THE GODFREY SHOW – Late in the third quarter of Saturday’s Grove Bowl the realization hit that spring football in the South must be similar to the crackling atmosphere of a ACC tilt between Maryland and NC State in late October: About 25,000 disinterested fans and families lounging in a cavernous, fairly empty football stadium under blue skies and no humidity. See what Oxford Town’s sports columnist Steven Godfrey has to say about the Rebels as they wrap up their spring training. (April 22, 2010, Page 12)
Redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton is at a crossroads in his Ole Miss playing career. While Cotton performed well this spring in his attempt to become the starter under center in 2010, his health may not allow him to compete for the starting job in the summer.
Medical examinations recently showed that Cotton has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and the prognosis for his recovery, at least long term, is surgery. Whether that surgery, which could sideline him for up to six months, happens before the upcoming season or after the season in January remains to be decided. (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)
This is LONG, long, long overdue, so sorry about that… Got side tracked with some other things, but found this interview with redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton on my recorder the other day. The interview took place about two weeks ago at the Indoor Practice Facility.
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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 — Jevan Snead leaving Ole Miss will be a blow to the Rebels in 2010. Not only do the Rebels need Snead, he needs the them as well. (January 8, 2010)