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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dave Wommack

Ole Miss shuffling defensive coaching duties during bowl preparation

Ole Miss’ defensive coaching staff has a different look to it. With linebackers coach Tom Allen off to South Florida to be the Bulls’ next defensive coordinator, head coach Hugh Freeze announced Tuesday that staffer Corey Batoon will temporarily coach defensive backs with defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, who normally specializes in that role, taking over the linebackers. (December 17, 2014, Page 2B)

NWCC LB Caldwell commits to Ole Miss

Northwest Mississippi Community College linebacker Terry Caldwell was finally given the opportunity to continue his football career at Ole Miss. He didn’t waste any time taking the Rebels up on their offer.

 (December 10, 2014, Page 1B)

Rebel D slows down MSU rushing game

The Ole Miss defense knew what its job was: Stop the Mississippi State tandem of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Josh Robinson from dicing them up with their feet like they had so many other teams this season. Mission accomplished. The Rebels’ rush defense held Mississippi State to 163 total yards on the ground and just 92 between Prescott (48 yards) and Robinson (44 yards) in the Rebels’ 31-17 victory over the No. 4 Bulldogs on Saturday night. (November 30, 2014, Page 2B)

Rebels take their turn against Prescott, Robinson

Eleven teams have tried. Not many of them have succeeded. There’s not a whole lot of mystery to Mississippi State’s offense. The Bulldogs are going to line quarterback Dak Prescott up in the shotgun with running back Josh Robinson to his left or right, and one of them is going to run the ball to set up play-action passes off of it. (November 26, 2014, Page 6A)

Ole Miss taking advantage of extra time in preparation for Razorbacks

It may be the middle of No. 10 Ole Miss’ second bye week, but that is not stopping the Rebels from getting a jumpstart on their preparation for their Nov. 22 game against Arkansas. (November 13, 2014, Page 6A)

Bye week will ‘certainly help’ Rebels heal for final stretch

It was tempting, but Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze knew he couldn’t. Senior quarterback Bo Wallace entered Saturday’s game against Presbyterian College just 262 yards shy of breaking Eli Manning’s school record for total offense. Wallace accumulated 155 total yards in two quarters, but with Ole Miss holding a 35-0 lead at the break, his day was done. At this point of the season, health trumps statistics. (November 11, 2014, Page 6)

NOTEBOOK: Ole Miss defense no match for Tigers’ offense

The Ole Miss defense had allowed just eight touchdowns all season. Saturday night the Auburn offense scored five in a 35-31 victory over the Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. It was not the best outing for one of the nation’s best defenses, which allowed more than 20 points for the first time in 10 games. (November 2, 2014, Page 1B)

Rebels prep for more balanced Auburn offense

No. 4 Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) is still lethal on the ground, leading the SEC with 281 rushing yards a game, but the Tigers are using that success to open things up with a passing game it didn’t need at times a season ago. It’s another dimension No. 7 Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1) will have to account for when the Rebels host the Tigers in a Western Division clash Saturday (6 p.m., ESPN). (October 29, 2014, Page 1B)

LSU grounds, pounds past Ole Miss

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ole Miss didn’t get out of Death Valley alive. The Rebels’ offense was bottled up by LSU, a UM defense that’s been virtually immovable was pushed around, and No. 3 Ole Miss fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 10-7 loss Saturday night in front of 102,321 at Tiger Stadium. (October 26, 2014, Page 1B)

Alabama, others helping Ole Miss prepare for LSU’s run-first offense

One thing has become abundantly clear to Ole Miss’ players and coaches as they’ve watched film this week: LSU is going to run the football. A lot. (October 22, 2014, Page 1B)

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