NEW ORLEANS — Hugh Freeze’s goal of seeing his team play a complete game, with improved consistency, didn’t materialize quite like he was hoping Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Ole Miss’ defense was much improved against Tulane in the 39-0 win but the offense sputtered outside of the first quarter and produced three fumbles that thwarted potential scoring opportunities.
Offensive coordinator Dan Werner said the fumbles, specifically those made by quarterback Bo Wallace, have to disappear with No. 1 Alabama up next. (September 24, 2012, Page 1B)
After three straight weeks of playing games in Oxford, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze seems to be looking forward to his first road game of the season Saturday at Tulane. It’s not that Freeze doesn’t like playing in front of a capacity crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium like he did last week, he just feels like a little time away from campus, with his team having less distractions and a less hyped game, could serve as a positive. (September 21, 2012, Page 6A)
Charles Sawyer was one of the last Ole Miss players to leave Tuesday’s practice session inside the Indoor Practice Facility. It’s not that Sawyer was in trouble, far from it, he was just busy getting extra reps at his new position — cornerback. (September 19, 2012, Page 6)
In an effort to avoid a hangover from the 66-31 loss suffered at the hands of then No. 14 Texas this Saturday against Tulane, Freeze and his staff want the players to focus on making corrections from the Texas game but not dwell on the outcome. (September 18, 2012, Page 6)
Hugh Freeze’s plan of keeping Saturday’s epic game with No. 14 Texas close and allowing the near record crowd of 61,797 at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to help his Rebels late never materialized.
Instead of heading into the fourth quarter down just a field goal or a touchdown, the Rebels trailed the Longhorns by 28 (52-24) with no hope of ever catching them thanks to his defense’s inability to slow quarterback David Ash or a running game that totaled 350 yards overall. (September 17, 2012, Page 1B)
Defense was supposed to be the strength of the No. 14 Texas Longhorns, not the throwing of sophomore quarterback David Ash. For a quarterback who had only thrown for 377 yards the first two games combined, Ash turned in a career-best night by throwing for 326 yards and four touchdowns.
He connected on 15 straight passes during the game — which was three off the record held by Colt McCoy — and finished a blistering 19-for-23 overall.
Texas’ offense finished the game with 676 yards of total offense that also included 350 yards on the ground. (September 17, 2012, Page 1B)
And no, he did not visit Austin, Texas. Nor did he receive an offer from the Longhorns.
A quick glance at Ole Miss’ depth chart shows only one true freshman atop his position: Issac Gross.
For the third consecutive week, the 6-foot-1, 254-pound Gross is penciled in as the Rebels’ starter at nose tackle ahead of senior Gilbert Pena and redshirt freshman Woodrow Hamilton. (more…) (September 14, 2012, Page 7A)
Ole Miss freshman rover Trae Elston walked by reporters after Tuesday’s practice, unavailable to comment about his one-game suspension levied by the Southeastern Conference for a “flagrant and dangerous” hit he made on UTEP wideout Jordan Leslie last Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
In Elston’s place to discuss the suspension, which was announced by the SEC on Tuesday morning, was head coach Hugh Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork.
Bjork was the first to address the media, while Freeze gave more details on the suspension, including his thoughts when he was first told on Monday night. (September 12, 2012, Page 6)
The Ole Miss Rebels are currently in some rather unfamiliar territory.
For starters, the Rebels are 2-0 for the first time since the 2009 season and received votes in a national poll (USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll) for the first time since the 2010 preseason. (more…) (September 11, 2012, Page 8)