OXFORD TOWN – Each year in Oxford Town’s Welcome Back Rebel issue, The Oxford Eagle sports guys (John Davis and Patrick Ochs) preview the Rebels’ upcoming fall season in sports including Rebel Football, Lady Rebel Volleyball and Lady Rebel Soccer. This year is no exception as the guys lay it all out on the line in their previews and predictions. Get your season started right by checking out Pages 16, 18 and 21 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (August 18, 2011, Page 16, 18, 26)
While news of freshman cornerback Senquez Golson negotiating with the Boston Red Sox dominated discussion following Ole Miss’ first scrimmage of the preseason, there was actually football played at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The quarterbacks have had an up and down week of practice and didn’t buck that trend on Saturday.
Of the three vying for the starting job, only Zack Stoudt threw a touchdown pass (a 25-yard pass to freshman receiver Donte Moncrief in single coverage).
Also, none of the three completed more than a third of the passes they attempted. (August 15, 2011, Page 1B)
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt saw some positives gained in the workout, but he did admit that the team looked tired at the end of the workout which meant drills weren’t as crisp as he wanted.
“We got to get a little tougher. The pads added a little extra weight on them today. They got a little tired there towards the end,” Nutt said. “We’ve had a good few days though. We’ve put a lot of learning, a lot of installs in, a lot of thinking, so you find out a lot about them, especially our younger people. I’ve been really proud of them. (August 11, 2011, Page 1B)
Following Ole Miss’ first practice in shoulder pads, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said he was impressed with how his linemen pushed up the field, especially on the ends where four players were credited with getting good pressure on quarterbacks Barry Brunetti, Randall Mackey and Zack Stoudt. (August 9, 2011, Page 6)
Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt and his staff got National Signing Day off to a great start today as they received letters of intent from 18 players. Leading the list of standout players from Mississippi were South Panola wide receiver Nickolas Brassell (6-foot-1, 175 pounds, 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash), Philadelphia linebacker C.J. Johnson (6-3, 243, 4.63), Madison Central wideout Tobias Singleton (6-0, 185, 4.38) and Raleigh wide receiver Donte Moncrief (6-2, 200). (more…) (February 2, 2011, Page 6)
Chris Vaughn, Ole Miss’ recruiting coordinator for football, said four months ago at Ole Miss’ Media Day that he prefers to be in hunt mode when it comes to landing a recruit rather than protecting the verbal commitments he and the rest of the staff have already secured.
At the time, the Rebels had 14 verbal commitments and were about to garner another five before the 2010 season even started.
Vaughn and the rest of the staff have continued to gain commitments since that point, including the signatures of four junior college players earlier this month, but Vaughn will have to fight hard to regain a couple of players from Florida, the state that Vaughn has done a great job of recruiting since he arrived in Oxford. (December 23, 2010, Page 7A)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Ole Miss’ need to find linebackers for the 2011 season got a boost as a prep standout from Florida said he wanted to play for the Rebels and coach Houston Nutt in the future. (more…) (December 22, 2010)