On Saturday, the screen pass wasn’t used as much, but when the Mississippi State Bulldogs did call the screen, they were able to hit home runs twice.
The go-to player for Mississippi State on the screen plays was freshman running back LaDarius Perkins, who finished the game with three receptions for a game-high 140 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 98 yards rushing. (November 29, 2010, Page 1B)
Saturday evening’s game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the annual “Egg Bowl” will be the final home contest for 18 Ole Miss seniors. The class, which includes safeties Johnny Brown and Fon Ingram, linebacker Jonathan Cornell, and Oxford native Zach Brent, helped changed the fortune of the program over the past few seasons with back-to-back trips to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Two of the seniors who will honored before Saturday’s game, defensive tackle Jerrell Powe and defensive end Kentrell Lockett, could return next year, but for the majority of the class, the matchup with the Bulldogs will be the final time the group gets to put on the red and blue together. (November 25, 2010, Page 9A)
Ole Miss’ depth on defense took a hit Tuesday when football coach Houston Nutt suspended cornerback Tony Grimes and end Delvin Jones. The freshmen from South Florida violated team rules by being lax on class attendance and the punishment will be missing the final two games, starting with Saturday’s contest at No. 5 LSU. (November 17, 2010, Page 6)
Ole Miss’ struggles on the gridiron this season have not been taken lightly by the players and coaching staff.
Why is that blatantly clear?
Well, in part because of head coach Houston Nutt’s opening statement that kicked off his weekly press conference on Monday.
During his nine-minute speech, Nutt focused on the state of the program over the last 50 years and where he thought it was headed. (November 16, 2010, Page 4B)
Bolden carried the ball 12 times for 113 yards and scored both of the team’s touchdowns in a game that was essentially decided by the start of the third quarter.
The two scores for Bolden raised his season total to 11 on the year and 20 in his career, while his rushing effort gave him five games of over 100 yards. (November 15, 2010, Page 2B)
When Ole Miss and Tennessee face off on Saturday at Neyland Stadium, it won’t be exactly how D.T. Shackelford would have imagined it over three years ago: Instead of running on to the field in Knoxville, Tenn., wearing the home orange and white, Shackelford will be jogging out of the visitor’s locker room.
Born a Tennessee fan — for what he admits is an unknown reason — in the state of Alabama, Shackelford dreamed of playing for former Vols coach Phil Fulmer. (November 10, 2010, Page 8)
The value of a reliable kicker was never more evident than on Saturday when Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose converted all five field goal attempts from distances of 24, 30, 30, 27 and 20 yards in the Rebels’ 43-21 win at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (November 8, 2010, Page 1B)
When Jonathan Cornell was sidelined due to a hip injury sustained a week ago against Auburn, the Ole Miss coaching staff turned to freshman Mike Marry to fill in for the senior.
On Saturday, all Marry did with his first career start at middle linebacker was lead the team in tackles. (November 8, 2010, Page 2B)
Expect to see some changes for the Ole Miss defense in Saturday’s Homecoming game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said following Wednesday’s practice at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that D.T. Shackelford, normally a linebacker, will start at defensive end with Gerald Rivers out of action.
Jonathan Cornell, meanwhile, will start at middle linebacker only if he’s healthy enough to go. Right now, Cornell doesn’t appear to be at a point where that would happen and Nix said Mike Marry would make the start there if he is told Cornell can’t go. (November 4, 2010, Page 7)
Miscues and missed opportunities, the two things that have consistently hurt the Ole Miss Rebels at the most critical times this season, proved to be their undoing again in a 38-24 loss to No. 21 Arkansas Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Field.
Despite falling behind 21-0 in the first half, the Rebels (3-4 overall, 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference) had a real opportunity to earn a rare road win late in a game that lasted over five hours due to two weather delays.
Two touchdown passes from Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who accounted for over 400 total yards, to Markeith Summers in the fourth quarter pulled the Rebels to within one touchdown (31-24) of the Razorbacks (5-2, 2-2) with just over nine minutes left in the game. (October 25, 2010, Page 1B)