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October 29, 2012

The Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 30-27 on Saturday on the foot of senior Bryson Rose’s 31-yard field goal as time expired. While Rose was carried off the field in triumph, the Rebels’ second-straight Southeastern Conference victory was much more than a one-man job.

 
The Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 30-27 on Saturday on the foot of senior Bryson Rose’s 31-yard field goal as time expired. While Rose was carried off the field in triumph, the Rebels’ second-straight Southeastern Conference victory was much more than a one-man job.
 

October 27, 2012

Bryson Rose kicked a 31-yard field goal to win the game for Ole Miss, 30-27. Bo Wallace was 29-of-37 for 278 yards and a touchdown to lead the Rebels. Ole Miss improves to 5-3, 2-2 in Southeastern Conference play, with games against Georgia, Vanderbilt, LSU and Mississippi State remaining on the schedule.

 
Things got off to a rough start for Ole Miss in Little Rock with Arkansas scoring on their first drive on a 22-yard field goal by Zach Hocker. The Rebels' first drive stalled and they were forced to punt. Then the Razorbacks struck again when quarterback Tyler Wilson found tight end Chris Gragg from 42 yards out. The Razorbacks went 85 yards in nine plays and took 3:35 off the clock.
 

October 25, 2012

 
A quarterback is looked at to command the offense and establish himself as a leader both in the huddle and in the locker room. Sophomore Bo Wallace has done just that in his first season at Ole Miss. The Pulaski, Tenn., native has been welcomed with open arms to the football team and has taken over as the Rebel’s leader under center.

 
A quarterback is looked at to command the offense and establish himself as a leader both in the huddle and in the locker room. Sophomore Bo Wallace has done just that in his first season at Ole Miss. The Pulaski, Tenn., native has been welcomed with open arms to the football team and has taken over as the Rebel’s leader under center.
 

October 23, 2012

 
Ole Miss will be facing off with one of the Southeastern Conference’s most powerful offenses in Arkansas this weekend. The Rebels (4-3, 1-2 SEC) will be forced to stop senior quarterback Tyler Wilson, who leads the SEC in passing yards per game (326.2 ypg), and senior receiver Cobi Hamilton, who leads the SEC in receiving yards per game (107.7 ypg).

 
Ole Miss will be facing off with one of the Southeastern Conference’s most powerful offenses in Arkansas this weekend. The Rebels (4-3, 1-2 SEC) will be forced to stop senior quarterback Tyler Wilson, who leads the SEC in passing yards per game (326.2 ypg), and senior receiver Cobi Hamilton, who leads the SEC in receiving yards per game (107.7 ypg).
 

October 23, 2012

 
Double teams are usually reserved for veteran defensive linemen who have both the physical presence and a multitude of pass-rushing moves to beat an offensive lineman in different ways. 
 
With that said, you can imagine Issac Gross’ surprise when Auburn came out and put double teams on the undersized but quick freshman defensive tackle. 

 
Double teams are usually reserved for veteran defensive linemen who have both the physical presence and a multitude of pass-rushing moves to beat an offensive lineman in different ways. 
 
With that said, you can imagine Issac Gross’ surprise when Auburn came out and put double teams on the undersized but quick freshman defensive tackle. 
 

October 8, 2012

 
In the week leading up to this past Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze spoke about his team needing to take the next step.

 
In the week leading up to this past Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze spoke about his team needing to take the next step.
 
That step, he said, was “to get into the fourth quarter with some of these conference opponents that are really good teams and us learn from that regardless of the outcome.”
 

September 26, 2012

 
Fresh off his first career start this past Saturday against Tulane, Ole Miss freshman safety Trae Elston is headed for a homecoming of sorts. 

 
Fresh off his first career start this past Saturday against Tulane, Ole Miss freshman safety Trae Elston is headed for a homecoming of sorts. 
 
The Oxford, Ala., native said the good-natured ribbing has already begun via text messages from friends back home in preparation for Saturday’s Alabama game in Tuscaloosa. 
 
“I’ve pretty much gotten a few text messages,” Elston said. “A lot of my friends go to Alabama, and they talk a few trash words and all that. Not too much.”

September 23, 2012

 
NEW ORLEANS — After giving up 66 points and 676 total yards to Texas, the Ole Miss defense bounced back and held Tulane to 159 yards of total offense, including just 14 yards on the ground, in a 39-0 win on Saturday.

 
NEW ORLEANS — After giving up 66 points and 676 total yards to Texas, the Ole Miss defense bounced back and held Tulane to 159 yards of total offense, including just 14 yards on the ground, in a 39-0 win on Saturday.
 
Ole Miss also forced three turnovers and held Tulane to 2-of-16 on third-down conversions and 1-of-5 on fourth-down conversions.
 

September 20, 2012

 
In this week’s edition of a weekly feature, The Daily Mississippian football beat writers Bennett Hipp and Matt Sigler, sports editor David Collier and managing editor Austin Miller answer four questions regarding the week’s matchup.

 
1. How do you think Tulane handles the adversity of playing their first game after the serious injury to Devon Walker?
 
Bennett Hipp (@bennetthipp): I think it'll be very emotional for them as they get back in the swing of things for the first time since the injury. I don't expect the game to be very close, but I'd be shocked if Tulane gave Ole Miss anything but its best shot as they honor Walker. 
 

September 18, 2012

 
Ole Miss went back to work Tuesday afternoon in the Indoor Practice Facility after suffering its first loss of the season to Texas 66-31 this past Saturday.

 
Ole Miss went back to work Tuesday afternoon in the Indoor Practice Facility after suffering its first loss of the season to Texas 66-31 this past Saturday.
 
Head coach Hugh Freeze was anxious to see how his team would respond, and he was pleased with what he described as one of their most productive practices of the season.
 

September 17, 2012

 
With the Texas game behind them, Ole Miss and head coach Hugh Freeze have turned their attention to Saturday’s upcoming game against Tulane — which will be Freeze’s first road contest at the helm. 

 
With the Texas game behind them, Ole Miss and head coach Hugh Freeze have turned their attention to Saturday’s upcoming game against Tulane — which will be Freeze’s first road contest at the helm. 
 

September 14, 2012

 
The last two seasons Ole Miss fans have seen the No. 3 lurking in the secondary ready to make a play, and most of the time, that’s exactly what they see.

 
The last two seasons Ole Miss fans have seen the No. 3 lurking in the secondary ready to make a play, and most of the time, that’s exactly what they see.
 
Junior safety Charles Sawyer has established himself as not only one of the best players on the Ole Miss football team and one of the premier safeties in the Southeastern Conference, but he has also become one of the biggest leaders on the team.
 

August 29, 2012

 
Ole Miss regained two of their most important defensive players Tuesday in junior safety Charles Sawyer and senior cornerback Wesley Pendleton. Both suffered injuries in fall camp that have sidelined them for some time. Sawyer suffered a torn quadricep, while Pendleton dealt with a sprained MCL. However, both feel they are back and ready for the Rebels’ opener against Central Arkansas.

 
Ole Miss regained two of their most important defensive players Tuesday in junior safety Charles Sawyer and senior cornerback Wesley Pendleton. Both suffered injuries in fall camp that have sidelined them for some time. Sawyer suffered a torn quadricep, while Pendleton dealt with a sprained MCL. However, both feel they are back and ready for the Rebels’ opener against Central Arkansas.
 

August 28, 2012

The Ole Miss defense had a much better day than the offense in the Rebels’ first game week practice of the year on Tuesday, according to head coach Hugh Freeze. 

 
The Ole Miss defense had a much better day than the offense in the Rebels’ first game week practice of the year on Tuesday, according to head coach Hugh Freeze.
 
“Defensively, (it was) excellent,” Freeze said. “I thought their energy was great, and I thought their attention to detail was super. They were very coachable. Offensively, I don’t know, we didn’t have any pizzazz. No energy, no bounce in our step like it’s game week. 
 

July 10, 2012

 

Switching Things Up On Defense

Ole Miss looks to improve on the defensive side of the ball, as the Rebels were ranked at the bottom of the SEC in total defense this past season. Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is planning to incorporate his new 4-2-5 defensive scheme to help turn things around. 

“We’re really looking for our guys to play both man and zone coverage," Wommack said. "Especially our boundary corner, he needs to be quick and very physical."

 

April 24, 2012

With the end of spring practice, football beat writer Bennett Hipp breaks down next year’s Ole Miss football team position-by-position, starting with the defense. Tomorrow, he breaks down the offense. 

 

With the end of spring practice, football beat writer Bennett Hipp breaks down next year’s Ole Miss football team position-by-position, starting with the defense. Tomorrow, he breaks down the offense. 

 

Defensive ends:

April 19, 2012

 

Offense staying on schedule

Throughout spring, head coach Hugh Freeze has stressed the importance of his offense staying on schedule. What that means is to avoid negative plays, penalties, etc. At times this spring, the Rebels have had trouble making the appropriate play at the corresponding down and distance. When that happens, it pushes Ole Miss into third-and-long plays, something Freeze wants to avoid. It will be interesting to see how Ole Miss does Saturday in terms of limiting those negative plays and turnovers. If the offense is able to stay on schedule, it will allow the Rebels to use their high-tempo offense to its full extent. So far, doing that consistently has been an issue.

 

Offense staying on schedule

April 16, 2012

Hugh Freeze described his offense as “up and down” during Saturday morning’s scrimmage, while Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack called his defense “inconsistent” during the two-hour affair. 

 

Hugh Freeze described his offense as “up and down” during Saturday morning’s scrimmage, while Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack called his defense “inconsistent” during the two-hour affair. 

March 22, 2012

The Freeze era begins today with the start of 15 days of spring practice, which will conclude April 21 with the annual Grove Bowl at 1 p.m.

 

The Freeze era begins today with the start of 15 days of spring practice, which will conclude April 21 with the annual Grove Bowl at 1 p.m.

November 30, 2011

Defensive ends:

Ole Miss recorded only 13 sacks defensively this season, partly due to injuries at the defensive end position. At one spot, senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett returned after tearing his ACL in 2010, but was slow returning to pre-injury form. Lockett finished the season with 33 tackles, but no sacks. At the other spot, senior Wayne Dorsey started the 2011 season playing great football. In the first six games of the season, he recorded 22 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks before breaking his arm against Alabama and missing the rest of the season. True freshman C.J. Johnson shifted down from linebacker to defensive end and played well down the stretch. He recorded nine tackles against Louisiana Tech and 10 tackles against Mississippi State. Junior Gerald Rivers finished with just 13 tackles, but also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Johnson and Rivers, along with sophomores Cameron Whigham and Carlos Thompson, among others give Ole Miss some potential next season at the position.

Defensive ends:

October 19, 2011

 

Defensive line:

The Rebels’ defensive line has been solid so far in 2011 against the pass but has struggled to stop the run. Ole Miss is now faced with the task of replacing senior defensive end Wayne Dorsey, who broke his right arm against Alabama this past weekend. Dorsey was in the middle of an impressive senior season, leading the Rebels in sacks with three and racking up 22 tackles. 

October 17, 2011

 

A very subpar 2011 season has continued to get worse for Ole Miss, as the Rebels defense lost two of its senior defensive leaders for the season in defensive end Wayne Dorsey and defensive back Marcus Temple. 

Both were injured during Saturday’s 52-7 blowout loss to Alabama. Temple suffered a broken right ankle in the first quarter, and Dorsey broke his right arm in the fourth quarter.

September 6, 2011

Even though Ole Miss lost its season-opening game to BYU 14-13 Saturday evening, there are a few positives to take away from the game.

One positive is the improvement shown by the Ole Miss defense, especially the secondary.

Coming in, expectations for the secondary were largely unknown, as it featured a multitude of new players and a new defensive backs coach in Keith Burns.

Last season, BYU averaged over 26 points per game and scored at least 20 points in seven different games.

September 3, 2011

 

After leading 13-0 early in the fourth quarter, Ole Miss gave away a few plays that ended in a 14-13 heartbreaking loss to Brigham Young University.

 

 

After leading 13-0 early in the fourth quarter, Ole Miss gave away a few plays that ended in a 14-13 heartbreaking loss to Brigham Young University.

 

“I hate to lose one like that,” Nutt said after the game. “We played extremely hard tonight.  I thought our guys laid it on the line, but there is a fine line between winning and losing.