Several players in attendance said the team became too relaxed with its 21-point lead at half time and in doing so, “let go of the rope.”
Looking back, sophomore linebacker D.T. Shackelford said he hopes the team can learn from its mistakes moving forward. (September 8, 2010, Page 8)
Kentrell Lockett is always an easy-going guy. He likes to joke, keep things loose and most of all smile.
On Monday when he met with members of the media at the Indoor Practice Facility to discuss what the previous week had been like, it was obvious he had been through a lot.
Lockett, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound native of Hahnville, La., wasn’t just talking about football; He was talking about life, and more specifically, how his life was almost altered. (September 7, 2010, Page 6)
After holding Jacksonville State’s offense to just three points — the Gamecocks touchdown in the first half was scored by the defense — and 70 yards in the opening 30 minutes of play, the Rebels defense was shredded by JSU in the second half and subsequent overtime period.
Ole Miss ended up allowing 355 total yards, 21 points in the fourth quarter and 15 points in the overtime periods, including a 30-yard touchdown pass from Coty Blanchard to Kevyn Cooper on a fourth-and-15 situation and the game-clinching two-point conversion. (September 6, 2010, Page 1B)
Sunday was a day of heavy evaluation for Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt and his staff. Besides getting back to the practice field to correct things physically, Nutt was able to talk about Saturday’s 49-48 loss to Jacksonville State in double overtime a little better after watching the tape.
“I thought we played a very good first half of football. The second half of the third quarter and fourth quarter was not good. We’ve got to be better, we’ve got to be better with our eyes, assignments, tackling, the whole bit,” Nutt said. “We did not play well, we didn’t make plays on the ball and along with that you can’t turn the ball over. We felt the momentum slipping away as the game went into the fourth quarter and we had a real lull offensively as well. We had some turnovers at critical times that really hurt us.” (September 6, 2010, Page 3B)
Hello from beautiful Oxford, where the weather is in the high 70s and there’s not a cloud in the sky. Kickoff against Jacksonville State is set for 2:35 p.m. (more…) (September 4, 2010)
Tuesday’s practice session was more subdued than normal for the Ole Miss Rebels, who not only had to deal with the NCAA’s unfavorable ruling on Jeremiah Masoli, but also cope with the loss of one their team captains in senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Lockett will miss Saturday’s season opener against Jacksonville State to deal with a rhythm problem in his heart that was first detected during Saturday’s scrimmage.
Nutt said Lockett was flown to Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday to meet with heart rhythm specialist.
He said it was tough on the players to have to practice without a vocal leader like Lockett and to know that he wouldn’t be available for the opener. (September 1, 2010, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — One of the leaders of the Ole Miss defense, senior end Kentrell Lockett, will miss Saturday’s season opener against Jacksonville State due to an irregular heartbeat. (more…) (August 31, 2010)
With Jeremiah Masoli still awaiting clearance for a transfer from the NCAA, Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt said Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey will take most of the snaps in practice as preparation continues for Saturday’s season-opener against Jacksonville State. (August 31, 2010, Page 6)
The Ole Miss football team kicked off the first game week of the season by announcing its 2010 team captains Sunday night in a team meeting at the Overby Center on campus.
The captains, which were voted on by the players last weekend, include WR Lionel Breaux (New Orleans, La.), S Johnny Brown (Charleston), LB Jonathan Cornell (Azusa, Calif.), DE Kentrell Lockett (Hahnville, La.) and DT Jerrell Powe (Waynesboro). (more…) (August 30, 2010, Page 3B)
The pros are playing exhibition games, the local high schools have all posted an official victory and the Ole Miss Rebels play in just a week. With all kinds of football going on, Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at some of the talk he’s heard about the 2010 season. (August 27, 2010, Page 4A)