After spending 25-plus years around the high school game trying to attack opposing squads and coaching some championship-caliber teams of his own, his evaluation and thoughts on the sport are second to none.
So when Hill says the No. 1 ranked Lafayette Commodores are a great team with a ton of talent, and better than the one that won the Class 4A state title last year, it’s hard not to take notice. (September 1, 2011, Page 7)
A little over a week after being named the starting quarterback for the BYU opener, Ole Miss sophomore Barry Brunetti had his best practice of the summer. Head coach Houston Nutt and offensive coordinator David Lee both praised the work turned in by Brunetti on Tuesday.
The biggest reason for the swift improvement compared to last week when Brunetti struggled was comfort, while consistency was another important intangible mentioned by both coaches. (August 31, 2011, Page 6A)
It’s a good thing the Ole Miss Rebels have name plates back on their jerseys because fans will have a lot of new names to learn when their team kicks its season off on Saturday against the BYU Cougars.
When Ole Miss’ first official two-deep depth chart was released on Monday, 24 players listed were either freshmen (both true and redshirt) or transfers. (August 30, 2011, Page 8)
The Ole Miss Quarterback Club will hold the first meeting of the 2011 season Thursday at the Library Sports Bar on the Square at 7 p.m.
BLOG — BYU sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps is ready for the 2011 season opener at Ole Miss. (more…) (August 25, 2011)
Brunetti, who will be the starter for the BYU game, cut down on the mistakes he made on Tuesday in the Rebels’ most recent practice, Lee said. (August 25, 2011, Page 6)
To paraphrase the famous Nike tag line of the 90s, chicks may dig the long ball, but football coaches dig the ball that’s downed inside the opponents 10-yard line.
That’s something Ole Miss junior punter Tyler Campbell has been working on this summer.
Known for his howitzer of a leg — Campbell led the nation in 2010 with an average of 46.37 yards — he spent this summer working on the tactical aspects of punting. (August 25, 2011, Page 6)
Flanked by reporters, the Ole Miss head coach skipped his customary opening statement and announced that Randall Mackey will be suspended for the Rebels’ season opener against BYU on Sept. 3 because of his recent arrest.
In Mackey’s place, Nutt said sophomore Barry Brunetti will start and junior Zack Stoudt will also see playing time.
Talking to reporters, it was obvious that Nutt was disappointed Mackey forced his hand in regard to the quarterback competition.
There was a point in time four years ago when Marcus Temple didn’t know if he would see much playing time in Ole Miss’ secondary. Coming from Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy as a walk-on, Temple was the “extra” guy on the roster that would likely help out more on special teams than in the defensive backfield.
That assessment of Temple’s potential contribution to the Rebels was underestimated thanks in large part to his desire to be much more than just a role player. (August 24, 2011, Page 9)
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