The fall ball season offers the Ole Miss head baseball coach the opportunity to begin molding the team without the pressure of facing opponents.
In addition to getting a fresh start after a disappointing season in the spring, the Rebels welcome a plethora of new players — nine of which were drafted but opted to come to Oxford — into the fold. (September 16, 2011, Page 6A)
While Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco said it was nice to see them, he cautioned not to expect to see them very often during the fall considering they have other — more timely — obligations to the football team. (September 16, 2011, Page 6A)
There was a point in time four years ago when Marcus Temple didn’t know if he would see much playing time in Ole Miss’ secondary. Coming from Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy as a walk-on, Temple was the “extra” guy on the roster that would likely help out more on special teams than in the defensive backfield.
That assessment of Temple’s potential contribution to the Rebels was underestimated thanks in large part to his desire to be much more than just a role player. (August 24, 2011, Page 9)
Recent injuries to the defensive line haven’t been a bad thing for Ole Miss senior Justin Smith.
While Smith doesn’t want to see his teammates get hurt and miss extensive amounts of time, the lack of depth, coupled with his work this summer, led him to one of the starting tackle spots Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Smith is the most experienced of all the interior linemen and now with Gilbert Pena missing time with a broken hand and Uriah Grant still nursing a pulled groin, Smith’s experience is coming up big right now for coach Houston Nutt. (August 18, 2011, Page 2B)
Ole Miss kicked its practice up a notch on Tuesday with game situations in mind. (August 17, 2011, Page 6)
The wild roller coaster that surrounded the Boston Red Sox late courtship of dual-sport standout Senquez Golson finally came to an end Monday night with the passing of Major League Baseball’s midnight (ET) deadline for drafted players to sign professional contracts.
Golson, who had been practicing with the Gridiron Rebels up until flying to Boston early Monday, turned down at least one offer of $1.3 million according to RebelGrove.com to retain his amateur status.
It was believed all along that Golson’s decision would go down to the wire, so much so that following Monday’s football practice Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt asked reporters if there was any news. (August 16, 2011, Page 8)
Aaron Morris hasn’t wasted any time making an impression on the Rebels’ coaching staff.
After showing out during Ole Miss’ first preseason scrimmage on Saturday, the freshman offensive lineman worked at left guard with the first team during Monday’s scrimmage. (August 16, 2011, Page 8)
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)
BLOG: Ole Miss freshman cornerback Senquez Golson has made quite the impression on the coaching staff since his arrival in Oxford.
Several times his play has led to Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt saying he doesn’t perform like a first-year player. (more…) (August 13, 2011)
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)