Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt was visibly excited to talk about the start of the 2011 season on Thursday. One of the main reasons for his upbeat attitude revolves around his strong group of freshmen and newcomers that officially reported to campus for the start of summer drills that begin on Saturday.
With the exception of two newcomers — defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche and defensive end Kameron Wood — the remaining members of the class were ready to start work Nutt said.
A third signee, Taylorsville standout linebacker Marcus Mayers, did not qualify academically. (August 5, 2011, Page 8A)
Freshmen football players officially report to camp at Ole Miss today. The talented class, that earned a consensus top 20 ranking by recruiting services, have been working out together since the first summer school session started and demonstrating how close they are as a group during those workouts.
Ole Miss head strength coach Don Decker has seen how hard this year’s group of freshmen and newcomers have worked and said that based on what he has seen from them the last few months, this class is worthy of the accolades. (August 4, 2011, Page 6)
A prevailing theme from the Ole Miss players who have been on campus throughout the summer, working out and improving their bodies for the upcoming 2011 football season, has been how challenging the workouts have been.
For Ole Miss strength coach Don Decker, who has heard the same feedback from the players and his staff, the goals heading into the offseason were to get the Rebels in better physical shape while also creating better unity. Based on how the workouts progressed heading into the start of camp, the consensus is the team is in better shape physically and in better harmony with one another, arguably the biggest byproduct of the offseason conditioning work Decker said. (August 3, 2011, Page 8)
The recruitment of Long Beach standout Richie Brown has taken quite a different turn over the course of the last month.
Chase Robison is tired of hearing coaches say they still need to “evaluate” him.
The 6-foot-4, 228-pound defensive end from Christian Brothers (Memphis) worked out at Ole Miss’ senior day on Saturday and felt he really made the case that he should earn a scholarship offer. (more…) (July 29, 2011, Page 8A)
Deborah Patterson writes to thank all involved with the 2011 Women’s Football Forum at Ole Miss and to mention a local teacher she learned more about at the event. (July 29, 2011, Page 4A)
VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt lives for football and as a result of his passion for the sport, he has no trouble answering questions from TV reporters about the upcoming football season,including him being on the hot seat. (more…) (July 28, 2011)
On June 4 Austin Ray trekked south from Columbia, Mo., to Oxford to participate in one of Ole Miss’ football camps.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end impressed the coaching staff enough to garner his first offer from a FBS program.
COLUMN: One of the most inspirational and devoted football players to play at Ole Miss is ready for a new chapter in his life.
Jason Cook, a former fullback under coaches David Cutcliffe, Ed Orgeron and current coach Houston Nutt, will be leaving Oxford Saturday for Birmingham, Ala., to start a three-year journey that will culminate with a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School. (more…) (July 28, 2011, Page 8A)
Masoli inked with the San Francisco 49ers as a running back, while Cornell signed with the Tennessee Titans as a linebacker. According to the Twitter account of former Ole Miss cornerback Jeremy McGee, the New Orleans native has been signed to a free agent deal by the New York Jets this morning. (more…) (July 28, 2011, Page 8A)