Missed assignments, general miscues and turnovers continued to plague the Ole Miss Rebels at the most important times of their 28-14 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The Rebels (1-2 overall, 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference) lost their second home game of the season by playing unsound football at the most critical times of the game. Instead of jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter on a wide-open pass play, the Rebels, and more specifically tight end Ferbia Allen, found a way to let the opportunity drop through their fingers.
It may not be quite time to hit the panic button for the Ole Miss Rebels, but the situation they find themselves in is far, far from ideal.
No team wants to lose its first two home games of the season especially in the manner the Rebels have done so. General miscues, which include missed assignments and turnovers, continued to hurt a team that is less talented than the first two coach Houston Nutt has led. (more…) (September 20, 2010, Page 1B)
Ole Miss’ offensive line continued to have its struggles in Saturday’s 28-14 loss to Vanderbilt at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The line was unable to gain a consistent push on short yardage plays in the first half which led to another shuffle in personnel. Redshirt freshman Michael Brown started the game at right guard but he was replaced in the second quarter by junior Logan Clair.
Offensive line coach Mike Markuson, who also serves as the team’s co-offensive coordinator, said he was planning to play both Brown and Clair and that after Brown gave up a sack, he thought it was time to make a change. (September 20, 2010, Page 2B)
Prior to Robbie Caldwell’s postgame press conference Saturday the first-year Vanderbilt coach felt compelled to apologize for being drenched, although none was needed.
With seconds remaining in Vanderbilt’s 28-14 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday, Caldwell was doused by senior defensive tackle Adam Smotherman with a cooler full of Gatorade.
Never had a shower felt so good. (September 20, 2010, Page 2B)
Hello from sunny Oxford, where the 1-1 Ole Miss Rebels are set to face the 0-2 Vanderbilt Commodores.
Ole Miss enters today’s game fresh off of s 27-13 victory over Tulane in New Orleans, while the Commodores come to Oxford with having lost to No. 15 LSU 27-3. (more…) (September 18, 2010)
Local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back at the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football series, writing about the first few meetings between the two schools and then taking a look at a notable 1947 meeting when John Vaught’s Rebels overcame an early-season loss to the Commodores to win the Southeastern Conference championship. (September 17, 2010, Page 4B)
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)
Ole Miss’ first full practice following its win over Tulane seemed to please coach Houston Nutt, who has been touting the importance of correcting mistakes under positive conditions since Saturday night. (September 15, 2010, Page 8)
Improvement was a key word used by Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt during his weekly press conference Monday afternoon. After opening the season with a double overtime loss to Jacksonville State, the Rebels were able to secure a win at Tulane. The victory, Nutt said, will give his team some needed confidence and make practices a little easier to handle moving forward as they prepare for the start of Southeastern Conference play. (September 14, 2010, Page 7)
Following Lafayette’s 28-6 victory over the Itawamba-AHS Indians I got a chance to catch up with Ole Miss commit Maikhail Miller.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound quarterback had physically just gone through hell but took the time to talk about the game and where he stands with Ole Miss. (more…) (September 13, 2010)