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November 26, 2012

 
It was a crazy scene inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night as Ole Miss fans celebrated the Rebels’ 41-24 win in the Egg Bowl over Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC), which snapped the Bulldogs’ three-game winning streak in the series. Students rushed the field after the win and surrounded players, coaches and the Golden Egg trophy.

 
It was a crazy scene inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night as Ole Miss fans celebrated the Rebels’ 41-24 win in the Egg Bowl over Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC), which snapped the Bulldogs’ three-game winning streak in the series. Students rushed the field after the win and surrounded players, coaches and the Golden Egg trophy.
 

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.
 

November 2, 2012

 
In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian football beat writer Bennett Hipp gives his keys to this week’s matchup.

 
Keep an eye on 29
 
Ole Miss is going to have its hands full Saturday afternoon defending No. 29 Jarvis Jones, a junior linebacker. Jones, one of the top linebackers in the country, has been wreaking havoc on opposing offenses all season long. The Bulldogs move Jones around quite a bit and have enough playmakers around him to make teams pay for overcompensating against Jones.
 

October 13, 2012

After taking a step forward last week by holding a lead in the fourth quarter, Ole Miss took yet another step this week by holding and building onto a fourh quarter lead against the Auburn Tigers.

The 41-20 win snapped Ole Miss’ 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak, and gave the Rebels their first SEC win since defeating Kentucky in 2010..

October 11, 2012

 
To be a freshman and be a leader, particularly in the Southeastern Conference, is rare, in the words of head coach Hugh Freeze. However, Ole Miss redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has done just that.

 
To be a freshman and be a leader, particularly in the Southeastern Conference, is rare, in the words of head coach Hugh Freeze. However, Ole Miss redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has done just that.
 
“There’s no age, there’s no perfect rubric for being a leader,” Nkemdiche said. “If you want to be courageous and step up and lead by example, lead vocally, why not? If my teammates take that into their perspective and respect that, why not keep doing it and show up every weekend?”
 

October 11, 2012

 
Two years removed from playing high school football at Sylva-Bay Academy, and one year removed from being thrown into the Southeastern Conference mix as a true freshman, sophomore safety Cody Prewitt has emerged as a leader and playmaker for a young but improving Ole Miss defense. 

 
Two years removed from playing high school football at Sylva-Bay Academy, and one year removed from being thrown into the Southeastern Conference mix as a true freshman, sophomore safety Cody Prewitt has emerged as a leader and playmaker for a young but improving Ole Miss defense. 
 
A new defensive scheme under defensive coordinator Dave Wommack has allowed Prewitt to be more confident in his actions on the field. 
 

October 8, 2012

 
There were about seven minutes to go in the game, and Texas A&M was looking at a third-and-19 on its own three-yard line. Ole Miss was ahead 27-17, and many of the 55,343 spectators in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium were feeling relieved. The Rebels (3-3, 0-2 SEC) were close to getting their first Southeastern Conference win of the year and ending a 15-game SEC losing streak.

 
There were about seven minutes to go in the game, and Texas A&M was looking at a third-and-19 on its own three-yard line. Ole Miss was ahead 27-17, and many of the 55,343 spectators in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium were feeling relieved. The Rebels (3-3, 0-2 SEC) were close to getting their first Southeastern Conference win of the year and ending a 15-game SEC losing streak.
 

October 1, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Ole Miss shifted its base defense from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3 this past Saturday, inserting senior Joel Kight as a third linebacker along with redshirt freshman Denzel Nkemdiche and junior Mike Marry.
 
After giving up 676 yards and 350 yards on the ground against Texas, Ole Miss held Alabama to 305 total yards and only 125 yards on the ground. The Crimson Tide had been averaging 425 total yards and 204 yards on the ground.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Ole Miss shifted its base defense from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3 this past Saturday, inserting senior Joel Kight as a third linebacker along with redshirt freshman Denzel Nkemdiche and junior Mike Marry.
 
After giving up 676 yards and 350 yards on the ground against Texas, Ole Miss held Alabama to 305 total yards and only 125 yards on the ground. The Crimson Tide had been averaging 425 total yards and 204 yards on the ground.
 

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 5, 2012

 
Nineteen Rebels made their first appearances in an Ole Miss uniform Saturday. No debut may have been bigger on the defensive side of the ball than that of redshirt freshman Denzel Nkemdiche, who recorded a team-high eight tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack in Ole Miss’ 49-27 win and played with what Freeze called “reckless abandon.” His numbers could have been even better if not for having to receive an I.V. during the game due to dehydration.

 
Nineteen Rebels made their first appearances in an Ole Miss uniform Saturday. No debut may have been bigger on the defensive side of the ball than that of redshirt freshman Denzel Nkemdiche, who recorded a team-high eight tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack in Ole Miss’ 49-27 win and played with what Freeze called “reckless abandon.” His numbers could have been even better if not for having to receive an I.V. during the game due to dehydration.
 

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 28, 2012

 
The Daily Mississippian sports editor David Collier caught up with the University of Central Arkansas’ sports editor Lee Hogan to discuss Saturday’s season opener between Ole Miss and Central Arkansas.

 
David Collier: Tell us about about this Central Arkansas team. What do they bring to the table as they head into the season?
 
Lee Hogan: You have a lot of returning guys that had a successful 2011 season. They made their first appearance in the FCS playoffs last year. They finished up the season 9-4. They’ve got a lot of big play guys on offense, especially at running back and wide receiver. 
 

August 23, 2012

While the rest of his teammates spent spring practice working under a new coaching staff and practicing in a new scheme, sophomore linebacker Keith Lewis – who was dealing with a shoulder injury – had to stand by and watch.

 
While the rest of his teammates spent spring practice working under a new coaching staff and practicing in a new scheme, sophomore linebacker Keith Lewis – who was dealing with a shoulder injury – had to stand by and watch.
 
The injury kept Lewis out for the entire spring, and he was forced to spend his time learning the new defense from the sidelines.
 

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.
 

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 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.

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 Lineman Robert Nkemdiche

Nkemdiche is undoubtedly the top player in the state of Georgia and will most likely be ranked as the top player in the entire country in 2013. He stands at 6’5,” 271 pounds, and runs a 4.6 40-yard dash. He recorded 19 sacks and, on the other side of the ball, rushed for 528 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga. Nkemdiche is a physical freak who could play defensive end, defensive tackle or linebacker in a 3-4 scheme at the next level. While Alabama is thought to be his early leader, Ole Miss signed his older brother, Denzel, in the 2011 signing class.

Safety Antonio Connor

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

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 19, 2011

Sophomore Barry Brunetti rushes for 47 yards in the second quarter to help set up a junior Bryson Rose field goal before half time. Brunetti replaced junior Zack Stoudt at quarterback late in the first quarter. Brunetti had 15 carries for 74 along with  5 completions for 30 yards. The Rebels fall to 2-9 (0-7) with the 52-3 loss to LSU.

In a game that looked to be a huge mismatch in favor of LSU, the top-ranked Tigers (11-0, 7-0 SEC) dominated the Ole Miss Rebels (2-9, 0-7 SEC) from start to finish. The final count was 52-3, the largest margin of victory in the 100-year history of the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry and the Rebels’ worst loss since the 1974 season.

“They are a really good football team,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “But we helped them. We have to get ready for that last one (against Mississippi State). That’s the bottom line.” 

 

November 3, 2011

This Saturday, Ole Miss (2-6, 0-5 SEC) travels to Lexington in hopes of ending its 11-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a win over the Kentucky Wildcats (3-5, 0-4 SEC).

Ole Miss leads the all-time series 27-13-1, including a 42-35 win in Oxford this past season.

While the Rebels prepare for the Wildcats, head coach Houston Nutt sees some similarities between his team and Kentucky.

This Saturday, Ole Miss (2-6, 0-5 SEC) travels to Lexington in hopes of ending its 11-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a win over the Kentucky Wildcats (3-5, 0-4 SEC).

Ole Miss leads the all-time series 27-13-1, including a 42-35 win in Oxford this past season.

While the Rebels prepare for the Wildcats, head coach Houston Nutt sees some similarities between his team and Kentucky.

November 2, 2011

 

Youth movement continues on defense

Heading into Saturday’s game against Kentucky, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt is inserting several freshmen into the starting lineup for the first time.

“I’m anxious to see it game time, but they are taking the game plan in and working hard,” Nutt said. “It’s like swimming, you’ve got to throw them in the water.”