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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Akeem Judd

Depth breeding spring competition for Ole Miss

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze likes the numbers he sees when he looks around the practice field. Three full recruiting classes for Freeze and his staff have the Rebels’ roster stocked with the most quality players they’ve had since arriving in Oxford four Decembers ago. The starters at each position — at least the ones that have locked up that distinction — jog off the field after a few reps and are replaced by bodies that are nearly just as big, move nearly as fast and can do many of the same things athletically without much a dropoff. (April 3, 2015, Page 7A)

Judd gets chance to show power in Rebels’ backfield

Ole Miss didn’t get much power out of its running game last season. Akeem Judd may be able to help with that. The Rebels have amped up the physicality on the ground this spring, emphasizing what head coach Hugh Freeze called “good, dirty runs.” Judd, who’s going through his first spring at Ole Miss, is impressing in that role. (March 30, 2015, Page 6)

Report: RB Mathers to transfer from Ole Miss

Ole Miss’ crowded backfield is starting to thin out. Junior running back I’Tavius Mathers is leaving the program, according to the Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal. Mathers, a Murfreesboro native, didn’t elaborate on his decision to his hometown newspaper. (January 11, 2015, Page 1B)

Ole Miss RB Wilkins returns to practice

Ole Miss has one of its running backs back. It’s waiting on another. I’Tavius Mathers and Jordan Wilkins were both knocked out of the Rebels’ rout of Louisiana-Lafayette early with injuries. Mathers sprained a big toe while Wilkins suffered a sprained ankle and took a hit to the knee that required an MRI to determine the severity. But results showed nothing more than a mild sprain of Wilkins’ MCL, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said, and Wilkins was back at practice on Wednesday. (September 18, 2014, Page 8)

Rebels looking for physical edge on the ground

Ole Miss didn’t have the success it wanted running the ball in its opening win over Boise State. Any improvement this week against Vanderbilt will have to start up front. (September 2, 2014, Page 8)

Rebels’ RB depth creates plenty of competition

Ole Miss’ running back room has a different look to it this year. That’s a good thing for the Rebels. (August 14, 2014, Page 8)

VIDEO: Shepard’s return to field ‘doesn’t look promising’

BLOG — The news on cornerback Tee Shepard isn’t good. (more…) (August 13, 2014)

Ole Miss resumes camp with indoor practice

After a day of rest, the Ole Miss football team resumed fall camp with a practice inside the Manning Center Monday. The practice essentially marked the midway point of fall camp, and head coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with what he has seen up to this point as a whole and is hopeful his team can carry that into the season opener against Boise Sate. (August 12, 2014, Page 8)

Rebels’ newcomers make good impression

Ole Miss has built enough depth to where it doesn’t need its freshmen to come in and play immediately. The talent, though, of the entire incoming class may leave the coaches with no other choice. (August 5, 2014, Page 6)

NOTEBOOK: ‘Everyone’s eligible’ for Rebels

Some of Ole Miss’ football players won’t play a down this season, but it won’t be because they didn’t make the grades. For the first time in his three-year tenure, coach Hugh Freeze announced the Rebels won’t suffer from an academic casualty. Players reported to campus on Friday — the first day before the start of fall camp — and everyone’s ready to go. (August 4, 2014, Page 6)

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