Houston Nutt is the head football coach for the Ole Miss Rebels. The Arkansas native graduated from Oklahoma State, where he played quarterback, after transferring from Arkansas.
A dominating spring by the Ole Miss defense was replaced by a solid offensive show by the offense and quarterbacks Nathan Stanley and Raymond Cotton Saturday during the annual Grove Bowl at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Both quarterbacks, who have battled all spring to replace the departed Jevan Snead, had their moments in the Blue team’s 49-28 win over the Red squad. (April 19, 2010, Page 1B)
Redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton is at a crossroads in his Ole Miss playing career. While Cotton performed well this spring in his attempt to become the starter under center in 2010, his health may not allow him to compete for the starting job in the summer.
Medical examinations recently showed that Cotton has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and the prognosis for his recovery, at least long term, is surgery. Whether that surgery, which could sideline him for up to six months, happens before the upcoming season or after the season in January remains to be decided. (April 19, 2010, Page 2B)
Headlines throughout the spring have repeatedly asked who will fill the shoes of quarterback Jevan Snead, running back Dexter McCluster and the three offensive linemen who have all graduated and are poised to play on the next level.
But one vacated position that has flown somewhat under the radar is that of cornerback.
With Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn having graduated, the Rebels are faced with the tough task of replacing two experienced cornerbacks.
On Saturday, redshirt freshman Charles Sawyer showed Ole Miss fans and coaches alike why he might be the perfect guy to step up and start at cornerback opposite Jeremy McGee or Marcus Temple. (April 19, 2010, Page 2B)
With Tax Day almost behind us, Editor Don Whitten says it’s time to start turning our attention to less stressful and more enjoyable times. He suggests events coming up locally the next three weeks – Red-Blue Spring Game at Ole Miss, Double Decker Arts Festival, Relay for Life – and other ideas of what to get involved with. (April 15, 2010, Page 4)
The Standard, a men’s conference geared toward making men more in touch with Jesus Christ, returns to Oxford and the Ole Miss community Friday and Saturday. The two-day conference, which features challenging talks and presentations from the likes of Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt and men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy, will be held at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (April 14, 2010, Page 2B)
The majority of Ole Miss’ spring football practices can be summed up in two words — dominant defense.
Lately, however, the offense has been fighting back.
If the offensive line is going to continue to progress, it’s going to need junior left guard Alex “Tank” Washington to fill in for some of the departed veterans.
More specifically, though, it’s going to need Washington, who currently tips the scale at 350 pounds, to shed some weight. (April 13, 2010, Page 2B)
THE GODFREY SHOW – The five-star defensive tackle Jerrell Powe has traveled quite a path getting to where he is today, an impact player on the Rebel defense. Oxford Town sports columnist Steven Godfrey dissects Powe’s journey to stardom and explains why this season will be Powe’s to shine. (April 8, 2010, Page 10)
Shortly after the Ole Miss defense stopped another play for a minimal gain during Monday’s spring practice session, senior end Kentrell Lockett told running back Rodney Scott he knew what play the offense was going to run.
Whether Lockett really meant what he said or not, his message was clear: the Rebel defense can shut down most anything the offense is throwing their way. (April 6, 2010, Page 8)
It’s been no surprise that Ole Miss’ most experienced unit, the defensive line, set the tone during the first week of spring drills.
The Rebels’ first scrimmage on Friday at Vaught Hemingway Stadium was no different as the unit of Jerrell Powe, Lawon Scott, Ted Laurent, Kentrell Lockett, Wayne Dorsey and others made life difficult on the youthful offensive line and quarterbacks. (April 5, 2010, Page 7A)
Tig Barksdale is Ole Miss’ second spring casualty due to a “violation of team rules.”
Following practice on Thursday, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt informed the media that the former South Panola standout has been suspended for the remained of the spring. (April 2, 2010, Page 7A)