal King.

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