Expect to see some changes for the Ole Miss defense in Saturday’s Homecoming game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said following Wednesday’s practice at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that D.T. Shackelford, normally a linebacker, will start at defensive end with Gerald Rivers out of action.
Jonathan Cornell, meanwhile, will start at middle linebacker only if he’s healthy enough to go. Right now, Cornell doesn’t appear to be at a point where that would happen and Nix said Mike Marry would make the start there if he is told Cornell can’t go. (November 4, 2010, Page 7)
Ole Miss begins its final month of the regular season Saturday with its annual Homecoming game. The Rebels need to win three of the final four games to gain bowl eligibility, a tough task for any team let alone one that has struggled with its consistency and has yet to play a complete game.
Rebel coach Houston Nutt talked about where his team was heading into the final month during his weekly press conference Monday. (November 2, 2010, Page 8)
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Twenty-seven seconds into Saturday’s game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt’s desire for his Rebels to upset the No. 1 team in the BCS Standings, the Auburn Tigers, looked pretty good.
Freshman running back Jeff Scott had just reeled off an 83-yard run down the Ole Miss sideline for a touchdown at that point and the fifth-largest crowd in stadium history of 61,474 was roaring with approval.
But just as quickly as Rebel fans could get into their “Yell O” rhythm on defense, Auburn was moving right back down the field to score the first of six touchdowns in an eventual 51-31 win.
Led by super-standout quarterback Cam Newton, the Tigers shredded the Rebels for 71 yards on six plays that first drive. Newton completed three straight passes to get across the 50-yard line, while running back Onterio McCalebb’s 15-yard run got the Tigers into the red zone.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn then sent a message to the Rebels about how the game would eventually play out as they sent Newton out wide to catch his first touchdown of the season. (November 1, 2010, Page 1B)
Just how good is Auburn quarterback Cam Newton? That was the question that Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix attempted to answer prior to the Rebels’ game with the No. 3 Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The plan heading into the contest was to stop Newton from running, from beating the Rebels with his legs like he has so many other teams this year.
Nix’s plan worked as the Rebels held Newton to 45 yards on 11 carries and no touchdowns. But Newton was effective in a lot of other ways for the Tigers, who piled up 51 points and 572 yards, both season highs allowed for the Rebels. (November 1, 2010, Page 1B)
In the No. 3 Tigers’ 51-31 win over Ole Miss on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, it was the young running back duo of freshman Michael Dyer and sophomore Onterio McCalebb that did the bulk of the work on the ground, rushing for a combined 279 yards and two scores on 30 carries.
Newton pointed to Ole Miss’ game plan as for why his backs were able to have big days. (November 1, 2010, Page 2B)
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Stopping Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with a full complement of players is going to be tough enough for the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday. Now, the Rebels may have to do it without the help of their second leading tackler in free safety Damien Jackson.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said he was unsure if Jackson would play against the Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the BCS Standings, after sustaining an injury at Arkansas. (October 27, 2010, Page 10)
Improving on the mistakes made in the loss at Arkansas and getting ready for the No. 1 team in the BCS standings isn’t an ideal scenario for the Ole Miss Rebels, but it’s one coach Houston Nutt will have to try and help his team overcome Saturday.
The Rebels host the undefeated Auburn Tigers (8-0 overall, 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday evening coming off of a 14-point loss to the Razorbacks that could have possibly gone the Rebels’ way if they did a better job of minimizing mistakes. (October 26, 2010, Page 8)