Mississippi running back Jerrion Ealy had flashes of brilliance in preseason practice and in limited appearances in his first two games. The true freshman had that much-anticipated breakout performance Saturday in a 40-29 win over Southeastern Louisiana.
Ealy turned in 273 all-purpose yards, including a 94-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 30-yard scoring run, as the Rebels (2-1) beat back a challenge from the FCS Lions (1-1), who had two drives finish inside Ole Miss territory in the final period.
"Man, I'm so proud of Jerrion. Really proud," Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. "He was the difference in the game with that kickoff return and run. That got us in front and we scrapped and clawed to get the win."