Headlines throughout the spring have repeatedly asked who will fill the shoes of quarterback Jevan Snead, running back Dexter McCluster and the three offensive linemen who have all graduated and are poised to play on the next level.
But one vacated position that has flown somewhat under the radar is that of cornerback.
With Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn having graduated, the Rebels are faced with the tough task of replacing two experienced cornerbacks.
On Saturday, redshirt freshman Charles Sawyer showed Ole Miss fans and coaches alike why he might be the perfect guy to step up and start at cornerback opposite Jeremy McGee or Marcus Temple. (April 19, 2010, Page 2B)
It’s been no surprise that Ole Miss’ most experienced unit, the defensive line, set the tone during the first week of spring drills.
The Rebels’ first scrimmage on Friday at Vaught Hemingway Stadium was no different as the unit of Jerrell Powe, Lawon Scott, Ted Laurent, Kentrell Lockett, Wayne Dorsey and others made life difficult on the youthful offensive line and quarterbacks. (April 5, 2010, Page 7A)
While it’s no secret that the Ole Miss defense has been the standout unit on the practice field this spring, the Rebel offense has slowly been making strides. (March 31, 2010, Page 9)
For the first time this spring the Ole Miss football Rebels strapped on their pads on Monday for Day 3 of practice.
With the Rebels still getting their feet wet after over two months away from the gridiron, errors weren’t few and far in between. (March 30, 2010, Page 9)
THE GODFREY SHOW – Behold! Placebo Football! As the Ole Miss football team prepares for spring practice and the “fake” football season, the quarterback issue heats up in a big way. With the exodus of Jevan Snead, three QBs stand out as candidates for the starting position: Nathan Stanley, Raymond Cotton and Juco transfer Randall Mackey. Oxford Town sports columnist Steven Godfrey dissects the issue and leaves no stones unturned this week as the annual Red Blue game creeps up on the team and fans everywhere. (March 26, 2010, Page 11)
There are several questions that need to be answered for the Ole Miss Rebels heading into the 2010 football season and the 15 spring practices at the disposal of coach Houston Nutt will go a ways to help clearing some of those up. (March 26, 2010, Page 7A)
AROUND THE SQUARE — After a four-year hiatus from college football, Dave Rader was announced last week as Ole Miss’ next offensive coordinator. This past weekend he met with the media to discuss his decision to return to coaching rather than switch to politics.
In other around-the-square news, credit goes to Saints coach Sean Payton for his team’s win over the Colts in the Super Bowl, and the Ole Miss men fall out of the Top 25. (February 9, 2010, Page 9)
OLE MISS FOOTBALL — Ole Miss junior quarterback Jevan Snead has opted to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. As a junior, Snead passed for 2,762 yards and 26 touchdowns with a FBS-high 20 interceptions. Remaining QBs on the roster include redshirt freshman Nathan Stanley and freshmen Raymond Cotton and Clayton Moore. (January 8, 2010, Page 8A)
OLE MISS FOOTBALL — Offensive coordinator Kent Austin has already started thinking about life without Dexter McCluster and Shay Hodge. (January 4, 2010, Page 3B)
OLE MISS FOOTBALL—Senior running back Dexter McCluster became the first player in Southeastern Conference history to rush for 1,000-plus yards and receive 500-plus yards in a season during Ole Miss’ 21-7 victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Saturday. (January 4, 2010, Page 1B)