Starting the season fast hasn’t been a problem for Steve Spurrier while he’s been at South Carolina. The Gamecocks have been one of the Southeastern Conference’s best teams in the months of September and October during his five-year tenure, but when the season hits the last month of the season, the Gamecocks have routinely fallen on hard times. (September 1, 2010, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — One of the leaders of the Ole Miss defense, senior end Kentrell Lockett, will miss Saturday’s season opener against Jacksonville State due to an irregular heartbeat. (more…) (August 31, 2010)
According to a release from the University, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli’s waiver to play for Ole Miss during the 2010 season has been denied. (more…) (August 31, 2010)
With Jeremiah Masoli still awaiting clearance for a transfer from the NCAA, Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt said Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey will take most of the snaps in practice as preparation continues for Saturday’s season-opener against Jacksonville State. (August 31, 2010, Page 6)
It was just a week ago that first-year Kentucky coach Joker Phillips had to make the toughest decision of his short tenure. After evaluating two scrimmages and countless hours of practice the first two weeks, Phillips decided that senior Mike Hartline would be the starting quarterback when the Wildcats take on Louisville in the season opener.
Hartline has the most overall experience at the spot, but sophomore Morgan Newton, the player that pushed Hartline the most during practices, was 5-3 as a starter last year when Hartline went down with an injury. In the end, Phillips likes his depth at the quarterback spot, one of the strength areas on the team. (August 30, 2010, Page 3B)
The Ole Miss football team kicked off the first game week of the season by announcing its 2010 team captains Sunday night in a team meeting at the Overby Center on campus.
The captains, which were voted on by the players last weekend, include WR Lionel Breaux (New Orleans, La.), S Johnny Brown (Charleston), LB Jonathan Cornell (Azusa, Calif.), DE Kentrell Lockett (Hahnville, La.) and DT Jerrell Powe (Waynesboro). (more…) (August 30, 2010, Page 3B)
Callaway offensive lineman Justin Bell gave his verbal commitment to Ole Miss over the weekend, joining teammate Aaron Morris as the Rebels’ 19th commitment for the 2011 signing class.
Bell, 6-foot-3, 320-pounds, is rated a three-star offensive lineman by Rivals.com and chose the Rebels over Mississippi State. (August 30, 2010, Page 3B)
Tony Grimes has had a frustrating summer.
What was supposed to be a summer full of excitement and preparation for his first year in Oxford was instead spent wishing and waiting for the all the necessary paperwork to be approved for his admission into school.
That frustration turned into relief last week when the Hollywood Hills (Fla.) standout cornerback was approved by the NCAA as a full qualifier.
Grimes wasted no time getting to Oxford and was ready to start practicing once he got to campus. (August 27, 2010, Page 6A)
A chance to prove himself on the track is all Jarius Baker is asking for. The former Lafayette High standout in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and in various relay events, recently joined the Ole Miss track program hoping to help the Rebels, and himself, in the future.
Baker is one of 87 athletes, both male and female, on this year’s team, a total that is the highest in school history according to head coach Joe Walker. (August 27, 2010, Page 7A)
There may never be a perfect time to start a freshman at quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, but for Georgia coach Mark Richt, if there was ever going to be season to do it, 2010 is the one.
Redshirt freshman Aaron Murray may never have taken a snap under center in the rugged SEC, but with 10 returners back on offense, his success rate as a starter has ultimately increased.
Richt may be looking to build on a disappointing 8-5 season with Murray leading the way on offense, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get help from a running game that is expected to be one of the best in the SEC this year. (August 27, 2010, Page 8A)
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