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Monday, April 27, 2015

Jordan Wilkins

QBs, offense lead Blue past Red in Grove Bowl

The margin separating Ole Miss’ three quarterbacks has been so thin, offensive coordinator Dan Werner described it as “ridiculous.” They all got to put on one final spring audition for their coaches in the Grove Bowl on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Werner and head coach Hugh Freeze will have to review the tape to get a more accurate assessment of the signal callers’ performances, but immediately after watching the Blue team top the Red, 17-7, in a full-scale scrimmage, not much changed that opinion. (April 12, 2015, Page 1B)

Depth breeding spring competition for Ole Miss

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze likes the numbers he sees when he looks around the practice field. Three full recruiting classes for Freeze and his staff have the Rebels’ roster stocked with the most quality players they’ve had since arriving in Oxford four Decembers ago. The starters at each position — at least the ones that have locked up that distinction — jog off the field after a few reps and are replaced by bodies that are nearly just as big, move nearly as fast and can do many of the same things athletically without much a dropoff. (April 3, 2015, Page 7A)

Judd gets chance to show power in Rebels’ backfield

Ole Miss didn’t get much power out of its running game last season. Akeem Judd may be able to help with that. The Rebels have amped up the physicality on the ground this spring, emphasizing what head coach Hugh Freeze called “good, dirty runs.” Judd, who’s going through his first spring at Ole Miss, is impressing in that role. (March 30, 2015, Page 6)

QBs turn in clean sheet in Ole Miss’ scrimmage

Dan Werner demands three things from his quarterbacks in Ole Miss’ offense: Protect the football, stay ahead of the chains and go fast. Rattling off that checklist and executing it are two different things, but the Rebels’ offensive coordinator liked he what he saw from his signal callers Saturday in a game-like situation. (March 29, 2015, Page 1B)

Report: RB Mathers to transfer from Ole Miss

Ole Miss’ crowded backfield is starting to thin out. Junior running back I’Tavius Mathers is leaving the program, according to the Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal. Mathers, a Murfreesboro native, didn’t elaborate on his decision to his hometown newspaper. (January 11, 2015, Page 1B)

OM claims Egg Bowl, knocks MSU out of playoff

Ole Miss pulled out all the stops to dash its biggest rival’s championship dreams. The 18th-ranked Rebels ripped off their longest run of the season, got a touchdown pass from a running back and shut down Mississippi State’s vaunted running game to end the regular-season with a 31-17 victory Saturday, snapping a three-game Southeastern Conference losing streak in front of 62,058 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (November 30, 2014, Page 1B, 3B)

NOTEBOOK: Injured Wallace leads OM to win

It was the Egg Bowl. Bo Wallace was not going to miss his final game inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Bum ankle or not. The senior quarterback gutted out a solid performance, leading No. 18 Ole Miss to a 31-17 victory over No. 4 Mississippi State onSaturday. (November 30, 2014, Page 1B, 3B)

Ole Miss taking advantage of extra time in preparation for Razorbacks

It may be the middle of No. 10 Ole Miss’ second bye week, but that is not stopping the Rebels from getting a jumpstart on their preparation for their Nov. 22 game against Arkansas. (November 13, 2014, Page 6A)

Rebels overwhelm Presbyterian College in rout

No. 12 Ole Miss jumped on its lone Football Championship Subdivision opponent of the season, got its backups a ton of snaps and overwhelmed Presbyterian College for a 48-0 win in front of 60,546 fans clad mostly in red and blue. Ole Miss (8-2 overall) had a handful of starters sitting with injuries, but it didn’t stop the Rebels from turning in gobs of big plays against the overmatched Blue Hose (5-5) and ending a two-game losing streak heading into its second bye week of the season. (November 9, 2014, Page 1B)

COLUMN: Easy win follows script for OM

That was easy enough. Ole Miss showed no signs of a hangover after a pair of heart-stopping losses that could’ve made it hard for anybody to blame the Rebels if they did come out lethargic against an opponent they were going to beat by however many points they wanted to anyway. (November 9, 2014, Page 1B)

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