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November 12, 2012

 
Some perspective is required when thinking about where the 2012 Ole Miss team realistically is in the aftermath of Saturday’s 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt that clinched bowl eligibility for the Commodores and put the Rebels’ bowl hopes on hold for at least another week. 

 
Some perspective is required when thinking about where the 2012 Ole Miss team realistically is in the aftermath of Saturday’s 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt that clinched bowl eligibility for the Commodores and put the Rebels’ bowl hopes on hold for at least another week. 
 
Ole Miss has made significant progress under head coach Hugh Freeze, but there are some things that are beyond a coach’s control. 
 
Depth, for example, is one of them. 
 

November 6, 2012

 
The end of a career is something that senior athletes have to face and Ole Miss’ senior defensive end Jason Jones is doing just that. Before the season started, Jones was the recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, which granted him the honor to wear No. 38 for his senior season.

 
 
The end of a career is something that senior athletes have to face and Ole Miss’ senior defensive end Jason Jones is doing just that. Before the season started, Jones was the recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, which granted him the honor to wear No. 38 for his senior season.
 

November 5, 2012

 
ATHENS, Ga. — With Ole Miss up 10-7 in the second quarter, Georgia had the ball and the momentum after a 66-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Aaron Murray to senior wide receiver Marlon Brown. Then, Ole Miss and Georgia combined for four turnovers in the span of five plays, and while no points were scored off the turnovers, the Rebels missed out on a prime scoring opportunity after the first of the four turnovers.

 
ATHENS, Ga. — With Ole Miss up 10-7 in the second quarter, Georgia had the ball and the momentum after a 66-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Aaron Murray to senior wide receiver Marlon Brown. Then, Ole Miss and Georgia combined for four turnovers in the span of five plays, and while no points were scored off the turnovers, the Rebels missed out on a prime scoring opportunity after the first of the four turnovers.
 

October 31, 2012

 
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze readily admits that it’s “very tempting” to shift his offense into overdrive and run a higher percentage of up-tempo plays. However, a lack of depth on both sides of the football makes that tough to do, as the Rebels are down to 64 healthy scholarship players. 

 
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze readily admits that it’s “very tempting” to shift his offense into overdrive and run a higher percentage of up-tempo plays. However, a lack of depth on both sides of the football makes that tough to do, as the Rebels are down to 64 healthy scholarship players. 
 
“That’s my nature, it is what I would like to do,” Freeze said. “If we were a little deeper in the secondary and at defensive end, it would be even more tempting. It’s still tempting.”
 

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 14, 2012

 
It had been 741 days since Ole Miss had the opportunity to celebrate a Southeastern Conference win. A lot has changed since then, most notably a coaching change that saw Hugh Freeze take the reins of the football program. 

 
It had been 741 days since Ole Miss had the opportunity to celebrate a Southeastern Conference win. A lot has changed since then, most notably a coaching change that saw Hugh Freeze take the reins of the football program. 
 
On Saturday afternoon, Freeze earned the first SEC win of his young coaching career and Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2 SEC) ended a 16-game conference losing streak in a 41-20 win against Auburn (1-5, 0-4 SEC). 
 

October 14, 2012

 
On the field after Ole Miss’ 41-20 win over Auburn, it was apparent just how much it meant to the Ole Miss program to snap its 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.

 
On the field after Ole Miss’ 41-20 win over Auburn, it was apparent just how much it meant to the Ole Miss program to snap its 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.
 
Sophomore defensive end C.J. Johnson jumped up and down in the end zone after the win on Saturday, waving a towel and wearing a big smile in the aftermath of his first conference win since arriving in Oxford. 
 

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 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.
 

August 30, 2012

 
For many college football players, the offseason is spent dropping weight and reshaping bodies in preparation for the grind of another college football season.

 
For many college football players, the offseason is spent dropping weight and reshaping bodies in preparation for the grind of another college football season.
 
In the case of Ole Miss sophomore defensive end C.J. Johnson, much of his offseason and fall camp was spent making sure he was eating enough in order to gain weight.
 
After shifting from linebacker to defensive end during his freshman season, Johnson found himself undersized for the position, especially compared to other Southeastern Conference defensive ends.

August 23, 2012

 
With just over a week before its first game, the Ole Miss football team is kicking things into high gear to prepare for Central Arkansas. Head coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with the effort his team put into Thursday afternoon’s practice.

 
With just over a week before its first game, the Ole Miss football team is kicking things into high gear to prepare for Central Arkansas. Head coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with the effort his team put into Thursday afternoon’s practice.
 
“It was good,” he said. “Thought the energy was really good. We were pretty crisp.”
 
Freeze also stressed the importance of quarterback play and taking care of the ball.
 

August 20, 2012

As part two of a three-part series, The Daily Mississippian football beat writer Bennett Hipp will give a report on Ole Miss’ fall camp concentrating on the defense.

 
DEFENSIVE END:
 
The end position got a big boost when highly touted 2012 signee Channing Ward was cleared by the NCAA on Friday. Ward will practice for the first time with the Rebels this afternoon and will more than likely be in an exclusive pass-rushing role early on.
 

August 13, 2012

 
The Ole Miss football team practiced indoors for the second time Monday afternoon after being forced inside by spotty rain. After a slow start to the first practice of the day, the team came out with a new found energy in the afternoon session.

 
The Ole Miss football team practiced indoors for the second time Monday afternoon after being forced inside by spotty rain. After a slow start to the first practice of the day, the team came out with a new found energy in the afternoon session.
 

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 10, 2012

After arguably the offense’s best practice of the spring this past Thursday, the defense ruled the day as the offense took a step back in Tuesday’s practice. Head coach Hugh Freeze went on to say the defense’s emotion and energy matched that of the offense from last week, which he said is to be expected, but he was disappointed the offense didn’t compete harder than it did Tuesday.

 

After arguably the offense’s best practice of the spring this past Thursday, the defense ruled the day as the offense took a step back in Tuesday’s practice. Head coach Hugh Freeze went on to say the defense’s emotion and energy matched that of the offense from last week, which he said is to be expected, but he was disappointed the offense didn’t compete harder than it did Tuesday.

April 3, 2012

The Rebels were pushed inside to the Indoor Practice Facility yesterday for the eighth practice of the spring due to rain in the area, but they still managed to get plenty of work done.

 

The Rebels were pushed inside to the Indoor Practice Facility yesterday for the eighth practice of the spring due to rain in the area, but they still managed to get plenty of work done.

March 29, 2012

After a lackluster performance during Tuesday’s practice, the Ole Miss football team came back strong Thursday, said head coach Hugh Freeze.

After a lackluster performance during Tuesday’s practice, the Ole Miss football team came back strong Thursday, said head coach Hugh Freeze.
“I couldn’t be more pleased really,” Freeze said. “The way they bounced back from what I thought was a half-hearted effort. I didn’t think their attitude was bad, but I didn’t think we gave great effort for the entire practice Tuesday.

February 29, 2012

(Photo Credit: David McGregor and Will Hammock)

As of 9:45 this morning, 45% of respondents in an online poll believe that Robert Nkemdiche will play for Ole Miss in 2013.

(Photo credit: Andrew McMurtrie)

February 7, 2012

Now that National Signing Day has come and gone, recruiting junkies only have one thing left to do: wonder. 

 

Now that National Signing Day has come and gone, recruiting junkies only have one thing left to do: wonder. 

Those wonderers will sit around and ask themselves if Hugh Freeze’s recruiting class was good enough or if it will be something that ruins his career at Ole Miss, much like it did Houston Nutt.

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. 

February 1, 2012

In less than two months after being introduced as the new head football coach, Hugh Freeze put together a 19-player recruiting class, including 13 who signed their National Letters of Intent yesterday. He held together much of this year’s class despite the coaching change and made a splash with the additions of Aberdeen defensive end Channing Ward and East Mississippi Community College quarterback Bo Wallace, who signed during the junior college transfer signing period. All things considered, Freeze was pleased with his first recruiting class and is looking forward to the future.

January 31, 2012

Signing Day Announcements

LB Richie Brown

Schools Considering: LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee

WR Brad Culp

Schools Considering: Arkansas, Ole Miss and North Carolina

DB Trae Elston

Schools Considering: LSU, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State

LB Khalid Henderson

Schools Considering: Kentucky and Ole Miss

WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Schools Considering: Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee

RB Justin Taylor

School Considering: Alabama, Kentucky and Ole Miss (currently committed to Alabama)

Greyshirting

A greyshirt is when a recruit delays his enrollment for a semester so his eligibility clock doesn’t start until January of the next year. The player can take less than a full load of classes and work out but can’t practice or play with the team. It is used by schools to create more room to sign players when scholarships are tight. 

January 26, 2012

With signing day less than a week away, The Daily Mississippian’s Bennett Hipp gives a few of the prospects that are still being pursued by Ole Miss. This isn’t an inclusive list, and names are listed alphabetically.

With signing day less than a week away, The Daily Mississippian’s Bennett Hipp gives a few of the prospects that are still being pursued by Ole Miss. This isn’t an inclusive list, and names are listed alphabetically.

Richie Brown

Linebacker

Long Beach

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Rivals.com: 4 Stars

Vitals: 6’2,” 228 pounds

January 26, 2012

Austin Miller: What are your overall thoughts on this year’s Ole Miss recruiting class?

Keith Niebuhr: It’s always difficult when you have a new staff come in and have that kind of turnover. They lost some crucial time from when it was known that Nutt wasn’t going to be back, to the time the new staff was put into place. This group did a good job, first and foremost, of securing the recruits they already had. That’s the key. So you’re almost starting from scratch. Then they went out and have gotten a few more guys. It’s not huge in numbers, but it’s high in quality. And now they land Channing Ward, which was huge. That’s a big prize in Mississippi, so that’s significant.

Austin Miller: What are your overall thoughts on this year’s Ole Miss recruiting class?