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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dave Wommack

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)

Back at WR, Jones a wild card for Rebels’ offense

Derrick Jones is brimming with talent. It’s why Ole Miss’ coaches are determined to get him on the field. And they’ve decided once and for all that his best chance for that to happen is at wide receiver. (April 8, 2015, Page 3B)

Ole Miss looking for next man in the middle

Ole Miss is exhausting all avenues in its attempt to find the next man in the middle of its defense. Deterrian Shackelford’s eligibility expired after six seasons last year, leaving a position that’s been stable in recent seasons suddenly surrounded by uncertainty. Shackelford moved to middle linebacker last year to fill the void of Mike Marry, who started for three seasons before Shackelford took over. (April 1, 2015, Page 1B)

Shepard, Bridges lead long, revamped secondary

They wear No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. It’s a fitting number scheme for the expectations Ole Miss has for Tony Bridges and Tee Shepard in its retooled secondary. Bridges and Shepard have been working as the first-team cornerbacks for a majority of the spring, and barring any significant injuries, they’ll stay there this fall. Ranked by varying recruiting sites as the nation’s top junior college cornerbacks in the last two recruiting cycles, the pair is a different breed than what the Rebels have had the last few seasons. (March 30, 2015, Page 6)

Boykin, TCU offense to test OM defense

Dave Wommack doesn’t need to be reminded of how talented TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is. Ole Miss’ defensive coordinator is well aware. (December 30, 2014, Page 1B, 2B)

Engram eager to cap record season back home

Ole Miss’ return to the Georgia Dome can’t come fast enough for Evan Engram. When the Rebels travel to Atlanta for their New Year’s Eve matchup with No. 6 TCU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (11:30 a.m., ESPN), the Rebels’ sophomore tight end will be less than 25 miles from the city he starred in as a high school player in Georgia. But Engram’s Hillgrove High team in nearby Powder Springs never played for a state title, meaning Engram never got to take the field in the building as a prepster. (December 24, 2014, Page 6A)

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)

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