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The Clarion-Ledger's Antonio Morales passes along that Ole Miss sophomore DE Qaadir Sheppard "has emerged" as a starter opposite Marquis Haynes.

Sheppard (6'3/233) has pushed ahead of Victor Evans to put himself on the track to start when the Rebs kick off against South Alabama on September 2. He initially signed with Syracuse as part of the 2015 recruiting class, but the former three-star recruit was kicked off the Orange last February, reportedly due to a pair of failed drug tests. He recorded just one tackle and an interception in his lone active season back in 2015.
Aug 17 - 4:48 PM

Updating a previous item, Ole Miss redshirt junior RB Jordan Wilkins sustained a minor knee sprain during practice on Monday.

Wilkins limped off in practice on Monday. The specifics of the injury were not immediately available at the time, but it appears as though the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder won't be out of action for long. He figures to be back in practice later this week unless the Rebels are playing coy with the severity of the injury.
Aug 8 - 1:02 PM

Ole Miss redshirt junior RB Jordan Wilkins left Monday's practice with a possible ankle or foot injury.

Wilkins limped off the field during practice and afterward, interim HC Matt Luke said that the team does not yet know the severity of the injury. Expect further updates on that front as the week progresses. An expected starter for the coming season, Wilkins rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns a year ago.
Aug 7 - 5:03 PM

Ole Miss interim head coach Matt Luke announced that redshirt junior CB Ken Webster will be suspended one game after he was arrested Tuesday night on one count of shoplifting.

Webster will miss the opener against South Alabama on Sept. 2. Webster started all 13 games in 2015. He also started the 2016 opener before suffering a season-ending leg injury on the first series against Florida State. Webster missed spring practices while rehabbing, but he should be good to go for the Week 2 game on Sept. 9 against UT-Martin.
Aug 3 - 4:03 PM

Ole Miss redshirt junior Detric Bing-Dukes was suspended for one game after being arrested Tuesday night on one count of shoplifting.

Redshirt junior CB Ken Webster was also docked a game for his involvement in the scheme. Ole Miss opens against South Alabama on Sept. 2. If the duo is reinstated as planned, they'd be eligible to play in the Sept. 9 tilt against FCS UT-Martin. Both are projected starters.
Aug 3 - 2:37 PM

Ole Miss redshirt junior CB Ken Webster was arrested Tuesday night along with linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes on one count each of shoplifting.

Details on the incident are sparse at this time, and interim head coach Matt Luke indicated that the program will gather facts before rendering judgement on these players' futures. A projected starter, Webster suffered a season-ending leg injury on the first series of last season's opener against Florida State. Webster missed spring practices while rehabbing but was expected to be a full-participant in fall camp.
Aug 2 - 3:51 PM

Ole Miss redshirt junior Detric Bing-Dukes was arrested Tuesday night on one count of shoplifting.

Cornerback Ken Webster, a fellow projected starter, was also arrested for his involvement in the incident. No additional details have been provided. "We are gathering facts on the matter," interim head coach Matt Luke said. Bing-Dukes began his career at Georgia. He dropped to the JUCO level before transferring to Ole Miss in 2015.
Aug 2 - 1:35 PM

Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said his family and church have helped him deal with the firestorm surrounding his resignation.

"God is good, even in difficult times," Freeze said. "Wonderful wife and family, and that’s my priority." Freeze resigned last Thursday after it became known that least one call from his university-issued cell phone was placed to an escort service. He claimed it was a misdial, but Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork responded by saying that "further vetting of Freeze’s phone records disclosed a ‘pattern of conduct’ that led the school administration to confront Freeze this week" and that the "moral turpitude" clause in Freeze’s contract would have been invoked in a firing had Freeze not stepped down.
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 1:40 PM

Ole Miss sophomore QB Shea Patterson reminds one NFL scout of Russell Wilson and Johnny Manziel.

Manziel's college coach agrees. "I saw a little bit of Johnny (Manziel) in him when we played," said Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. "You can't teach some of that stuff." Last year, a different NFL scout told Bleacher Report that Patterson "has the tools to play in this league for 10 years—and make a whole lot of money." Ole Miss, which self-imposed a bowl ban this fall, is facing significant sanctions for a variety of allegations. Even so, Patterson has thus far maintained that he'll stick it out with the school.
Jul 26 - 5:33 PM

Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork said former HC Hugh Freeze would have been fired for cause had he not resigned.

Freeze resigned as the head coach at Ole Miss on Thursday after it became known that least one call from his university-issued cell phone was placed to an escort service. Freeze told Yahoo! Sports that the call was a misdial. Bjork responded by writing that "further vetting of Freeze’s phone records disclosed a ‘pattern of conduct’ that led the school administration to confront Freeze this week" and that the "moral turpitude" clause in Freeze’s contract would have been invoked in a firing had Freeze not stepped down first. According to Bjork, Freeze received no buyout and no settlement. OL coach Matt Luke was named interim head coach.
Source: Yahoo
Jul 22 - 2:37 PM

Ole Miss sophomore WR D.K. Metcalf broad jumps 11’1" and vertical jumps 37.5 inches.

The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder is a physical marvel. Metcalf power cleans 350, bench presses 330 and boasts a 4.46 forty. A former star hurdler and triple-jumper in high school, D.K. is the son of former Ole Miss and Chicago Bears offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf.
Source: SI
Jul 22 - 1:27 PM

Ole Miss three-star 2019 CB Bobby Wolfe reopened his recruitment.

Wolfe (6'2/175) becomes the first player to decommit from Ole Miss in the wake of HC Hugh Freeze's resignation on Thursday. While no pledges in the 2018 class have backed off their commitments as of yet, those might start to filter out in the coming days. Three-star 2018 OL commit Blaine Scott told ESPN, "Right now I'm just laying low. I will make a decision in a few days." Realistically, it's going to be a very tough hill to climb for Ole Miss to remain legitimately relevant in recruiting for the foreseeable future.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 4:23 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell writes that "things will get no better" on the recruiting front for Ole Miss.

"[Former HC Hugh] Freeze could at least sell two wins over Alabama, a solid 39-25 record and multiple first-round draft picks despite the ominous NCAA cloud," Farrell notes. "Now Ole Miss has just the cloud, and it is getting more and more threatening." We were already seeing the fallout from NCAA rules violations prior to Freeze's resignation for personal misconduct on Thursday, with the Rebs falling from a Rivals class ranking of No. 7 back in 2013 to a limp No. 39 for the 2017 cycle. We would not be surprised to see them drop even further than that in the current cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 21 - 1:47 PM

Ole Miss OL coach Matt Luke has been named the team's interim head coach.

Luke will take over for Hugh Freeze, who resigned on Thursday due to revelations regarding calls to an escort service. He has been on staff with Ole Miss for the past 10 seasons, having served as OL coach and co-offensive coordinator for the last six seasons. Luke has his work cut out for him given the late date of Freeze's resignation.
Jul 20 - 9:13 PM

Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze has resigned.

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde indicated on Thursday evening that "explosive new information" had Freeze facing a potential firing. We know what that information is now -- USA Today's Dan Wolken is reporting that Freeze made a one-minute call to a number associated with an escort service on a university-issued phone on January 19, 2016. Per Wolken, this arose as information in talks between "the university’s legal counsel and the attorney for former Rebels football coach Houston Nutt." Nutt is suing the university for an alleged smear campaign in the wake of numerous NCAA violations being levied against the program, violations which they have tried to steer away from Freeze. Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork cited Freeze's personal misconduct (and not the NCAA violations) when speaking with ESPN regarding the resignation, saying that university officials discovered a pattern of phone calls. With the season just over a month away, OL coach Matt Luke has been named interim head coach.
Source: USA Today
Jul 20 - 8:06 PM


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