AUBURN, Ala. — A week-long focus of starting the third quarter strong and finishing out a game that ultimately led to a win didn’t materialize as planned for the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday night at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. (more…) (October 31, 2011, Page 1B)
When the junior college presidents of Mississippi decided late Tuesday that they were eliminating the protected recruiting list for all sports, getting rid of the current athletic districts and greatly reducing the amount of scholarships for out-of-state players, they all but killed junior college athletics in this state. (more…) (September 29, 2011, Page 7)
After recording just six interceptions last season, the Rebels hijacked four passes from Southern Illinois quarterback Paul McIntosh on Saturday, and have five picks through two games. (September 12, 2011, Page 2B)
There was a point in time four years ago when Marcus Temple didn’t know if he would see much playing time in Ole Miss’ secondary. Coming from Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy as a walk-on, Temple was the “extra” guy on the roster that would likely help out more on special teams than in the defensive backfield.
That assessment of Temple’s potential contribution to the Rebels was underestimated thanks in large part to his desire to be much more than just a role player. (August 24, 2011, Page 9)
When discussing the pitfalls and woes of last season’s four-win campaign, players bring up a lack of camaraderie and leadership.
That won’t be the case this season, at least if the players have learned from last year. (July 18, 2011, Page 6)
For senior free safety Damien Jackson, the vision for getting the team over the hump and back to a bowl is clear: he has to be a more consistent leader for the defense and team overall.
Constantly challenged by his coaches to be more vocal during the spring, Jackson wants to make more plays. He wants to garner a bevy of interceptions like he did when he was in junior college and he feels a year of experience learning how all the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference play should help him achieve that goal. (July 8, 2011, Page 6A)
Heading into the second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt wanted to see his team show more consistency on both sides of the ball. His hope was his wide receivers would catch throws from the quarterbacks better, the running game would be even more physical and the defense would do an even better job of flying to the football.
Nutt was able to see his offensive line open more holes for the likes of Enrique Davis and Devin Thomas to gain big chunks of yardage, and while the receivers as a group made some plays, the overall performance was still inconsistent for Nutt’s liking. (April 11, 2011, Page 2B)
There was the good: Randall Mackey showed consistency passing the ball, the defense provided a constant presence in the offensive backfield, the tight ends looked like reliable targets, head coach Houston Nutt said he liked the attitudes he saw from the defense and incumbent kicker Bryson Rose connected on all four field goals from 40 yards and beyond. (more…) (April 4, 2011, Page 6A)