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September 14, 2012

 
Before David Ash caught a six-yard touchdown pass from wideout Jaxon Shipley in the second quarter of last year’s Holiday Bowl, the Texas Longhorns had gone 25 straight drives without finding the end zone with Ash behind center. 

 
Before David Ash caught a six-yard touchdown pass from wideout Jaxon Shipley in the second quarter of last year’s Holiday Bowl, the Texas Longhorns had gone 25 straight drives without finding the end zone with Ash behind center. 
 

August 30, 2012

 
For the first time since I began covering Ole Miss football for the Daily Mississippian, there seems to be a sense of calm around the program as the season approaches.

 
For the first time since I began covering Ole Miss football for the Daily Mississippian, there seems to be a sense of calm around the program as the season approaches.
 
Sure, there are questions marks, and plenty of them.  The difference is that there isn’t any pressure on Hugh Freeze to deliver a multitude of wins in what is the first of a multi-year rebuild of a downtrodden program.
 

July 17, 2012

 

Despite only seeing the field a few times a game, Ole Miss’ senior punter Tyler Campbell is one of the most important players on the team. While special teams may not receive the glory like offense and defense do, Campbell knows it is still an important part of the game.

“In the mindset of just the general game, everyone knows it is important,” Campbell said. “It is a third of the game — offense, defense and special teams.”

 

July 11, 2012

Ole Miss’ Tyler Campbell has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2012 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. The list of 25 candidates was announced Wednesday by the Augusta Sports Council. 

 

May 1, 2012

After signing day 2012 was complete, the new Ole Miss coaching staff turned its full attention to the 2013 recruiting class. So far, the Rebels have fared well on recruiting trail, reeling in six verbal commitments heading into May. Here’s a look at the players they have committed:

April 22, 2012

Spencer Tillman ran for many touchdowns during his All-American, Super Bowl-winning career at Oklahoma and during his nine seasons in the National Football League. Now, he spends his days on CBS alongside sports figures like Tim Brando.

Spencer Tillman ran for many touchdowns during his All-American, Super Bowl-winning career at Oklahoma and during his nine seasons in the National Football League. Now, he spends his days on CBS alongside sports figures like Tim Brando.

Tillman, a former NFL football player and current CBS sports analyst, spoke at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics Friday. Tillman addressed a wide variety of topics, including technology in today’s media world.

February 6, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Eli Manning is elite, for sure. A king of comebacks, too. And far, far more than Peyton’s little brother now.

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Eli Manning is elite, for sure. A king of comebacks, too. And far, far more than Peyton’s little brother now.

Spot-on from beginning to end Sunday night, Eli Manning won his second NFL championship - and second Super Bowl MVP award - for leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots.

February 3, 2012

Defensive End

Signees: Channing Ward, Kameroon Wood (Greyshirt from last year’s class), John Youngblood

Grade: A

Ward is the jewel of Freeze’s first recruiting class. One of the best, if not the best player in Mississippi, he looks to step in and be an impact pass rusher for a defense that managed only 13 sacks this past season. As a senior at Aberdeen, he recorded 117 tackles and 16 sacks.

Wood and Youngblood are high-energy, high-motor guys that, if nothing else, provide depth at the position. This group could have been an “A+” if Ole Miss had landed North Pike’s A.J. Jefferson, who signed with Mississippi State.

Defensive Tackle

Signee: Issac Gross

Grade: B

At 6’3” and 275 pounds, Gross is undersized for a defensive tackle, but he will push for playing time at either defensive tackle or defensive end because of a great first step and high motor. 

January 31, 2012

They say the college football season never really ends. When the games are over and a champion is crowned, coaching searches and recruiting take center stage in college football news. However, recruiting and the way it is currently handled by all parties involved makes it completely irrelevant.

They say the college football season never really ends. When the games are over and a champion is crowned, coaching searches and recruiting take center stage in college football news. However, recruiting and the way it is currently handled by all parties involved makes it completely irrelevant.

First off, player ratings make no sense and do not really capture a recruit’s true potential. If you don’t believe me, let’s look at past Ole Miss players as incoming recruits. Some of the Rebs’ best players were not highly rated or recruited.

January 12, 2012

Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze continues his hot start on the recruiting trail, receiving a national letter of intent Thursday from Bo Wallace, a quarterback from East Mississippi Community College.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder will enroll at Ole Miss for the spring semester and begin competing in the 2012 season with three years of eligibility remaining.

Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze continues his hot start on the recruiting trail, receiving a national letter of intent Thursday from Bo Wallace, a quarterback from East Mississippi Community College.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder will enroll at Ole Miss for the spring semester and begin competing in the 2012 season with three years of eligibility remaining.

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:

November 28, 2011

In the first part of a two-part series, football beat writer Bennett Hipp reviews the 2011 Ole Miss offense position-by-position and give an early look toward next season. Tomorrow, he’ll take a look at the defense.

Quarterback:

November 22, 2011

Updated with the subtractions of Rich Rodriguez (the new head coach at Arizona) and Kevin Sumlin (head coach at Houston), the re-addition of Manny Diaz (defensive coordinator at Texas) and the new addition of Todd Moken (offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State).

Updated with the subtractions of Rich Rodriguez (the new head coach at Arizona) and Kevin Sumlin (head coach at Houston), the re-addition of Manny Diaz (defensive coordinator at Texas) and the new addition of Todd Monken (offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State).

Diaz's and Monken's bios at the top. Followed by national statistics rankings for each of the 10 potential head coach candidates with the exception of Mike Leach, who is currently not coaching.

MANNY DIAZ, 37, Texas Defensive Coordinator

November 15, 2011

Best Matchups
Quarterback — Alex Smith, 49ers (vs. Cardinals) — Smith has been a game-managing quarterback thus far. Although he hasn’t done anything spectacular this season, he hasn’t made any critical mistakes in close games.
Running back Frank Gore has been banged up, so the 49ers may have to air the ball out a little more than usual against a bad Cardinals secondary.
Look for coach Jim Harbaugh to attempt to establish some confidence in Smith as his 49ers approach an important part in their schedule.

November 13, 2011

Just when things seem like they can’t get any worse, they do. That’s not to say it won’t get even worse because it can with unanimous No. 1 LSU and in-state rival Mississippi State coming up to finish out the Houston Nutt era in Oxford. 

 

Just when things seem like they can’t get any worse, they do. That’s not to say it won’t get even worse because it can with unanimous No. 1 LSU and in-state rival Mississippi State coming up to finish out the Houston Nutt era in Oxford. 

This past Monday, Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6 SEC) fired Nutt but also announced he would coach the remaining three games. 

November 13, 2011

 

James Meredith made history in October 1962 when he became the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Along with the major step forward, however, came the infamous rioting that tarnished the university’s reputation for decades.

Our student body has gained a new mindset since then, digging our university out of a hole the students put us in. Although we have made great strides, part of our reputation is still stained by this rioting.

October 31, 2011

Best Matchups

Quarterback — Eli Manning, Giants (at Patriots) — Manning is quietly having an MVP-caliber season as he has led the Giants to a 5-2 record. The Patriots’ defense has been atrocious, particularly in the secondary, so Manning should have another big day through the air.

October 24, 2011

 

For the first time this football season, The Daily Mississippian breaks down the upcoming week in fantasy football with the best and worst matchups, so you can make your push for the playoffs or the top of your league as bye weeks continue for NFL teams. Look for this feature every Tuesday, just in time for most leagues’ waiver wire deadlines.

 

Best Matchups

Quarterback — Joe Flacco, Ravens (vs. Cardinals) — The Cardinals have a poor secondary and if they load the box to try to stop Ray Rice and the Ravens’ running game, Flacco should have a big day at home versus Arizona.

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

 

Heisman Trophy winner and two-time National Champion Johnny Rodgers visited the University of Mississippi this past weekend. 

On his itinerary, in addition to attending Saturday’s Ole Miss-Alabama game, was visiting Meek School of Journalism and New Media Dean H.W. Norton, who knew Rogers from his time as the journalism dean of the University of Nebraska, and speaking to Professor Jim Lumpp’s Integrated Marketing Communication class. 

October 16, 2011

To the Editor:

October 13, 2011

Can Ole Miss move the ball on Alabama’s defense?

October 2, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. -- Running back Jeff Scott rushed for a career-high 138 yards and scored two touchdowns, and senior running back Brandon Bolden added two touchdowns to lead the Ole Miss Rebels (2-3) to a 38-28 win against Fresno State here Saturday night at Jim Sweeney Field.
The Rebels capped their first trip ever to California by earning their first win of the season against an FBS-level team.

September 29, 2011

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