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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 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 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.
 

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 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. 
 

August 16, 2012

The Ole Miss football team resumed practice Thursday morning after completing their final two-a-day Wednesday afternoon. Head coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with the way the team responded.

The Ole Miss football team resumed practice Thursday morning after completing their final two-a-day Wednesday afternoon. Head coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with the way the team responded.
 
“I knew today would be a challenge because we went almost 200 plays yesterday of full [contact],” Freeze said. “It was a meat grinder. We needed it. I knew this morning the after effects of that could be a challenge, but I did think we found a way to get some good stuff done.”
 

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."

 

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 1, 2012

Quintavius Burdette

Athlete

Senatobia (Senatobia HS)

Rivals.com: 2 Stars

Scout.com: 2 Stars

Vitals: 5’10,” 180 pounds

Burdette committed to Hugh Freeze at Arkansas State and switched to Ole Miss in late January. Originally a running back, he was forced to play quarterback as a senior. He rushed for over 1,200 yards as a junior at the running back position. Listed as an athlete, he could play in the defensive secondary or at running back for the Rebels.

January 31, 2012

When the Ole Miss football team got back to Oxford after a 31-3 loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, most of the team turned their attention to the offseason and who would be named their new head coach, but freshman Senquez Golson turned his attention to baseball and the friendly confines of Oxford/University Stadium at Swayze Field.

When the Ole Miss football team got back to Oxford after a 31-3 loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, most of the team turned their attention to the offseason and who would be named their new head coach, but freshman Senquez Golson turned his attention to baseball and the friendly confines of Oxford/University Stadium at Swayze Field.

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 20, 2011

 

Coming off a deflating 52-7 loss to Alabama just a week ago, the Ole Miss Rebels (2-4, 0-3) look to bounce back this weekend against the visiting No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks (5-1, 1-1).

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said it is important for his guys to keep fighting to have a chance against the Hogs, who are also No. 9 in the year’s first BCS Standings.

October 20, 2011

 

Repeat the quick start

This past week against Alabama, Ole Miss jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, thanks to a big pass play from Randall Mackey to Nick Brassell, followed by a short touchdown run from Jeff Scott. The Rebels must do the same this week against Arkansas, which has shown a propensity to come out sluggish and fall behind early in a few games. If Ole Miss wants to keep this game close, an early lead is a must.

Younger players must step up on defense

October 18, 2011

 

In Saturday’s 52-7 drumming by the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ole Miss also lost the services of senior cornerback Marcus Temple for the remainder of the season.

Filling in for Temple, who had totaled 28 tackles, two interceptions and one sack before suffering a season-ending right ankle injury, will be freshman two-way player Nickolas Brassell and freshman cornerback Senquez Golson.

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.

October 16, 2011

Going into Saturday’s game between Ole Miss and No. 2 Alabama, the headlines centered around the Crimson Tide’s prolific defense and Heisman Trophy candidate junior running back Trent Richardson. Unfortunately for the Rebels, they didn’t disappoint.

 

Going into Saturday’s game between Ole Miss and No. 2 Alabama, the headlines centered around the Crimson Tide’s prolific defense and Heisman Trophy candidate junior running back Trent Richardson. Unfortunately for the Rebels, they didn’t disappoint.

September 28, 2011
September 27, 2011

The Ole Miss football team hasn’t had many bright spots this season as they started the season 1-3, but one of those bright spots is freshman two-way player Nickolas Brassell.

Coming out of South Panola High School, Brassell was rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com. In Saturday’s 27-13 loss to Georgia, he scored his first career touchdown on a punt return. Sophomore running back Jeff Scott fielded the punt. Brassell then took the reverse handoff and went 81 yards for the score.

September 18, 2011

Outplayed. Outcoached. Outmatched.

The Rebels (1-2, 0-1 SEC) are 1-9 in their last 10 conference games, while head coach Houston Nutt’s hot seat gets hotter and rumors swirl about his uncertain future in Oxford.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Outplayed. Outcoached. Outmatched.

The Rebels (1-2, 0-1 SEC) are 1-9 in their last 10 conference games, while head coach Houston Nutt’s hot seat gets hotter and rumors swirl about his uncertain future in Oxford.

“Looked really bad,” Nutt said. “It’s a little bit of everything. I never felt that way on the sideline. Just didn’t feel right.

“We just didn’t have that confidence. We didn’t make first downs and move the ball like we normally do. That was a first.”

September 17, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Outplayed. Outcoached. Outmatched. The Ole Miss football team and coaching staff are looking for answers after a 30-7 loss at Vanderbilt in Saturday afternoon’s Southeastern Conference opener.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Outplayed. Outcoached. Outmatched. The Ole Miss football team and coaching staff are looking for answers after a 30-7 loss at Vanderbilt in Saturday afternoon’s Southeastern Conference opener.

“Everything is disappointing,” head coach Houston Nutt said of the game. “I have never felt that way on a sideline. It was just not right. We didn’t have that confidence.”

September 14, 2011

1. LSU (2-0, 0-0 SEC, 1st last week): The Tigers rolled to a 49-3 victory over in-state FCS opponent Northwestern State last Saturday. The defense was dominant, holding the Demons to negative yards rushing and only 95 yards total. Sophomore running backs Michael Ford and Spencer Ware combined for four rushing touchdowns, while both senior Jarrett Lee and sophomore Zach Mettenberger took snaps at quarterback. The Tigers have defeated the Bulldogs of Mississippi State 11 straight times and 18 of the last 19.