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Vol. 102, No. 3

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ASB Senate changes male Homecoming personality title

Johnson Commons renovation behind schedule By Logan Kirkland

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Associated Student Body Vice President Morgan Gregory, center, counts senators’ votes to change the name of the male homecoming personality during a meeting Tuesday night. The body voted to change the name to “Mr. Ole Miss.”

By Caty Cambron

The Associated Student Body Senate passed a bill Tuesday night, officially adopting the title “Mr. Ole Miss” to replace the previous title “Colonel Reb.”

“Colonel Reb” was ruled unconstitutional by the ASB Judicial Council March 25 under the previous administration, and the current ASB Senate had been attempting to change the title since April 16. The bill passed with 35 yeas, zero nays and 10 absten-

tions, and went into effect immediately upon passing. “I’m excited that we can move on and let these candidates prepare (for the personality election),” said Morgan Gregory, ASB vice president and president of the Senate. “All the organizations we had

talked to before (the vote) were for it and were supportive.” The renaming process received campus-wide attention over the past several months. The Senate attempted to pass

The Johnson Commons will soon be completed after months of planning, renovations and repairs. Ian Banner, director of facilities planning and the university’s architect, said the construction on the Johnson Commons will be completed by Jan. 2, 2014, taking a total of 16 months, costing $12 million. Banner said this is a very complicated project with a few problems, putting them five or six months behind schedule. Banner went further saying one of the unexpected complications included sealing and repairing the basement in order to stabilize the building due to leaking pipes that flooded the area. “When you renovate an older building, you run into problems that you didn’t expect,” Banner said. The original building has had the entire roof replaced while the inside has been gutted and removed of all mechanical, electrical and See JC, PAGE 5


Mullaney addresses new students at Freshman Convocation By Grant Beebe

tional experiences in both the classroom and the field to impart a “fundamental philosophy of responsibility.” Emphasizing the importance of an education’s ability to cultivate perseverance, Mullaney recalled boxing while attending West Point and losing every graded boxing match while still earning a B-minus mark. “I realized that the reason they had us box, is that almost

Students recite the University Creed during the freshman convocation for the Class of 2017 Tuesday night.

Craig Mullaney, awardwinning author of “The Unforgiving Minute,” challenged the Class of 2017 to answer a question in Tuesday’s freshman convocation. The question, which he said many others had asked him, was, “What do we do now, sir?” Mullaney, an entrepreneur who previously served in the U.S. Army, drew from educa-


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Macklemore, Not Miley By Christine Dickason

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), which took place on Sunday, gave everyone a lot to talk about this week. Judging from reactions on Twitter, I probably am in the majority when I say that I may never be able to clear the images of Miley Cyrus’s performance from my mind. Between the Miley train wreck, Taylor Swift’s reactions, and the short (but brilliant) NSYNC reunion, it was easy to forget about the rest of the show. But I believe that the most important moment of the night did not come from any of those performers. Instead, it was in the comparatively understated performance of “Same Love” by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert. While I am not too proud to admit that I sometimes find it hard to resist fun pop anthems like “We Can’t Stop,” there is something special about a song that carries a powerful message about social change. Macklemore has the ability to influence many with his music, and his words about love and acceptance are important beyond the stage at the VMAs. He understands this.

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been encouraging. Within the states that recognize samesex marriage, DOMA will no longer be a barrier to couples seeking the benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples from the federal government. But the LGBT community still faces a number of roadblocks on the path to achieving equality. LGBT individuals struggle with underemployment and poverty, partly due to the lack of a federal law to prevent discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation. According to a Gallup study, thirty-five percent of the LGBT population report incomes of less than $24,000 per year—24 percent higher than the general population. Homelessness is another huge issue—up to 40 percent of the homeless are LGBT youth. And young LGBT individuals struggle with school climate. Mental Health America reports that 28 percent of all gay students drop out of school, more than three times the dropout rate of their heterosexual peers. A report from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network that examined the experiences of LGBT youth in schools found that these individuals frequently heard homophobic remarks, felt un-

safe, or experienced harassment or assault. When considering any of these issues, the disparities worsen when looking at people of color within the LGBT community and are often amplified in the South. True equality for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, will not be achieved simply through a Supreme Court decision, though that’s important. Instead, it will take a cultural shift, one that seems to be slowly occurring, especially as the younger generation matures to voting age. Never would I have imagined that I would grow tired of hearing “Same Love” on local radio stations in Tennessee because it is played so frequently. The song is number 7 on iTunes and is recognized as the first Top 40 song that promotes marriage equality. The music video has over 70 million views. So while Miley may be the one everyone is talking about this week, people will quickly forget her antics. What will persist are the social messages that music imparts to us. At least for last night, that message was summed up perfectly by Macklemore: “Gay rights are human rights: there is no separation.”


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In addition to his superstar status, Macklemore serves as a powerful spokesperson for gay rights due to his identity as a straight male. He emphasizes the message that one does not have to identify as LGBT to support equality for all Americans. As he sang on stage this past weekend: “I might not be the same/But that’s not important.” The performance may seem insignificant to some: it’s just one song at the VMAs. But it represents a broader movement occurring within our generation. The Millennial generation overwhelmingly supports marriage equality. A poll by the Pew Research Center this year found that 70 percent of individuals born in or after 1981 support marriage equality, a 6 percent increase from 2012. In March, I stood with thousands of proponents of marriage equality on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as the oral arguments for two cases, commonly referred to as Prop 8 and DOMA, were heard. I watched as people young and old, gay and straight united to assert the conviction that everyone should be free to love whom they wish. The steps our country has taken over the past year have

By Whitney Greer

After a decade of boots on the ground in the Middle East, the military extraction date set for the summer of 2014 can not come soon enough for some Americans. There is talk about how the civilian death toll in Afghanistan has dropped to its lowest figure in six years, but siT H E D A I LY

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lence on the UN report stating that this past year the number of females killed or injured has grown by 20 percent. To American citizens safe and sound inside our borders snuggled up with the Bill of Rights and Constitution hearing the word ‘Taliban” is routine, and just means that someone left the TV on the news channel again. For the women of Afghanistan, the word Taliban carries with it a tangible rancor and suffocating barbarism that they are forced to stare down every single day. Afghanistan’s 2009 Elimination of Violence Against Wom-

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en law is currently being targeted for amendments such as: the removal of any and all criminal penalties for rape, the abolishment of women’s shelters and dissolving the minimum marriage age clause. Is the plight of Afghan women unworthy of feminist group Code Pink’s attention because it is not happening in their medicine cabinets or in the feminine hygiene aisle? So it looks like women’s rights in the Middle East are riding a greased fireball into extinction again, but as long as no one lays a finger on my birth control, “all is well” is the unsaid message of feminist movements in the Unit-

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ed States who would typically raise awareness of local and global women’s rights atrocities. The War on Women so vigorously peddled among the mainstream media has merged with the War on Terror to become a seething reality in the hearts and minds of women conveniently stowed 6,956.6 miles out of America’s line of vision. To more fully detail the crisis that is women’s rights or lack thereof in Afghanistan, one could reference any of the brave and truly heroic women of all ages speaking out at Women for See TERROR, PAGE 3

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Cooking away our health problems

By Orion Wilcox

It is no secret that America has a strange relationship with food and weight. The magazines at the supermarket checkout advertise the latest “miracle diets” behind pictures of abnormally skinny women (seriously their heads are larger than their waists). Despite the fact that we seem to worship thinness, chances are the person in front of or behind you in line is overweight. The U.S. is currently the world’s second fattest country, behind Mexico, with 37.5 percent of Americans reported as obese. Eight out of 10 of the heaviest states are located in the South, the only place where you can choose between fried Twinkies or a fried Snickers bar. For the sixth year in a row, Mississippi weighs in as the heaviest state in the nation, according to the Center for Disease Control. Many of the leading causes of preventable death, such as heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes, are related to obesity. In addition to the health risks there is an economic cost to being overweight. Obesity-related conditions account for 10 percent of health care costs in America. The University of Mississippi Medical Center claims that an obese individual will accrue 40 percent more health care costs than a similar non-obese person. The statistics can be a bit depressing, but one chef has introduced a novel and simple solution. Jamie Oliver, famous for his BBC cooking show “The Naked Chef,” recommends that Americans can lose weight by learning to cook. Now, before we get all up in arms over a Brit telling us Americans how to cook, we may want to give this guy a chance. Oliver, who’s “Food Revolution” initiative has gained massive celebrity support, argues that every person should know how to cook at least 10 healthy recipes. “We’re turning food into the enemy,” Oliver said. “Something to be afraid of.” Oliver’s initiative is three-fold. In order to change the way we eat, he argues that we have to take the fight into our kitchens, into our schools and onto Main Street. Oliver knows that poor children, especially, do not get the nutrition they need because their parents do not know how to cook and because it is cheaper and easier for moms to buy microwavable dinners and fast food. The former chef also plac-

es blame on America’s school cafeterias which he claims “endorse fast food” by not allowing cutlery. Finally, Oliver accuses America’s superstores, such as Walmart, of not providing consumers with healthy alternatives. While I agree with the need for a food revolution in this country, I hold back from placing the blame on stores like Walmart. As a college student with financial and time restraints I shop at Walmart once a week. While Walmart certainly has a negative effect on mom and pop shops it is also almost certainly a blessing for single moms and dads. I haven’t quite fulfilled Oliver’s prescription of 10 recipes (do Ramen noodles count?), but I do cook on a regular basis and consider myself a pretty healthy eater (what about PB&J?). I find everything I need for a balanced diet (okay, we’re talking on college terms here) within WallyWorld’s never-ending aisles. The issue is knowledge and education. If people know how to cook healthy meals, as Oliver promotes, they will buy healthier options and eventually Walmart and other megastores will begin to provide more and better alternatives at “always low prices.”

TERROR, continued from page 2 Afghan Women shelters. Recent incidents of violence against women include Zakia, who was publicly gutted like a sheep and left to die by her father and brother for refusing to marry a stranger more than twice her age. Upon regaining consciousness she pushed her intestines back inside her body through the gash her father had made in her abdomen, held her slit throat together, and picked herself up out of a puddle of her own blood to stand and face the strangers coming towards her to tell them who had done this to her. Abhorrent acts of violence against women happen routinely even up to this day in Afghanistan. The solution to this institutionalized cultural violence doesn’t come in 12 easy steps and no timeline can be set to it. The only hope for liberating the women of Afghanistan comes in raising awareness and lowering international tolerance for these acts. As stated in an article by Saira Zuberi of Association for Women’s Rights in Development, “Caught between foreign occupation, a corrupt government, warlords and the Taliban insurgents … it is crucial that the inclusion and meaningful participation of women be made non-negotiable in the transition process and in any discussions of peace and security.”

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All Americans want the troops home, but pulling out of Afghanistan before adequately preparing the country to function without our military aide will once again create a power vacuum and jihadist site in a volatile region, nearly identical to the one that gave rise to the Taliban roughly 20 years ago. It is heartbreaking to think of the sacrifices our troops and their families have made in the War on Terror being devalued due to political impatience. Equally tragic is leaving in our wake thousands of Afghan women struggling to maintain the meager rights they currently have come 2014. The goal for the final U.S. hands off in Afghanistan shouldn’t be a seamless country, but a country with the stability and means to resist extremism, while representing and protecting its women as well as its men.

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continued from page 1 everyone is bad at it,” Mullaney said. “You’re likely to get hit, and knocked, and rattled. They don’t want to turn you into a great boxer, they want to turn you into someone who is going to get back up – they’re teaching resilience. “The challenge of education is to prepare you to seek out failure, and to become more resilient from it,” Mullaney said. Mullaney stated that through his experiences in education and the field, he has learned the importance of ambiguity. “West Point taught me how to answer questions efficiently,” Mullaney said, comparing the structure of the military academy to the freedom of self-directed study at Oxford University. “No one was giving me guidance on what to do next at Oxford,” Mullaney said. “Look for that gift here.” Reflecting on the sentiments expressed by Mullaney, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Brandi Hephner LaBanc urged students to consider change as an opportunity to grow. “College is a place where you have to shed yourself of old groups and old thoughts and be open to filling your mind with different ideas and meeting different people,” Hephner LaBanc said. “If we can figure out what motivates others, it just may change what we think about who they are and what they are doing – slowing down to talk and look at one another allows us to connect.” Chancellor Dan Jones commented that the evening was a perfect start to the academic year. “It is simply good to have our students hear this inspirational talk tonight and good for them to get off to a good start here at Ole Miss,” Jones said.

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an identical bill on April 16. That bill was tabled until the Senate’s next meeting on April 30, which was the last Senate meeting of the 2012-13 school year. After three hours of debate April 30, the Senate voted to kill the bill and wait until the fall semester to make a solid decision. Last night’s meeting was the Senate’s first meeting of the semester. Gregory said timing issues prompted the Senate to act quickly. The ASB Constitution and Codes state that fall personality elections require five weeks of open campaigning. Gregory also sought a two-week grace period for candidates to prepare for the official campaign. Gregory told The DM last week that ASB senators had

been seeking additional student input over the summer. “I think how smoothly (tonight) went just shows how prepared all the senators were for (the vote),” Gregory said last night. “They had talked to people and talked to each other and really made sure that we had an accurate and all-encompassing representation and voice.” After the meeting concluded, senators expressed their relief with the decision, which took more than four months to reach. “I’m very happy with ‘Mr. Ole Miss,’” At-Large ASB Senator Pearce Crosland said. “I think if (the students) can’t have ‘Colonel Reb,’ I think (‘Mr. Ole Miss’) is what they prefer.” Adam Ganucheau contributed to this article.

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Associated Student Body Senators James Parrett, left, and Rod Bridges discuss a bill to change the name of the male homecoming personality during a meeting Tuesday night.

JC, continued from page 1 plumbing systems. Banner said he understands whenever there is project underway on campus, it becomes an inconvenience for everyone, but it is something that has to be done in order to improve the beauty of the university. “Unfortunately you can’t build buildings without letting people know you are building them,” Banner said. “Believe me, I would if we could.” Senior food service director Jason Phillips said he is excited about the project despite the delay in completion. Phillips also said those who were employed at the Johnson Commons have been allocated to different places on campus and future employees will have to wait to be hired until they are ready. He tours the property about every two weeks, and he says the architectural features have changed including sky lights, patios and more. Phillips said once the Johnson Commons is finished it

will be an area where people can study, eat and enjoy the view of the quad. “It’s going to feel like a retail environment,” Phillips said. “You will have a million dollar view.” Banner said a new main entrance will be added between Johnson Commons East and West along with a new pedestrian connection through the center of the east and west halves of the buildings linking West Dormitory Row with the quad. According to Banner, the building will seat more than

800 people in “market style” dining where visitors will be able to select from several different food concepts served in intimate dining spaces. A restaurant-style dining space will also be located on the ground floor opening onto the quad. Phillips said this has been a major project but knows it will be worth it in the end to have a new updated dining facility. “I had the intention from day one to be the shining star in the SEC,” Banner said.


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Students were welcomed to campus with ice cream and music Tuesday. Ole Miss Director of Admissions Whitman Smith passed out ice cream to students in front of the Student Union. Local musician and Ole Miss student Jack Coffin played in front of the Student Union as the first performer of the Union Unplugged series.

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Ole Miss special teams efficiency or deficiency

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Tyler Campbell punts during practice last week.

By Tyler Bischoff

Last season, Ole Miss was atrocious on special teams. They ranked near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in nearly every special teams sta-

tistical category. The Rebels averaged just 5.58 yards per punt return, worst in the SEC. Ole Miss was 12th in the conference in average punt yards at 40.52. Ole Miss was 12th in the SEC in average kick return yards and gave up the most yards

per kick return. Placekicker Bryson Rose missed 10 field goals, only Aaron Jones of Baylor and Chase Hover of SMU missed more field goals last season than Rose. The only area in which Ole Miss excelled in special teams was extra points,

as Rose made all 49 of his attempts. All of these numbers are reflected in the Fremeau Efficiency Index, according to Football Outsiders. The Rebels ranked 111th out of 124 teams in special teams efficiency in 2012. Ole Miss ranked in the top 50 in offensive and defensive efficiency and considering they lost three games by 10 total points, it is hard to determine exactly how much the Rebels’ deficiency in the third facet of the game cost them. Ole Miss is looking for immediate improvement in the often overlooked area of special teams. Senior running back Jeff Scott will be moved to punt returner with the added depth at running back, and Tyler Campbell will return to handle the punting duties after redshirting last season. In 2011, Scott was the top punt returner for the Rebels and Campbell was the punter. Despite going 2-10 in Houston Nutt’s final season, Ole Miss actually ranked thirteenth in the country in special teams efficiency. Expect Scott and Campbell to help turn around the efficiency rating for the special teams.

When Ole Miss takes on Vanderbilt Thursday night, expect special teams efficiency to play a major role in determining the victor. Last season, Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss by the slimmest of margins, 27-26. Not coincidentally, last season Vanderbilt ranked sixth in special teams efficiency. Now, special teams may be directly traced to Ole Miss losing; Rose missed a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. But Rose connected on his four other field goal attempts and a 52-yarder is certainly not a chip shot. However, special teams had an indirect effect on Ole Miss losing. Senior wide receiver Korvic Neat had negative five yards on three punt returns, and Vanderbilt punted eight times. Neat had a long return of two yards, meaning every time Richard Kent punted for Vanderbilt, the Ole Miss offense was starting wherever he made the ball landed or worse. Kent downed four of his punts inside the 20-yard line, which gave Ole Miss trouble as they started seven possessions inSee SPECIAL, PAGE 9



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Safety first: Brown emerges as impact player

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Safety Chief Brown, back, and defensive end Channing Ward run a drill last week.

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A season ago, the Ole Miss defense was leaving fall camp with two guys at the top of the depth chart at safety. It was junior Cody Prewitt and sophomore Trae Elston, then everyone else. Not much fanfare followed redshirt freshman Chief Brown. Now a redshirt sophomore and considered a third starter at safety by safeties coach and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, Brown is poised to make an impact alongside Prewitt and Elston. “He’s pushing me hard, and we’re competing every day,” Elston said of Brown. What was once a position manned by two players now has added competition, and it has certainly brought the best out of everyone in fall camp. “We push each other to do better because there is always competition,” Brown said. So it’s easy to see that the emergence of Brown has really helped take Prewitt and Elston’s focus and effort to another level, which should be a big help to the back end of the Rebel secondary this season. So after limited production last season, what has helped boost Brown from a role-player to a possible starter at safety? “My roommates (sophomore linebacker) Denzel (Nkemdiche) and (junior quarterback) Bo (Wallace),” Brown said. “Watching them have great seasons just inspired me to work hard to be able to play with my brothers. “When you have two great stars in your household you have to live up to your potential. You can’t be some slacker. You have to learn the playbook, so I did. Now I can play free safety or

rover safety.” In addition to being motivated by his roommates and learning the playbook, Brown also cited that hard work this offseason with strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson has helped him get stronger and faster. The improvements made this offseason could be the turning point for Brown. “This offseason has given me a lot of confidence and has really helped me get back the confi-

dence and swagger that I had in high school,” Brown said. So while much of the attention this fall has been on the emergence of Brown, the Winona native has also been impressed with both Prewitt and Elston. “(Prewitt) is a great leader and a great player,” Brown said. “He plays hard and he sparks the secondary to be better. When he’s ready to go, we’re all ready to go. He’s a great guy to play with. He’s the fire of our defense. “(Elston) is a phenomenal athlete. He could actually play on both sides of the ball. He’s a great safety, a very physical player. He has special skills back there at safety. He has great ball skills.” Brown said he has learned a lot from being around Prewitt and Elston, but that each is able to learn from the other. Talk started in the spring that there could be three starters at safety when Wommack said he viewed Brown as a starter following the spring game. Now in fall camp, Wommack continues to say the same thing. With so much time and reps spent together, the relationship that has been built might just create some special chemistry on the field. “We have a great bond,” Brown said. “Everybody always calls us ‘the trio.’” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @JLgrindin and @ thedm_sports on Twitter.


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side their own 20-yard line and produced five punts, one made field goal and one missed field goal. Also indirectly hurting Ole Miss was Jim Broadway’s punting. In the third quarter, he had a 38-yard punt to the Vanderbilt 49-yard line that resulted in Vanderbilt driving the short field for a touchdown to pull within 23-20. At the end of the first half, he had a 37-yard punt to the Vanderbilt 49-yard line that allowed the Commodores to

complete one pass and kick a field goal in the last 21 seconds of the first half. Ole Miss held the fourth best punt return man in the SEC, Jonathan Krause, in check. He had just one yard on four returns, 20 yards below his per game average. Ole Miss will need to replicate that type of punt coverage, as well as get Scott and Campbell to provide an instant upgrade to punt returning and punting, to go into Nashville and knock off Vanderbilt. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @Tyler_RSR and @ thedm_sports on Twitter.


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Running back Jeff Scott maturing on and off the field

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Running back Jeff Scott runs a drill during practice last week.

By Matt Sigler

Last season for Ole Miss, running back Jeff Scott carried the load on the ground. He was the team’s leading rusher with 846 yards and also led the team in carries with 197. However, the toll of SEC defenses would eventually get to him and his teammates as the rushing attack for the Rebels took a steady de-

cline as the season progressed. Now, the Rebels have found depth with sophomores Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers and have also added freshmen Kailo Moore and Mark Dodson and plan to utilize this to keep Scott’s legs as fresh as possible. “It’s huge,” running backs coach Derrick Nix said of the added depth. “There is competition every single day. Each kid

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knows they can’t come out and lay an egg so to speak. You’ve got to come out and work hard every single day and you know there is another guy behind you that’s maybe just as good or brings a different set of skills to the table and it has helped make us a better offensive unit and has helped us at the running back position as well.” Despite the abundance of names in the backfield, coaches and Scott alike still expect him to put up solid numbers and contribute in more ways than he did last season. “I think you’re going to see a more well-rounded performance from him, catching the ball, special teams and of course running the football as well,” Nix said of Scott. “He’s going to bring all of his talent to the table a bit more this season.” Although Scott finds himself solidly planted atop the depth chart at running back for the Rebels, the journey there wasn’t an easy one. Scott, who has battled both being what is considered an undersized back on the field at 5 feet 7 inches,

162 pounds and some issues off the field, has now caught the eyes of coaches and players as he has grown into what he is today. “He was just a wide-eyed freshman when he came here four years ago,” Nix said. “Just learning the structure and accountability and things like that, he’s come a long way with that, and I’m very proud of where he is at right now.” Head coach Hugh Freeze also noted the substantial amount of progress Scott has made outside of football. “I’m real proud of Jeff and the young man he is becoming off the field,” Freeze said. “I think he has probably changed as much as anyone since I arrived. I’m proud of what he did academically to get himself where he is today, and I think he is starting to make wise decisions, and I’m proud of him in that.” As Scott entered his senior season and final campaign in the red and blue, he was faced with the challenge of being limited in fall camp. However, that has not slowed him down a bit.

Scott said he has progressed tremendously in the film room and the limited reps have also helped with his health heading into the season. “It’s helped me a lot,” Scott said. “I still feel fresh. Last season, I was banged up during camp and ended up missing the first game. So I think they did a pretty good job keeping me fresh and giving the younger guys reps so they know what it’s like when it comes to game time.” As for off the field, Scott has also noticed a personal change within himself and plans to continue on the road he is on. “It’s my senior year and I’ve been here for four years,” he said. “I’ve just matured a lot and grew up. I’ve been surrounding myself with good people who want to be better and that’s what I’m trying to be. “I’m trying to be better, and hopefully, I can take my talents to the next level.”

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Johnny Manziel Courts Miley Cyrus and Other SEC Musing

1. Clowney Question: If South Carolina star produces, can Heisman voters overcome bias and stupidity to elect a second-ever defender? In the 78 years of the history of the Heisman Trophy — given to college football’s most outstanding player — only once has a player who primarily played defense won the award. That would be Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson in 1997. South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney thinks this bias against defenders is absolute garbage. And if the 6-foot-6, 274-pound monster can notch close to 20 sacks and make more hits like he did against a Michigan running back in last season’s Outback Bowl, he might be able to buck this trend. Then it will be up to the voters to look past the flashy offensive players and mark Clowney on their ballots. 2. Five-Star Impact: Ranking the impact of R. Nkemdiche, Treadwell, Tunsil and Conner in 2013 Robert Nkemdiche is already a starter on the Ole Miss defensive line, having jumped several veterans. Laquon Treadwell is set to do the same at slot receiver. Laremy Tunsil is the top backup at left tackle. And Tony Conner is set for major playing time at Huskie. Ole Miss’ five-star recruits from the class of 2013 have undoubtedly lived up to their high billing thus far. But which one will make the biggest impact for the Rebels this fall? Here’s how I think they’ll rank in terms of productivity, and I’ve thrown in some statistical predictions as well: (1) Treadwell: 40 receptions, 450 yards, 6 TDS; (2) Nkemdiche: 43 tackles, 5 sacks; (3) Tunsil: plays in all 12 regular season games, starts 2; (4) Conner: 30 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 interception. 3. Nick Saban gets bored, South Carolina Captures SEC Championship, National Title Here’s my off-the-wall prediction for 2013: Nick Saban, the best coach in all of college football, finally gets bored of winning all the time and decides to take the gas off the pedal a little bit. Instead of meticulously piecing together defensive game plans and engaging in intense recruiting battles across the country, Saban decides to spend more time hanging out with family and enjoying his favorite snack — Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies. (Seriously, one of Nick Saban’s few indulgences in life is Oat-

meal Cream Pies.) With Alabama a non-factor, South Carolina wins the SEC and national championship. Steve Spurrier rightfully goes out on top, retiring to a life of cold ones and playing golf without his shirt on. All kidding aside, I really do think — or at least hope — that Alabama will take a slight step back this year. My prognostication is that the Crimson Tide come up short in the SEC Championship Game to South Carolina, and the Gamecocks represent the conference in the final BCS National Championship Game. Why? I’ll throw out three reasons: (1) The Gamecocks have one of the best college football players of all time — Clowney — playing a premium position on a defense that contains other talented playmakers; (2) The schedule is extremely favorable outside of a Week 2 trip to Georgia, a team South Carolina absolutely smoked last year; (3) Spurrier is a battle-tested, national championship-winning coach who has “beaten Saban” on his resume. 4. Johnny Manziel and Miley Cyrus should start dating for my entertainment The collective sports media and TMZ rejoice. College football resident Heisman-winning party boy and pop music train wreck/every father’s nightmare is now a Facebook-official couple. OK, I admit, I’m lying. Johnny Manziel and Miley Cyrus aren’t actually together, but wouldn’t it

be cool — and don’t they kind of deserve each other at this point? Personally, I’m a fan of the absurdity that Manziel and Cyrus have exhibited as of late if for no other reason than my own personal entertainment and the outrage of old, boring or prudish types. So bear with me here: If Johnny Football and Miley Cyrus start dating, the Internet would break thanks to the unbridled ridiculousness and debauchery that would ensue. Think of the pictures and videos that would surface on social media after a weekend of Cyrus hanging out in College Station. Even better, Miley wouldn’t allow Johnny to bro out with lame rappers like Drake anymore. Instead, Ms. Cyrus would help Johnny Football hang out with the crème de la crème of the industry — Jay-Z and Kanye, for instance. So, Johnny, call up Miley and ask her out to a nice surf and turf dinner. Then, if things work out, you can thank me on Twitter. 5. Picking Week 1: Alabama set to give Virginia Tech massive wedgie And finally my picks for Week 1 in the SEC: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech: No, seriously, Nick Saban is going to stand on his tippy toes and give Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer a wedgie. Then, the Crimson Tide roll 42-13. Arkansas vs. UL-Lafayette: First-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announces minutes before kickoff that he’s nixed every passing play in the Razorbacks’ offensive playbook. Nonetheless, Woo Pig Sooie runs to victory 3114. Auburn vs. Washington State: Two of college football’s most wide-open offenses go at it. I’ll go with Gus “I really, really hate Houston Nutt” Malzahn and Auburn 38-21 over Mike “I have a

pirate fetish” Leach in this bizarre SEC-Pac-12 matchup. Florida vs. Toledo: An Ole Miss frat bro wearing jean shorts — high fashion in Gainesville — has a better chance of getting a coed’s digits on The Oxford Square than Florida does of having a consistently productive offense in 2013. But this is Toledo we’re talking about. Go Gata 42-14. Georgia vs. Clemson: Remember when Clemson fans thought Robert Nkemdiche was really going to sign with their school? That was funny, wasn’t it? The Football Gods make it up to the Tigers with a 31-24 victory over Georgia. Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky: Western Kentucky upsets Kentucky — this time 24-21 — for the second year in a row. Troubled first-year Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino subsequently jumps on his motorcycle and heads to Hooter’s for a night of celebration. LSU vs. TCU: Many have TCU in an upset. I think Les Miles could smoke grass — rather than eat it — and the Tigers would still smoke the Horned Frogs. LSU 3514 please and thank you. Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt:

Robert. Robert. Robert. Yes, the younger Nkemdiche is going to be good, unfathomably good, but his older brother is already a superstar. Denzel hits Vandy QB Austyn Carta-Samuels, making his first meaningful start, early and often and the Rebels roll 31-21. Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State: If you’re an Ole Miss fan who wants to see Dan Mullen humbled on national TV, then tune in. The Cowboys, Big 12 favorites, obliterate the Bulldogs 49-21. Missouri vs. Murray State: I couldn’t come up with a more boring matchup if I tried. Missouri wins 42-13, I guess. South Carolina vs. North Carolina: North Carolina players get off the bus. North Carolina players see Clowney. North Carolina team forfeits game. Tennessee vs. Austin Peay: Fun, irrelevant fact: First-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones strongly resembles the dad from Home Alone. Rocky Top starts out slow but tops Austin Peay 35-10. Texas A&M vs. Rice: With Miley Cyrus cheering (and twerking) on the sidelines, Manziel and the Aggies vanquish Rice 56-14.


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