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Liggins focuses on ‘being the best tackle I can be’

Jeremy Liggins didn’t put up a fight. When Ole Miss’ coaches approached the rising junior about moving to yet another position before spring practice started, one where he would go from having a chance to touch the football on any given play to having no shot, Liggins didn’t plead to stay put. He did what the Rebels needed him to do — and what he may have needed to do for his future. (April 9, 2015, Page 6, 7)

Rebels drop weight, transform bodies

Hugh Freeze knew if he wanted more from some of his key contributors while developing quality depth behind them, Ole Miss’ football coach was going to have to trim the excess fat. Literally. With the help of sports dietitian Frank Newell, head athletic trainer Pat Jernigan and strength coach Paul Jackson, the Rebels have gotten leaner this spring and improved their endurance to better keep up in Freeze’s up-tempo practices. (April 6, 2015, Page 7)

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)

Rebels’ young linemen getting extended looks

It makes sense for Ben Still, Justin Bell and Fahn Cooper to be working as starters on Ole Miss’ offensive line this spring since each held that role a season ago. But lining up directly behind them — and sometimes to the side — are three freshmen, a sophomore and a converted tight end among others. (March 26, 2015, Page 6)

Injuries piling up for Ole Miss during ‘physical’ spring

Ole Miss’ football team is hurting. The Rebels are going through their third week of spring practice with many of their first- and second-stringers watching from the sideline. Most of the injuries are on the offensive side of the ball as an offensive line that ended the 2014 season banged up continues to be depleted while the three quarterbacks vying to replace Bo Wallace have limited receivers to target. (March 25, 2015, Page 6)

Rebels’ Morris to miss bowl game

Aaron Morris won’t play in Ole Miss’ bowl game. The Rebels’ left guard has a torn ACL in his left knee, head coach Hugh Freeze said. It’s the same injury that cost Morris, a redshirt junior, all but one game last season. Morris has started 11 games this year. (December 16, 2014, Page 6)

Rebels’ offensive line back at full strength for Hogs

It’s been 32 days and 12 quarters since each member of Ole Miss’ first-team offensive line has taken a snap together. Those streaks are about to come to an end. (November 20, 2014, Page 6A)

Rebels to get another test from Hogs’ physical run game

Ole Miss has seen its share of brute strength from opponents’ running games this season. The Rebels are getting ready to go against the strongest of them all. (November 19, 2014, Page 1B, 3B)

Freeze not concerned with scoreboard Saturday

For obvious reasons, it has been a tough week for No. 12 Ole Miss to remain motivated. After five straight weeks of preparing for a Southeastern Conference opponent, the Rebels are spending this week preparing for Saturday’s game against Presbyterian (11 a.m., SEC Network) before entering their final bye week of the season. (November 6, 2014, Page 7A)

NOTEBOOK: Injuries hurt Rebels in loss

BATON ROUGE, La. — The injury bug struck Ole Miss with a vengeance Saturday night in the thirdranked Rebels’ 10-7 loss to No. 24 LSU. (October 26, 2014, Page 1B)

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