A chance at redemption is what the Ole Miss Rebels are looking to accomplish Saturday night in their second game of the year at Tulane.
It’s been a tough week of practice for the Rebels, who suffered national embarrassment last Saturday by losing 49-48 to Football Championship Subdivision member Jacksonville State at home. (September 10, 2010, Page 6A)
Ole Miss has won the last nine meetings, dating back to 1988.
Tulane scored the rare season opening win for its program with a 27-21 win over neighbor Southeastern Louisiana last Thursday night. With on 252 yards of total offense, the highlight of the night came in the rushing game, led by true freshman Orleans Darkwa (75 yards, 3 TD) and junior Albert Williams (67 yards). (September 10, 2010, Page 8A)
Following Thursday’s practice Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt confirmed that offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson has been dismissed from the football team and backup linebacker Brandon Sanders has been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules. (more…) (September 9, 2010)
The second Associated Press Mississippi Prep Polls were officially released yesterday and once again Lafayette found itself atop Class 4A, receiving 14 of 17 first-place votes. (more…) (September 8, 2010)
Ole Miss’ beleaguered defense got some more good news Tuesday with the return of free safety Fon Ingram to practice. A day after senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett said he hoped to play against Tulane on Saturday, Ingram told the media that it was his goal to see his first action of the year against the Green Wave as well.
Rebel coach Houston Nutt said it was great to see Ingram, who missed the last half of summer practice and the Jacksonville State game with knee injury, back on the field. (September 8, 2010, Page 8)
Several players in attendance said the team became too relaxed with its 21-point lead at half time and in doing so, “let go of the rope.”
Looking back, sophomore linebacker D.T. Shackelford said he hopes the team can learn from its mistakes moving forward. (September 8, 2010, Page 8)
Two days have now past since Jacksonville State’s monumental upset of the Ole Miss Rebels. For Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, the time in between the loss and the start of work for Saturday’s opponent, Tulane, couldn’t have been more relevant as he and his staff try to get the Rebels headed back in the right direction.
Nutt said that Sunday’s practice and film work that preceded the practice was very quiet. (September 7, 2010, Page 6)
Kentrell Lockett is always an easy-going guy. He likes to joke, keep things loose and most of all smile.
On Monday when he met with members of the media at the Indoor Practice Facility to discuss what the previous week had been like, it was obvious he had been through a lot.
Lockett, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound native of Hahnville, La., wasn’t just talking about football; He was talking about life, and more specifically, how his life was almost altered. (September 7, 2010, Page 6)
Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt learned a valuable lesson Saturday afternoon in his team’s 49-48 overtime loss to Jacksonville State: You can’t be Mr. Nice Guy all the time.
There seems to be a sizable portion of Ole Miss fans who believe that Nutt was being a nice host by not running up the score on his former boss, JSU coach Jack Crowe. Whether Nutt intentionally called the dogs off or not, the perception of the fan base is the Rebels coasted in the second half so the Gamecocks wouldn’t be destroyed on the scoreboard.
Running back Brandon Bolden may have said it best when he said, “Sometimes you just let go of the rope.”
At the half, the Rebels held a commanding 31-10 lead. Not only was the Ole Miss offense scoring almost at will, but the Rebel defense was thwarting its Football Championship Subdivision opponent’s best efforts to march down the field.
Then, for whatever reason, the Rebels let go of the rope as Bolden simply put it. (more…) (September 6, 2010)
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