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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Defense gets mixed reviews from Grove Bowl performance

All eyes were on Ole Miss’ offense in this year’s Grove Bowl, but that does not mean the defense did not have a watchful eye kept on it. The reviews were mixed from head coach Hugh Freeze and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack after the 17-7 win by the Blue team over the Red squad. (April 12, 2015, Page 1B, 3B)

Rebels drop weight, transform bodies

Hugh Freeze knew if he wanted more from some of his key contributors while developing quality depth behind them, Ole Miss’ football coach was going to have to trim the excess fat. Literally. With the help of sports dietitian Frank Newell, head athletic trainer Pat Jernigan and strength coach Paul Jackson, the Rebels have gotten leaner this spring and improved their endurance to better keep up in Freeze’s up-tempo practices. (April 6, 2015, Page 7)

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)

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’ 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)

LIVE BLOG: Ole Miss at SEC Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. — Today marks the fourth and final day of 2014 SEC  Media Days at the Hyatt Winfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama, and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and select players finally get their shot to talk about the upcoming season. (more…) (July 17, 2014)

Harris raves about Taylor

Roderick Taylor’s public pledge on Wednesday came as no surprise to Callaway High teammate Dayall Harris. (more…) (July 12, 2013, Page 7A)

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