Hugh Freeze’s second full spring as Ole Miss head coach was a lot different than his first and so was the annual Grove Bowl game. Injuries to some key players such as quarterback Bo Wallace, wide receiver Donte Moncrief an defensive end C.J. Johnson prevented Freeze and his staff holding a traditional spring football game Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (more…) (April 15, 2013, Page 9)
Hugh Freeze knew his first spring game as Ole Miss’ football coach couldn’t end in a tie. Instead of the annual BancorpSouth Grove Bowl ending in a 17-17 deadlock Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Freeze gave each squad a chance to score in an overtime setting. (more…) (April 23, 2012, Page 1B)
Three of the biggest weekends of the year in Oxford – outside of home game football weekends and baseball regionals – are coming up in the next month. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of what’s going on with Grove Bowl Week, the Double Decker Arts Festival and graduation at Ole Miss. (April 18, 2012, Page 4)
Ole Miss’ annual Grove Bowl game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday was more about defining roles and the team moving forward into summer drills with some defined leaders taking charge. (more…) (April 18, 2011, Page 4B)
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)
A dominating spring by the Ole Miss defense was replaced by a solid offensive show by the offense and quarterbacks Nathan Stanley and Raymond Cotton Saturday during the annual Grove Bowl at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Both quarterbacks, who have battled all spring to replace the departed Jevan Snead, had their moments in the Blue team’s 49-28 win over the Red squad. (April 19, 2010, Page 1B)
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)
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)
THE GODFREY SHOW – This is Dexter McCluster. The waterbug. The scatback. The X-man. The Wild Rebel. The savior of an impostor offense in 2009. He’s also the undersized draft risk, an offensive tweener thought to be too small to withstand life as a primary (or even changeup/third down) tailback in the league and too much of an unknown at receiver. See what Godfrey has to say about Dexter’s draft chances on The Godfrey Show in this week’s Oxford Town. (April 15, 2010, Page 12)