Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss’ junior rover and leader in the secondary, knew Saturday was a big day for first-year head coach Hugh Freeze before the team got off the bus and started filing through the Walk of Champions in the Grove. Sawyer, who just returned to the practice field last week in an attempt to play against Central Arkansas in the opener, said Freeze really wanted to win because of his affection for Ole Miss. (September 3, 2012, Page 1B)
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss’ newest starting quarterback, said early last week he was anxious for his first chance to lead Hugh Freeze’s new-look offense. Prior to Saturday’s season opener against Central Arkansas, Wallace said he actually wasn’t nervous like he thought he might be.
That unexpected coolness showed in Wallace’s Rebel debut as the sophomore completed 20 of 24 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also dazzled on runs with 13 carries for 82 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown run that capped Ole Miss’ opening drive. (September 3, 2012, Page 1B)
The Rebels practically emptied their bench Saturday against Central Arkansas and in doing so forced fans and media alike to crosscheck numbers with names on the official roster. (more…) (September 3, 2012, Page 1B)
Ole Miss will kick off its 2012 season at 6 p.m. with a first-ever gridiron showdown with Central Arkansas.
The game can be viewed on Pay-per-view or ESPN3.com. (more…) (September 1, 2012)
When Hugh Freeze walked into the IPF’s team meeting room Monday something seemed different.
For months, a lot has been said, both within those walls and on the practice field, regarding the state of the Ole Miss football team. But, more often than not, the question-and-answer sessions have only involved Ole Miss: How was practice? Or the latest scrimmage?
Wearing a button-down shirt and a sports coat, accented by an “Ole Miss” script lapel pin, Freeze was introduced — not that it was really needed — to the media in attendance as “the head football coach of the Ole Miss Rebels” for the first time with an actual game on the horizon. (August 28, 2012, Page 6)
VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss received plenty of good news when it returned to the practice field today. (more…) (August 21, 2012)
Ole Miss’ final scrimmage before the season opener Sept. 1 featured an improved offensive attack led by the running of freshmen backs I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. First-year coach Hugh Freeze said following the annual Meet the Rebels scrimmage that Mathers, who finished with 100 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, and Walton, who had 42 yards on eight carries, had been steady, if not spectacular, during summer camp. (August 20, 2012, Page 1B)
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)