A fresh start in a state made famous for its football is what awaits former Oxford High standout Derrick Williams. The 2008 EAGLE Player of the Year committed to play football at the University of Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. Williams will leave Oxford Wednesday to begin his career as a Maverick under the direction of coach Pat Behrns.
Williams got a call from Behrns late last week and decided that his future would be best suited in Omaha despite not taking a visit to the campus. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)
The uncertainty surrounding Ole Miss’ quarterbacks appears to have been laid to rest — at least for now.
On Sunday, former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli confirmed that he plans to join the Ole Miss football team this fall as a walk on.
“I’m excited to get another chance,” Masoli told Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples on Sunday. “I’m so grateful and thankful.
“I can’t wait to play some SEC ball, to be honest with you.” (August 2, 2010, Page 6)
A court date has been set in the case against Ole Miss sophomore running back Rodney Scott stemming from an on-campus altercation with a fellow student.
On Tuesday, in Scott’s initial appearance, Scott pleaded not guilty to disturbing the peace and Justice Court Judge Johnny Wayne McLarty assigned a trial date of Oct. 4. (July 30, 2010, Page 6A)
Strength and conditioning are two keys to having a successful football team each fall and two of the big reasons why the Rebels have won back-to-back Cotton Bowl titles. (July 30, 2010, Page 6A)
Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has applied for admittance into Ole Miss’ park and recreation management masters program. (more…) (July 29, 2010)
The Ole Miss football team had high school seniors practically banging down the door to the Indoor Practice Facility last week, but if the Rebels want the signature of one of the top two-way players in the country, they’re going to have to wait a while longer.
Nickalos Brassell, the speedy cornerback/receiver from South Panola, is in no rush to decide his future and said last week that he plans on going through the whole recruiting process and does not plan on committing to a college until his senior season is over. (July 28, 2010, Page 8)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — It would be really, really easy to sit here and criticize Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt for entertaining the idea of securing the services of jettisoned Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. (more…) (July 27, 2010)
Ole Miss’ depth at quarterback took a hit over the weekend when redshirt freshman Raymond Cotton announced he was leaving the team. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Cotton made his decision public Saturday after reportedly wrangling over staying with the Rebels or leaving with his parents’ help.
Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt was hoping Cotton would decide to stay with the team and compete for the starting quarterback job like he did this past spring when he met with the media Friday at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days. Nutt seemed optimistic about Cotton staying with the team, especially if he would listen to his father and mother who both wanted him to remain in Oxford. (July 26, 2010, Page 6)
There comes a point where you may begin to bargain with yourself.
A week ago former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was someone else’s problem, a kid that you had pegged as someone with questionable character.
In the recent days, however, with the news that strong-armed quarterback Raymond Cotton plans to leave the Ole Miss football program, you may have found yourself wondering to yourself just how bad Masoli really is.
Now, because of Cotton’s decision to transfer — coupled with the uncertainty of Nathan Stanley as the de facto signal caller — you begin to bargain with yourself. (July 26, 2010, Page 6)
The answers given by the Ole Miss players regarding whether quarterback Raymond Cotton should stay with the team or not predicted the outcome even before Cotton’s final decision was made on Saturday.
Cotton, for better or worse, decided to leave Ole Miss after just one season on the team for what he believes will be a better opportunity for him to play right away.
Answers to questions are rarely sugarcoated by Ole Miss senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett and that was evident in the way he responded to the Cotton situation on Friday at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days. (July 26, 2010, Page 6)