Size, speed, power and elusiveness are just some of the many attributes East Marion (Columbia) running back Xavier Grindle has used over the past three seasons to catch the attention of college recruiters.
A season of frustration running the ball for the Ole Miss Rebels was eliminated in one night thanks to the sensational performance of junior Brandon Bolden on Saturday night in the team’s 55-38 win over Fresno State.
The Baton Rouge, La., native had a career night running the ball as he totaled 228 yards and two rushing scores on 19 carries. The performance was the focal point of a running attack that amassed a season-high 425 yards, while Bolden’s total ranked sixth best in school history. (September 27, 2010, Page 1B)
Since then, however, Davis has not lived up to expectations, amassing just 354 yards and five touchdowns.
Davis’ struggles haven’t pertained just to running with the ball, but other responsibilities running backs have. (August 12, 2010, Page 1B)
It was a little over two years ago when Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt pledged to every Rebel fan that he and his staff would do everything they possibly could to sign more players from the state of Mississippi.
After inking just four high school players from the state in each of his first two classes, Nutt started to show that he and his staff were making traction in the state by signing seven players in the 2010 class. While back-to-back wins in the Cotton Bowl have made things even more attractive for recruits to want to attend Ole Miss, the relationships that Nutt, recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn, running backs coach Derrick Nix and other coaches have built with players and coaches in the state has really started to pay dividends. (July 20, 2010, Page 6A)
OLE MISS FOOTBALL — A strong final push turned into an outstanding National Signing Day for the Ole Miss football program and Houston Nutt Wednesday. Ole Miss was able to sign some important players for the 2010 class and, in the process, vault up the national recruiting rankings. The Rebels signed 22 new players in addition to two junior college players the team signed in December. (February 6, 2010, Page 6)
OLE MISS FOOTBALL — The Ole Miss football made a strong finish on National Signing Day, earning the signatures of 22 players. Ole Miss’ class was a consensus top 20 recruiting class by several recruiting services. (February 4, 2010, Page 6)