BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - You can bet a statement by Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe will be posted on each and every locker in the Alabama field house.
Powe said, "South Carolina exposed Alabama's offense as a one-dimensional team. The Gamecocks forced the Crimson Tide away from relying on tailbacks Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and really couldn't get anything going after that."
Bama had to take to the airways after South Carolina took an early lead in Saturday's game. Ingram carried the ball 11 times for 41 yards. Richardson saw limited duty and generated 23 yards on six carries.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban the priority was for his team to catch up and not make sure his tailbacks got their carries. His biggest concern heading into the Ole Miss game is the status of wide receiver Julio Jones.
Saban reported that Jones practiced and caught passes during Wednesday's practice. Jones broke his left hand in Saturday's loss to South Carolina and underwent surgery on Sunday. A plate and screws were inserted.
Saban says Jones will play depending on pain tolerance, but he'll be evaluated before giving Jones a thumbs up for the Ole Miss game.
Former Biloxi Indian, right tackle D.J. Fluker won't be in the Bama lineup. He will miss the game with a pulled groin.
Ole Miss brings the SEC's top scoring offense, one that will take aim on the SEC's top scoring defense.
Alabama has been tabbed a 20 point favorite over the Rebels.