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Derrick Nix rejoins Rebels football staff

Ole Miss’ running backs coach for the past four years, Derrick Nix, will return in that post under new head coach Hugh Freeze. The move was made official on Monday.

“Derrick’s abilities as a coach and recruiter are tremendous, and his obvious familiarity with our players is a huge plus for the staff,” Freeze said. “Derrick is very well respected around the state. He and I share the same core values, and I’m excited to work with him.”

In his time in Oxford, Nix has tutored two of the most productive backs in school history, while the Rebels have ranked top-three in the SEC in rushing twice.

The Nix backfield stable helped Ole Miss register the third-best ground game in the SEC in 2010, while Brandon Bolden ranked No. 5 in the league in rushing. A Nix pupil for the duration of his career, Bolden finished second in school history in both total touchdowns and rushing TDs, third in all-purpose yards and fourth in rushing yards.

In 2009, Dexter McCluster In 2009, Dexter McCluster became the first player in SEC history with 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season.

The first-team All-American recorded the second-highest rushing total in school history and went on to be drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. (January 3, 2012, Page 8)

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