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UM implements gameday parking changes By Hawley Martin

The University of Mississippi community will see many changes to the game day parking system beginning on Saturday. The Department of Parking and Transportation has recreated the parking system for game day due in part to cooperation with the Office of Civil Rights. According to Isaac Astill, director of parking and transportation, the university has committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many, like Astill, had noticed that many fans in the past were parking illegally due to the popularity of the Ole Miss tailgating atmosphere, and consequently people with certain disabilities found it difficult or impossible to participate in Saturday’s festivities. “Over the years with the grow-

ing popularity (of the Grove) people are basically parking on sidewalks, I saw them on stairs, on grass areas. And basically what it comes down to is we have to ensure the safety and accessibility for those coming to campus,” Astill said. A parking committee has pledged to ensure that there are the appropriate number of ADA spots on campus, enforce these spots accordingly and make sure these spots provide access to campus, according to Astill. Additionally, only three other sets of people will be allowed to park on campus on game day: those who live on campus and have the appropriate parking permit, those who have purchased a designated spot and those with mission-critical activities. The spots for sale were purchased through the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation, and they have


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A parking sign displayed near the Residential Colleges Thursday afternoon. New parking changes require permits to park on gamedays.

all been sold, according to Astill. One lot has been set aside for a select number of faculty who must be on campus every day for

endeavors that require daily at- one of these spots with keen judgetention, such as science experi- ment. ments. Astill said that the parking committee considered requests for See PARKING, PAGE 7

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium receives facelift By Pete Porter

New chair-back seats are seen at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Thursday afternoon.


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Khayat discusses new book, time at university

Vaught-Hemingway will have a new and improved look as Ole Miss begins its 2013 home football schedule against Southeast Missouri State University on Saturday. The stadium received a facelift during the offseason that included the addition of blue sidelines, four on-field suites, brick outlines around the edges of the stadium, a new slogan on the press box, reconstruction of the first two rows on both sidelines and the removal of the chain link fence on each sideline. Although it sounds like a lot of changes, Ole Miss Mar-

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keting Coordinator Brandon Hudspeth said he thinks it will still be the same VaughtHemingway that Rebel fans have come to love. “I think the fans will feel excitement not only because it’s the first home game of the season, but also because of the changes,” Hudspeth said. “It’ll have a little bit different look but for the most part it’s going to be exactly what you remember of the stadium before.” According to Hudspeth, the blue turf is mainly a staging area where personnel can go back and forth without having to worry about interfering See STADIUM, PAGE 8

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The Syrian problem By Whitney Greer

President Obama’s proposed U.S. military intervention in Syria, based off of Bashar al-Assad’s usage of chemical weapons, would be equivalent to meekly swatting a hornet’s nest then climbing the tree in which it hangs. This comes as no surprise, as lately the president has been so busy trying to land on the right side of diplomatic history that he has done nothing but cha-cha across the line between reason and weakness while doling out monetary and military aid to unstable regimes. The Obama approach to “address” the Syrian problem entails giving arms to our pet Syrian faction so they may fend off the bloodthirsty extremists who are their opposition. In return they will naturally push a representative government that will pander to the U.S. and Israel’s agenda for the region. T H E D A I LY

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All that needs to be done is to find the pro-American, pro-democracy faction within Syria, and hand them a bushel of RPGs and a few M16s for the road. Then the U.S. can wash its hands of pesky al-Assad for the next few years until the dirty work is completed, and we can swoop in with ballot boxes and equal rights to finish the job. So which side of the Syrian civil war should we support: al-Assad and his current regime, or the rebels? Therein lies the problem. It has already been made very clear that al-Assad is up to his elbows in weapons shipments and passive-aggressive diplomatic support from Russia, all with an antiU.S. agenda. Meanwhile, Iranrun, Lebanon-based Hezbollah is patrolling the streets of Syria in the name of upholding the Assad regime, and threatening a strike on Israel should Obama find the gumption to take action against him.

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Cross that group off the U.S. weapons handout list, let’s move on to the rebels. A Syrian rebel killed a Hezbollah insurgent and proceeded to make a home movie out of cutting the fallen fighters’ heart out and taking a bite out of it. There is also the fact that rebels burn down and massacre villages of innocent Christians whenever they happen to come across them, but details like that have fallen to the wayside since Obama painted himself into a corner via a red line banning chemical weapon usage. As promising as the rebel faction sounds to hand some highpowered rifles to going off of their many genocidal actions alone, they are also unabashedly made up of the Muslim Brotherhood. You know, the same one that just got dethroned in Egypt once their thin veneer of self-claimed “moderate” ideology wore off. What’s more, the rebels do not even need U.S. funding if reports of al-

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Qaida supplying them jihadists, weapons and other aid are true. It is clear that there is simply no good side to intervene on behalf of in the Syrian civil war, which is the actuality behind Congress, Britain, the United Nations and the American people not boarding the “invade Syria” train Obama is currently riding around the bend. In its essence, the Syrian civil war is a battle between Shia and Sunni Islam, an age-old conflict that no American military support can nullify. U.S. involvement would give Iran an excuse to attack Israel, and al-Qaida a foothold on the path toward reaching political legitimacy long term. Most notably, a military strike toward Syria is an action that would incite a bloody power struggle throughout the entirety of the Middle East in one fell swoop and so should be nothing less than vehemently avoided by the Obama administration.

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Khayat discusses new book, time at university by Bracey Harris


To say former University of Mississippi chancellor Robert Khayat has lived a storied life is an understatement. That story will be shared with the public when Khayat’s first memoir, “The Education of a Lifetime,” is released Sept. 10. When the Moss Point native enrolled at The University of Mississippi in 1956, he could not predict the bond that would be forged and would last for decades. “It was a pretty natural decision,” said Khayat of choosing to attend the university. The first connection Khayat had with Ole Miss was his high school football coach, Dixie Howell, who played football for the Rebels. After Khayat witnessed two practices of the Ole Miss football team in Biloxi for the Sugar Bowl, which was full of, as he described, “glitz and flashiness,” his decision was made. Although he was tempted to go to LSU or Alabama, he never lost that special feeling for Ole Miss. Now, 67 years after enrolling, Khayat reflects on his 14 years as chancellor of The University of Mississippi in his memoir. In his book Khayat takes readers on a journey from his childhood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to his efforts to challenge the image of Ole Miss as an institution still mired in racial hostility and shape it into one of America’s premier public universities. Tuesday, The Daily Missis-

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sippian sat down with Khayat before he headed off to a reception for his new book. Sitting in the parlor of the Lyceum, one thing became apparent: Khayat knows how to handle the press — a fact that’s not surprising considering the almost constant scrutiny his administration received as a result of dealing with some of the university’s most controversial symbols.

A lettered student athlete, Khayat played on the university’s baseball and football teams. The baseball team won the SEC championship, but state officials banned them from participating in the College World Series for fear they would compete against black players. He explained that although segregation was considered the norm, he and several of his teammates grew up play-

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the last time he drew such ire from the Ole Miss fan base was when he missed the field goal against Tennessee, but even that response paled in comparison. No death threats were received over three points. He is blunt about why the flag removal process got underway. Coaches informed him that other schools were using it against See KHAYAT, PAGE 4

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KHAYAT, continued from page 3 them. So the decision was made to remove the Rebel flag with tact. Arguments were made that the fans purchase tickets with the expectation to see the field, not a flag. So the size of the flag was regulated. Next came the safety issue. As a result, no sticks with a pointed edge were allowed, including umbrellas, flags and hot dogs on a stick. Khayat’s dedication to racial progress might come as a surprise. After all, he grew up a white man in one of the most extreme situations of racism, known as the “Southern way of

life.” When asked what made him different from many others of his generation, he pointed to his late parents. “Did your mother teach you?” he asked. “It was the same with me. My parents taught me to respect everyone regardless of race.” The progress of the university was questioned in the aftermath of the 2012 election protests. Khayat’s view on race at Ole Miss is a sentiment shared by many. Things are not perfect, but we are much further than we were. “I am confident that they’re still conflicts, but they aren’t limited to Ole Miss and Mississippi,” Khayat said.

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PARKING, continued from page 1 In order to combat the reduced amount of parking on campus for fans, the university will be running a shuttle from the Oxford Mall on Jackson Avenue and a shuttle from the Whirlpool parking lot on Coliseum Drive. The shuttles and the parking are free of charge. These shuttles will be running every five to seven minutes from 5:30 a.m. until two hours after the conclusion of the game. At halftime an additional bus will join

each location for a smoother transportation experience. Additionally, the city of Oxford will run a shuttle service comprised of six to eight buses from Central Middle School, the Oxford Conference Center and the Oxford Activities Center starting three hours before kickoff. Parking is free, but the bus fare is $5 per person. Any car that is not permitted to park on campus on game day must have exited by 4 a.m. on Saturday morning in some areas. Other areas have signs that say cars must exit by 6 p.m. on Friday.

Fans who wish to drop off people or supplies at the Grove are permitted to do so on University Avenue and must turn around in the circle and exit on University Avenue. “No later than two hours before game time, there won’t be any access to the Grove any longer unless you have a permit,” Astill said. This year the Oxford Police Department has also established a newfound commitment to enforcing parking regulations downtown. “Anywhere in a neighborhood where the curb is painted yellow,

those are the areas that we are going to primarily focus on,” OPD Major James Owens said. Owens stated OPD has committed to enforcing the parking laws to make the job of emergency vehicles more efficient and so residential neighbors can drive more easily on game day as well. Local residents have begun to take advantage of the parking shortage on game day. Ed Meek, entrepreneur and publisher of, is selling parking spots at his office for $1,000 for the seven-game home schedule and $200 per game if space is avail-

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was mainly a safety issue for players. Right now if you’re a game day personnel coming on the field and you have to get to the other end, you have to jump over Gatorade coolers and weave through TV trucks. The blue really separates it and lets you know it’s a staging area.” With the addition of the blue sidelines came brick outlying, giving the stadium a much nicer look, according to Hudspeth. “We wanted to upgrade the look and give it that brick facade so it looks nicer and (has) more of a polished look to it, and we took out the chain

link fence on the field level,” he said. Another addition to the stadium is four new on-field luxury boxes, one in each corner. According to Hudspeth, one box is reserved for the Athletics Foundation and will mainly be used for donors, and another is bought by a sponsor. The other two boxes can be rented by anyone for any game, which has drawn a huge response. “It’s been a big hit so far; obviously the bigger games have been sold,” Hudspeth said. “As far as the (game) experience goes, which is what we’re so concerned about on

game day, I don’t think you can get any better than right there next to the action.” Another change Ole Miss fans will quickly notice is the removal of the old Ole Miss logo on the press box. This has been replaced by the phrase “Home of the Ole Miss Rebels.” Hudspeth said many fans thought the logo was the incorrect one. “Everyone thinks it’s the wrong logo when in fact it was a very old logo that I think was done wrong or made wrong from the beginning,” Hudspeth said. When asked about the feed-

back the school has received so far from fans about the renovations, Hudspeth said it has been overwhelming. “So far it’s been wonderful,” Hudspeth said. “They really like the look. They think it makes the stadium more cohesive and have a classier look. Glad to see our hard work pay off.”

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After going on the road and recording a 39-35 win over Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt last Thursday, the Ole Miss Rebels will return home this Saturday to the friendly confines of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to take on FCS opponent Southeast Missouri, which enters with an 0-1 record after falling to Southeastern Louisiana 45-7 last week.

“I look forward to sharing with them what it’s like to play at home, particularly for our new kids,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said in his weekly press conference Monday. “They all get to experience the Walk of Champions and see their families out there, and hopefully, they can understand what it all means. I’m looking forward to sharing with them how special it is.” Southeast Missouri will be

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looking to change the pace against the Rebels on offense, as the Redhawks bring in an option-heavy attack. In their last game the Redhawks were able to run the ball for 206 yards. “They are a real big option team,” defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. “When you break them down they run the option out of every personnel. They are very similar to what Nebraska used to be from the standpoint of scheme years

ago. You’re going to get a lot of option this game so it’s absolutely responsibility football.” The Rebels expect Southeast Missouri to rely heavily on the run, especially after the performance and statistics of their passing game this past week. Junior quarterback Kyle Snyder was only 6-for-13 through the air for 75 yards. On the offensive side of the ball for the Redhawks, a potent rushing attack will be the focal point Saturday. Southeast Missouri had four players with over five carries in the game, and three of them went for over 40 rushing yards. Sophomore running back DeMichael Jackson led the way last week with eight carries for 61 yards, while junior running back Lennies McFerren and sophomore quarterback Scott Lathrop both carried the ball 12 times for 47 and 41 yards, respectively. Defensively for the Redhawks, seniors Ben Kargbo and Cantrell Andrews led the team with nine tackles against Southeastern Louisiana, while junior Matt Starks added eight of his own. Kickoff is set for Saturday 6 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @SigNewton_2 and @thedm_sports on Twitter.




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Running Rebs vital to Freeze’s program Jeff Scott’s 75-yard mad sprint last Thursday night to secure a win of epic proportions is one that no Ole Miss fan will ever forget. Last season, Rebel fans became frustrated with Scott for seemingly running east and west instead of north and south. I vividly remember some of the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium crowd booing Scott during the Vanderbilt game in 2012 for running toward the sidelines three carries in a row in the third quarter. Scott all but made up for last year’s performance and gave the Ole Miss fan base something they’ve longed for since Dexter McCluster’s monster senior season – long, fast, unbelievable rushing touchdowns in crucial moments of a game. Freeze and the Rebels have been gaining traction day by day since he took the position in December 2012, but no one day won was bigger than last Thursday in Nashville. The Rebels secured the sloppy yet pivotal SEC road win, and for at least one week, Freeze’s team is alone at the top of the SEC. But as Rebel fans of all generations know, the first week means nothing when November comes around. Where does this 2013 team stand compared to last year’s team, and what can we expect for the rest of this season? Let’s take a look. While it’s impossible to gauge the true talent of a team after one game, it could be useful to compare statistics from last year’s Vanderbilt game to last Thursday’s game to get a sense of where this year’s team stands. A few stats visibly stick out, but none more important than one. In last year’s 27-26 Ole Miss loss, all but one stat was extremely close: rushing yards. Vanderbilt gathered 104 yards on the ground to the Rebels’ 55 yards – a 50-yard differ-

ence. Last Thursday, Ole Miss’ rushing yards, padded by the electric 75-yard run by Scott, was the difference maker in the game. As the final horn sounded and the Rebels took the 3935 victory, Freeze’s team had accumulated 206 total rushing yards – 151 more yards than last year’s game. Vandy managed only 126 yards on the ground. Add junior quarterback Bo Wallace’s 283 passing yards last Thursday night, and you can see that this team’s approach in the first game of the season was much more balanced. If the Rebels can keep up their balanced attack, keeping opposing defenses on their heels, this season could be much more successful for Freeze in his second year. Last season, Ole Miss had 2,260 rushing yards and 3,249 passing yards. If the Rebels can even that gap by a few hundred yards, the wins should be more plentiful. With a strong rushing game, some pressure might even be taken

off the shoulder(s) of Wallace, who underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason after playing most of last season on that sore shoulder. One main factor to consider this year is the depth at the running back position, which was much less developed in Freeze’s first season. Talented sophomore backs I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton should get more than a few touches in the backfield this season, and highly touted freshman running backs Kailo Moore and Mark Dodson could see action this season as well. Scott, who has the fifth-highest number of rushing yards in the conference after week one, has proven what Ole Miss fans have known all along: that he has the speed and agility that can be the difference in a win or loss. Another key factor to consider is the offensive line. If Ole Miss can keep its offensive line healthy and elusive, then look for this running back corps to rack up more than last season’s rushing total and give the Reb-

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els chances to win games they couldn’t last season. Freeze’s read-option offense focuses on the running game to open up the passing attack. So it’s easy to see everything starts up front. If Ole Miss can continue to be in the positive on rushing-yard margins, the wins will follow. The program is clearly moving in a forward direction, but the second year for a head coach is more important than the first. Coming off a successful season last year, the expectations for Freeze’s program are high. With a little continued help from Scott and the other running backs, year two should be more successful than year one, and this program should continue its upward trajectory.

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Shackelford: Released from the shackles By Matt Sigler

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D.T. Shackleford poses for a photo during media day.

Football is a contact sport and like in any contact sport injuries occur, from day-today type things to even career ending. Although every player gets banged up here and there, very few have to overcome what senior linebacker D.T. Shackelford did. After turning in a promising freshman campaign in 2009 that saw him earn to the SEC All-Freshman team, Shackelford took a step forward in 2010, as he recorded 48 tackles in 12 games. However, Shackelford’s production came to a halt before the 2011 season when he tore his ACL. Shackelford was poised for a comeback in 2012 before a set back in rehab caused him to undergo surgery to repair the knee for the second time. Despite not being on the



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field, Shackelford was a major leader for the Rebels in those two seasons and was awarded the Chucky Mullins Courage Award in 2011. His time as a vocal leader on the sidelines came to an end last week, as Shackelford made his return to the gridiron this past Thursday at Vanderbilt after a two-year delay and said the feelings of finally being on the field again was amazing. “It was very emotional,” Shackelford said. “I know that a lot of people take for granted that they will play four years straight. For me, I thought I would play four years straight, but to have a two-year delay and be able to be back on the field, thats all I could really ask for.” With two major surgeries and hours of rehabbing each week, many would’ve given up. For Shackelford, that wasn’t an option. “It was only a matter of time,” Shackelford said. “I knew I was going to be back on the field. When, I didn’t necessarily know, but I knew I wasn’t going to quit on my dream of being back on the field. Once I put it in my mind, I knew it was going to happen sooner or later.” Throughout his time off the field, Shackelford said he learned a lot, but one thing that stuck out to him was patience. “That’s something that you can teach the younger guys,” he said. “Things aren’t going to always go your way. You have to be able to calm yourself down and just be able to know that God has a plan and just slow it down. That’s something I’ve been able to learn.” Shackelford’s words to his teammates carried a lot of weight while he was injured, but he feels now that he is finally back in action, his guidance will be even more impacting on his teammates. “It’s one thing to lead off the field, but it’s one thing to lead on,” Shackelford said. “I’ve just been very fortunate and blessed to even be back. People come up to me after two years, even in different sports, and ask me, ‘D.T., how do you get through it?’, so I feel like I went through it for a reason.” One major concern upon Shackelford’s return to the field was just how effective he could be after coming off of two major surgeries and whether he would be able to still be a threat, but Shackelford never let that thought come into his head. In fact, his presence is going to be felt more in the coming weeks as the linebacker unit took a hit with the injury to sophomore Denzel Nkemdiche. “I have to make sure I don’t

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Holder contributes on and off the field

At the end of every fall camp, the Ole Miss coaching staff meets and decides which walk-ons will be rewarded scholarships for their commitment and dedication to the team. This season, one name got a unanimous vote. That name was senior wide receiver Jordan Holder. Despite receiving the honor, something wasn’t sitting right with Holder. A player, a teammate and, most importantly, a friend was in need, and Holder stepped up to the plate. Fellow senior Justin Bigham, who is entering his fifth season with the team, was in a tight spot and would not be able to play his final season in red and blue without a little help. “I was going home if I didn’t (get the scholarship) because I’ve already graduated,” Bigham said. “I had a Pell Grant when I came to school and after you graduate you don’t qualify for a Pell Grant anymore. So if I didn’t get put on (scholarship), I was going to have to take out about $8,000 to stay for football season, and I couldn’t ask for my parents to do that for me. I didn’t really have a choice.” Holder, who was aware of the news, took action. “He was sitting right beside me when they announced mine, and they never called his name,” Hold-

er said. “I just felt sick to my stomach. We started off together and I definitely wanted him to have one. I just didn’t ever feel good about it.” Therefore, Holder, who is only taking one class this fall, gave his scholarship to his friend Bigham, who has a full load of classes that were suddenly free. “I know he has been in tight spots with college, and I just wanted to help him out and do that for him,” Holder said. Bigham, a tight end from West Helena, Ark., roomed with Holder during their sophomore season after becoming close friends their first year on campus. Since then, the two have been like brothers, and Holder’s sacrifice proves just that. “I really respect him for that,” Bigham said. “It takes a lot, especially coming from a walk-on after five years. To earn that means everything. When you come here, you don’t come just to say you’re on the team. We’re here to feel like we are actually doing something. For both of us, having been on the field before, it really means something to get a scholarship. “So for him to give his up after he’s earned it like that, it meant everything.” While Holder made an impact off the field, he is also beginning to make an impact on it. He isn’t a household name just yet for Ole

Jordan Holder contributes during a play during the game against Vanderbilt.

Miss, but the Bay Springs native is beginning to thrive. Holder had only seen action in four games since he joined the team in 2009, but this past Thursday he made his mark catching three passes for 20 yards in a 3935 win over Vanderbilt. “It was a good game,” Holder said. “I’m excited we got the win. First play, I looked up and had to pinch myself for a second because Bo (Wallace) just slung it right at me, but I’m just happy that I caught it and got it out of the way.”


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Holder recorded his first reception in that game, but the road to the field was a long one. “It definitely has been,” Holder said about the long wait to see action. “It’s been all worth it. The good Lord had a plan for me, and I’m just glad it all worked out.” During fall camp, Holder found himself taking reps with the first team and also seeing a lot of balls come his way during practice. However, the question still remained if he would get game ac-

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tion in his final year. Holder said that he felt he was going to, but knew he couldn’t get too anxious about it. “Whenever I was sticking with the ones most of camp, that is kind of when I knew,” Holder said. “But I don’t ever want to get my hopes up because I’ve been there before the past couple of years. I just stuck to it, and it just panned out and worked out for me.” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @SigNewton_2 and @ thedm_sports on Twitter.

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Four Downs: Southeast Missouri In this week’s edition of Four Downs, The Daily Mississippian football beat writers Matt Sigler and John Luke McCord and sports editor David Collier answer four questions regarding the week’s matchup.

1. What impact does the comeback win over Vanderbilt have? Matt Sigler (@SigNewton_2): The comeback win for Ole Miss against Vanderbilt is huge. The win proved to this team that they have the ability to play a full 60-minute game and finish,

something that last year’s team seemed to lack. John Luke McCord (@ JLgrindin): The comeback win over Vandy is so big for Ole Miss because of how young they are. They have experience, but when you can count on that many freshmen and play well, but not nearly as well as you can and get a win, that’s big for confidence. David Collier (@DavidLCollier): It gives this young team confidence in close games, and most importantly, it’s one step closer to going back to a bowl game and keeping that momentum going.

2. What is the area that fans should be the most concerned about? Sigler: I think it has to be the secondary so far. There has been a lot of shifting back there and Austyn CartaSamuels of Vanderbilt really picked them apart. Yes, they aren’t completely healthy and at full strength, but it was definitely a weak link in game one. McCord: Fans should be concerned about the corners. The secondary should be fine because Charles Sawyer and Senquez Golson will be back to help and the safeties are talented and experienced, as well. However,

there is a big depth issue at corner. Collier: Corner is the easy answer, but we already knew the problems there. Therefore, I’ll say the defensive line. They have talent and a lot of it, but they have to get pressure with the front four to help out the thin, depleted secondary.

3. Through week one, who has impressed you the most? Sigler: Laquon Treadwell, no question. To go into your first collegiate game and put up numbers like that is huge. The kid is fun to watch, and I think he will be for a while.

McCord: I’m going to go with two of the freshmen who didn’t receive as much praise, Austin Golson and Evan Engram. Engram proved himself to be very capable of handling the tight end position last Thursday night. He could also develop into a third or fourth option for the Rebel passing attack. Golson came in at a time it looked like the Ole Miss offensive line couldn’t block Vandy’s defensive front, and he helped stop the bleeding. He really had a second half to build on, at a position (guard) that he had only been at for the final two weeks of fall camp. Collier: It has to be Evan Engram. After the hype that has surrounded the five-star players in the freshmen class, Engram has quietly had a good camp and broke out with a really impressive first game.

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4. With a rematch with Texas one week away, what is key for this week’s matchup? Sigler: This week is all about avoiding the injury bug. I honestly believe there is no doubt Ole Miss will win this game, but will it still be a win in their book if another big name goes down before the rough stretch on the schedule? McCord: This week the Rebels must stay healthy. They will win on Saturday, it’s just a matter of point deficit. So I think maintaining health is the main objective for the Ole Miss this week. Collier: Figure out the depth chart. It’s that simple. Look for a lot of freshmen and younger guys lower on the depth chart to have opportunities to prove their worth and solidify their spot on the depth chart going forward.

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SEC Football Power Poll By David Collier | In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian’s sports editor David Collier will rank the 14 Southeastern Conference teams. Opponents, game times and television networks are also included for each team.

2. South Carolina (1-0) This week: at Georgia (0-1), 3:30 p.m., ESPN

1. Alabama (1-0) This week: Bye

6. Texas A&M (1-0) This week: Sam Houston State (10), 6 p.m., PPV

11. Auburn (1-0) This week: Arkansas State (10), 6:30 p.m., FSN

7. Ole Miss (1-0, 1-0 SEC) This week: SE Missouri State (01), 6 p.m., PPV

12. Arkansas (1-0) This week: Samford (1-0), 6 p.m., PPV

3. Georgia (0-1) This week: South Carolina (1-0), 3:30 p.m., ESPN

8. Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-1 SEC) This week: Austin Peay (0-1), 6:30 p.m., CSS

13. Tennessee (1-0) This week: Western Kentucky (1-0), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network

4. LSU (1-0) This week: UAB (0-1), 6 p.m., ESPNU

9. Missouri (1-0) This week: Toledo (0-1), 2:30 p.m., ESPNU

14. Kentucky (0-1) This week: Miami (Ohio) (0-1), 11 a.m., FSN

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10. Mississippi State (0-1) This week: Alcorn State (1-0), 2:30 p.m., CSS

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Moncrief, Wallace back together for another season by John Luke McCord

There was no question who quarterback Bo Wallace’s favorite receiver was last season. Donte Moncrief caught 10 touchdown passes, which was nearly half of Wallace’s 22 touchdown tosses on the season. Both return as juniors this year after connecting for five touchdowns in the final three games of last season, so they should be poised to be even better in 2013. For example, while Wallace was able to throw 22 touchdowns, he also threw 17 interceptions. If the Ole Miss offense is going to take the next step this season, that number will need to go down. With that said, Wallace appeared to have taken a step in the right direction on that front in last Thursday’s opener against Vanderbilt. He threw the ball 47 times without throwing an interception. “He’s obviously making better decisions, both in the run game and the pass game,” offensive coordinator Dan Werner said of Wallace. Werner wasn’t the only one complimentary of Wallace’s improvement, either. “Bo is way better than what

he was,” Moncrief said. “He’s grown up and learned what to do and what not to do. I hope he stays healthy so we can win a lot of games.” On the other hand, while most of the talk surrounding the opening victory for the Rebels last Thursday was about the freshmen and in particular Laquon Treadwell, it was the threat of Moncrief that appeared to have the Commodores off balance in the second half. “I told (Treadwell) before the game, ‘They’re probably going to double me, so you gotta win inside,’ and he came out and he won,” Moncrief said. Moncrief added five catches for 56 yards, while being double teamed most of the night. That will likely be the case for most of the season. While that could be frustrating to some star receivers, Moncrief has found the positive in it. “I just keep doing what I do, man,” he said. “That makes me feel like a better player when I can help get other players open.” With all the big plays they have connected for and the time spent playing big roles for the Rebel offense, the star quarterback and receiver have built a bond. It’s safe to say they know each other forward

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Bo Wallace and Donte Moncrief pose for photos during media day.

and backward on the football field. “Me and Bo have a great connection,” Moncrief said. “He knows when I’m going to win, and he knows when I’m double covered. He knows when there are two people on me, he can go to someone else.” It’s not often you hear a star

wide receiver get excited about his quarterback being able to throw to other receivers, but is clear that the team comes first to Moncrief. Furthermore, that strategy was effective in week one as Treadwell, in Moncrief ’s shadow, caught nine passes for 82 yards on his way to being named SEC Freshman of the Week.

“We have a lot of confidence,” Moncrief said. “The running backs are playing well, the offensive line looks good, Bo’s putting the ball where it needs to be. And if he is doing that, we have to make plays for him.” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @JLgrindin and @thedm_sports on Twitter.

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