If the tackles are the strongest part of the defensive line and the cornerbacks are the deepest part of the secondary, then the linebackers are arguably the deepest position on Ole Miss’ new-look defense.
Even without D.T. Shackelford in the linebacker rotation, the Rebels have as much experience returning as any defensive position heading into the 2012 season. Junior Mike Marry has made 10 starts and played in 22 games the past two years, while senior Joel Kight has played in 37 games during his career and made 114 tackles. Serderius Bryant was listed as the third stinger going into the summer despite the fact he started three games, played in all 12 contests and made 61 tackles as a true freshman. (more…) (August 21, 2012, Page 6)
Saturday was not the best day to get an evaluation of where the Ole Miss defense is heading into the final two weeks of preparation before the season opener Sept. 1. First-year defensive coordinator Dave Wommack wasn’t pleased with his unit following the annual Meet the Rebels scrimmage, calling the effort “flat” when describing the feel he got from the start of the scrimmage. (August 20, 2012, Page 2B)
First-year coordinator Dave Wommack said he asked his players prior to the scrimmage to play hard and fast, and then eliminate alignment assignment errors. (August 13, 2012, Page 6)
Ole Miss’ first day in full pads proved to be another strong day for the defense as the Rebels continued to struggled with turnovers. Whether it was interceptions or miscues on snaps out of the shotgun, first-year coach Hugh Freeze wasn’t too pleased with how his offense performed in team situations following Tuesday’s morning practice. (August 8, 2012, Page 6)
Dave Wommack comes to Ole Miss with a wealth of experience and knowledge at the college level.
Prior to following new head coach Hugh Freeze from Jonesboro, Ark., to Oxford, Ole Miss’ new defensive coordinator had made stops at Arkansas, Southern Miss and Georgia Tech — to name a few — during his 30-plus years as collegiate coach. (December 23, 2011, Page 6A)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Coaching changes obviously have a large impact on the recruiting world and one in-state change could pay off for the Rebels in their pursuit of 6-foot-3 Pearl receiver D.J. Thompson.
Thompson was verbally committed to Southern Miss prior to coach Larry Fedora taking over the North Carolina gig, and still is a Golden Eagle pledge, although he admitted on Friday he’s “not as firm” as he was. (more…) (December 14, 2011, Page 6)
The Senatobia native, who led Arkansas State to a 10-2 record this past season as a first-year head coach, came back home Monday when he was officially introduced as Ole Miss’ 37th head coach at the Ford Center. (December 6, 2011, Page 6)
BLOG: Introductory press conferences that are open to the public are meant to be full of rah-rah, feel-good speak.
Hugh Freeze‘s press conference at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts today had plenty of that.
(more…) (December 5, 2011)