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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'Tavius Mathers

NOTEBOOK: Wunderlich to handle kicking duties at A&M

The kicking department has been one of instability for No. 3 Ole Miss during the first five games of the season. This week against No. 14 Texas A&M, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will rely on true freshman Gary Wunderlich to bring some stability to special teams inside the hostile environment of Kyle Field Saturday night as he’ll kick field goals and extra points for the Rebels. (October 9, 2014, Page 7A)

Ole Miss rallies to down No. 3 Alabama

College football’s first four-team playoff is still three months away, but Ole Miss is officially in the conversation. The Rebels put themselves there by exorcising some demons. The 11th-ranked Rebels stayed patient against Alabama’s always stout defense and broke through late, scoring three second-half touchdowns to erase a double-digit deficit and upset the third-ranked Crimson Tide with a 23-17 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 61,826 at Vaught Hemingway Stadium on Saturday. (October 5, 2014, Page 1B)

NOTEBOOK: Defense answered the bell against Alabama

There were times the Ole Miss defense bent, but it didn’t break in the 11th-ranked Rebels’ 23-17 upset victory over No. 3 Alabama Saturday inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Crimson Tide offense did rack up 396 total yards of offense but was held to just 10 points. (October 5, 2014, Page 1B)

NOTEBOOK: Ole Miss being real with Tide’s run defense

Ole Miss’ running game has shown some signs of life recently. The Rebels broke 200 yards on the ground for the first time three weeks ago against Louisiana-Lafayette and followed that up with 178 yards against Memphis last Saturday. Ole Miss has increased its average run to 4 yards after mustering a measly 2.9 through the first two games, a byproduct of some explosive scampers. The Rebels have ripped off runs of 71, 53, 23 and 22 yards in their last two outings. (September 30, 2014, Page 6)

NOTEBOOK: Mathers returns to Rebels’ backfield

Ole Miss’ ground game is back at full strength. Junior running back I’Tavius Mathers suffered a sprained big toe that knocked him out of the Rebels’ last game against Louisiana-Lafayette shortly after ripping off his 56-yard touchdown run, an injury Hugh Freeze feared was serious enough to possibly keep him out of this week’s game against Memphis at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (September 23, 2014, Page 6)

VIDEO: Rebels get back in flow, prep for Memphis

BLOG — Game week is back for Ole Miss as the Rebels prepare for Saturday’s game against Memphis at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (6:30 p.m., FSN). (more…) (September 22, 2014)

Ole Miss RB Wilkins returns to practice

Ole Miss has one of its running backs back. It’s waiting on another. I’Tavius Mathers and Jordan Wilkins were both knocked out of the Rebels’ rout of Louisiana-Lafayette early with injuries. Mathers sprained a big toe while Wilkins suffered a sprained ankle and took a hit to the knee that required an MRI to determine the severity. But results showed nothing more than a mild sprain of Wilkins’ MCL, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said, and Wilkins was back at practice on Wednesday. (September 18, 2014, Page 8)

NOTEBOOK: Ole Miss brushing off the hype amid lofty ranking

Ole Miss hasn’t had a number this low next to its name in six seasons. Not that it means a whole lot right now. The Rebels (3-0) came in at No. 12 in this week’s Amway coaches poll and jumped up four spots to No. 10 in The Associated Press top 25, their highest ranking since Jevan Snead and company took a No. 4 ranking to South Carolina on Sept. 24, 2009, only to lose it four quarters later with a 16-10 loss. (September 16, 2014, Page 8)

VIDEO: Ole Miss aims to stay focused with lofty ranking

BLOG — Ole Miss hasn’t had a number this low next to its name in six seasons. Not that it means a whole lot right now. (more…) (September 15, 2014)

No. 15 Ole Miss not looking past Commodores in SEC opener

Ole Miss has seen the film. It’s not changing the Rebels’ collective opinion of their opponent this week. No. 15 Ole Miss (1-0) will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday to open Southeastern Conference play against Vanderbilt (0-1). The teams began their respective seasons in drastically different fashions. (September 5, 2014, Page 6)

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