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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rishaw Johnson

MSU hurts Rebels with screen passes

In Ole Miss’ victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on homecoming, the Ragin Cajuns ran a string of halfback screen passes that hurt the Rebels for short gains until they adapted.

On Saturday, the screen pass wasn’t used as much, but when the Mississippi State Bulldogs did call the screen, they were able to hit home runs twice.

The go-to player for Mississippi State on the screen plays was freshman running back LaDarius Perkins, who finished the game with three receptions for a game-high 140 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 98 yards rushing. (November 29, 2010, Page 1B)

Davis looking for big gains from OM backs

In Ole Miss’ offense under Houston Nutt, running backs have to learn to share.

All-Americans Darren McFadden and Felix Jones had to do it at Arkansas and now Enrique Davis, a former prep star, is learning how to do it.

While Davis was a standout in high school and at prep school, he admitted on Monday that he wasn’t surprised when he got to Ole Miss and found out that he would be one of several running backs to get carries.

The committee approach is something Davis said he has come to appreciate and understand. (September 17, 2010, Page 6A)

Rishaw Johnson dismissed from Ole Miss football team

Following Thursday’s practice Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt confirmed that offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson has been dismissed from the football team and backup linebacker Brandon Sanders has been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules. (more…) (September 9, 2010)

Nutt, Rebels moving forward after loss

Two days have now past since Jacksonville State’s monumental upset of the Ole Miss Rebels. For Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, the time in between the loss and the start of work for Saturday’s opponent, Tulane, couldn’t have been more relevant as he and his staff try to get the Rebels headed back in the right direction.

Nutt said that Sunday’s practice and film work that preceded the practice was very quiet. (September 7, 2010, Page 6)

Rebels rumble with full pads on

Ole Miss wore full pads for the first time during the preseason Thursday and the offensive line took full advantage of the additional protection.

Coach Houston Nutt said he was proud of how his first team offensive line, specifically Alex Washington, Bradley Sowell, A.J. Hawkins and Rishaw Johnson, stepped up. (August 13, 2010, Page 6A)

Observations from practice No. 5

Ole Miss wore full pads for the first time during the preseason today and the offensive line took full advantage of the additional protection.

(more…) (August 12, 2010)

Rebel O getting frustrated by defense

Shortly after the Ole Miss defense stopped another play for a minimal gain during Monday’s spring practice session, senior end Kentrell Lockett told running back Rodney Scott he knew what play the offense was going to run.

Whether Lockett really meant what he said or not, his message was clear: the Rebel defense can shut down most anything the offense is throwing their way. (April 6, 2010, Page 8)

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