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freshman ACT SCORES SET RECORDS This year’s freshman class has the highest average ACT score in Ole Miss history. Still behind some SEC schools, the administration is confident that future scores will continue to rise.





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Classes have only been underway for three weeks, and the freshman class has already earned a reputation for being brainy. The average ACT score of 23.9 for the current University of Mississippi freshman class is a record high in the university’s history. According to faculty and students, this record-setting score is expected to boost academic morale for the class of 2016, as well as improve the university’s standing among other SEC schools. Director of Institutional Research Mary Harrington reported that the average ACT and converted SAT scores for this fall’s incoming freshmen are the highest in Ole Miss history. According to Harrington, the average ACT score of 23.9 jumped from last fall’s 23.5, which was an increase from the fall of 2010. She said she believes this trend will continue.

“The university is constantly striving to improve the quality of our students, and this is demonstrated through the gradually increasing scores,” Harrington said. Whitman Smith, director of enrollment services for Ole Miss, credits the rise to the change of admissions standards for out-of-state students. The ACT requirement for the current group of outof-state freshmen was a 20, which allowed admissions officers to control the growth of the class. The higher bar for standardized test scores served to weed out academically weaker students from the first round of admissions. “The growth of the freshman class has been out of control for the last five or so years,” Smith said. “The higher standard allowed us to be more selective academically.” Ryan Upshaw, the coordinator of recruitment and admissions for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, is responsible for some of the more aggressive

recruitment of potential students who have high ACT scores. “(The news of the record average score) sets us up as an institution that students see as strong academically and shows students that Ole Miss is the type of institution that they can select as a desirable resource for their undergraduate education,” Upshaw said. Dean of Students Sparky Reardon said credit is also due to the faculty and the students who are already here at the university for drawing in this record-setting class. The higher average is welcome news for members of the class of 2016. Forensic chemistry freshman Shelby Hilton said she thinks the higher average score will correlate with a better overall work ethic among freshmen, and David Turner, a geological engineering freshman, said he thinks the news is good publicity for the school. See ACT, PAGE 5

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Journalism senior Margaret Ann Morgan celebrates after winning Miss Ole Miss.


Last night, over 500 people waited in front of the the Lyceum to hear the results for Homecoming Queen, Colonel Reb and Miss Ole Miss

were announced. With over 4,689 votes cast, the winner for Homecoming Queen and Colonel Reb could not be decided. Homecoming Queen candidate See PERSONALITY, PAGE 4

Elston suspended The SEC ruled Tuesday that Ole Miss freshman safety Trae Elston will be suspended for Saturday night’s game against Texas. BY DAVID COLLIER

Ole Miss’ true freshman safety Trae Elston has been suspended for Saturday’s primetime ESPN matchup against the No. 14 Texas Longhorns, the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday. The league offices announced the suspension was the result of a flagrant hit Elston had on a UTEP See ELSTON, PAGE 9

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Here is the scene in Chicago currently: the city, in the midst of an all-time high in revenue, has decided to decrease teacher’s pay by 16 percent over the next four years and is pushing to do away with an accountability system that would measure the teachers’ performance in the classroom. The teachers, whose first priority is and always will be the students, have accepted these terms with open arms in order to better the education system. Wait. That’s not right. I’m sorry I got all of that backwards. It turns out that Chicago is facing crippling debt, but still offered the teachers a 16 percent increase to the base teachers’ salary over the next

four years. However, the Chicago teachers, who are some of the highest paid teachers in the world, rejected that offer and went on strike, effectively shutting down Chicago’s already disastrous public education system. The average Chicago teacher makes $71,200 a year, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. To put that in perspective, the average Chicago teacher makes more than three times the poverty rate for a household of four, a problem that plagues the vast majority of Chicago students. The question that needs to be asked is, “Do teachers deserve a pay increase?” The primary purpose of a teacher is to provide quality education for the students. Period. Chicago teachers are not doing that. Chicago’s 5-year graduation rate has risen to a record high of 60.6 percent, meaning that 4 out of 10 students who go through Chicago Public Schools do not graduate high



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school. The union cites outside factors as the main cause for the low graduation rate instead of the teachers. Interestingly, Boston, which is plagued by the same outside factors such as poverty, broken families and drug/crime problems, has a 5-year graduation rate of 68.8 percent. Meanwhile, the average Boston teacher earns around $62,000 a year, almost a full $10,000 below Chicago. The union claims that the strike is not focused on money, though the pay increase is the only part of the 49 points that the union has made public. Supposedly, the union is also opposed to lengthening the school day, despite the fact that the school system hired or agreed to hire more than 500 more teachers so that current teachers would not have to work longer. Another point that is supposedly contentious is classroom size. The union wants the classroom sizes to decrease. However, reports have shown that there is no correlation be-

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tween class size and student performance. Not surprisingly, the single biggest factor in student performance is teachers. However, the union is also fighting an increase in the impact of student performance on teacher evaluation. Apparently evaluating the single biggest factor on student performance by using student performance is preposterous. However, the proposed evaluation system would only weight student performance at 40 percent of the evaluation model, allowing the model to take the outside factors that the teacher has no control over into account. The union has claimed they are fighting for the children through this strike, yet every point of the 49 that is public is focused on teachers’ wants. It appears that Chicago teachers have forgotten why they even have a job. Trenton Winford is a public policy leadership junior from Madison.

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On national identity II BY BILL PHILLIPS

Last week I drew from Benedict Anderson to introduce the notion of a national imaginary — those ideas and ideals that help link us to a national community from which we are otherwise separated by space and experience. Last week I discussed football; this week I’ll consider music and celebrity culture. You might ask why I’m not talking about movies or hugely popular shows like Mad Men. Part of the answer is that you can’t cover everything — which is actually one of the arguments of this column. In a previous era (say that of Jefferson and the Federalist Papers, or of William Dean Howells) when the political dimension of a national identity was arguably the strongest force linking people across the land, you could cover everything. At least, culture was approached in fewer, larger and more widely accepted blocks of importance. With the advent of mass media, however, you have an explosion of means for people to link into a network of shared experience. However, if mass media and the Internet have brought about a democratization of cultural production — so that any schmuck with time on his hands can develop a wildly lucrative blog site for a niche-national audience (I’m thinking Hyperbole and a Half and XKCD) — it has also brought about an over-

load of available options for the consumer. That said, music seems a good candidate for observing our national imaginary. And where better to look than American Top 40, a show that has aired with incredibly consistency since 1970. This week, the top songs included Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break,” and David Guetta’s “Titanium feat. Sia.” One element that sticks out in the videos for these hits is their fantasy quality — with the Perry and Guetta video explicitly portraying imagined worlds that overlap with reality. Though Guetta is a French artist, the popularity of his work in U.S. culture means that it shapes our national sense of self, and involves us in an international imaginary. The video indicates that one value of


like TV and music, they provide a common store of experiences: drama, fashion, moral dilemmas, etc., over which we all can argue. But is it possible that celebrity culture is just a screen for working out our own issues? Freud argued as much about dreams in his influential “Interpretation of Dreams,” in which he claimed that the actual content of our nocturnal imaginings is immaterial, while the real “work” of dreams is finding ways for the latent wishes of the unconscious to express themselves in the disguised form of fantasy. A video like Perry’s, which includes an imaginative romp through a labyrinthine dreamscape with a younger, powerful version of herself, reinforces the idea that mass media, in addition to shaping conscious values, provides a common

store of malleable images through which we can each experience the catharsis of different, latent wishes. With the imaginary and the virtual on the rise, what about what we call the actual? At the same time that we are experiencing this boom in virtual culture, we see a growth of local concern for CSA programs, local music, neighborhood recycling, etc. Perhaps the very expansion of audience means smaller endeavors have the ability to succeed. Or is this local concern a necessary anchor to our fascination with the possibilities of a virtual imaginary that allows us to engage the fantastic to an unprecedented level? Bill Phillips is in his second year of Doctoral studies in English at Ole Miss. He is from Augusta, Ga.

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On Wednesday Sept. 5, the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy kicked off its first of many “Brown Bag Discussions” in the Thad Cochran Research Center. Almost 30 talented research scientists and faculty members from both the Jackson and Oxford campuses came together to discuss how to improve, synergize and streamline their areas of research. “Our aim is to take four targeted research areas and organize a Brown Bag series around each one of those (in order to) make other investigators and faculty members aware of the strengths that we have,” said Dr. Larry Walker, leader of the first Brown Bag discussion and the director of the National Center of Natural Products Research. These discussions will focus on research in four key areas: cancer, cardiometabolic

disorders, neuroscience/ drugs of abuse and infectious diseases. The Brown Bag series aims to benefit the university’s faculty, staff and research scientists. “(The discussions) will facilitate the development of new collaborations,” said Dr. Steven Cutler, the director of the Center of Research Excellence in Natural Products Neuroscience (Core-NPN) and another facilitator of the discussions. “It will help scientists gain a better understanding of what their colleagues are doing.” This series is not focused only toward the faculty, students as well. “Our students will benefit from the fact that new research interactions and collaborations will continue to keep us at the forefront of so many research areas,” Dean of the School of Pharmacy David D. Allen said. The collaboration of the research scientists have

had a positive impact on Mississippians and the quality of their healthcare thus far, and the pharmacy school hopes this will continue. “That’s real exciting,” Allen said. “We can not only impact people internally but externally as well.” The Brown Bag Series is a component of the School of Pharmacy’s new Research Visioning Strategic Plan. Allen, who started working at Ole Miss in January, said he plans to focus the school’s broad areas of research into specific areas of strength. Ideally, Allen said he hopes to have a new therapeutic agent that treats some cancer and impacts Mississippians in particular within the next five years; however, if the school is well on the road to identifying therapies that can have an impact in the four targeted areas of research, he will be satisfied. The Brown Bag Discussions will be held every Wednesday at noon in the Thad Cochran Research Center.

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Ashleigh Davis edged Courtney Pearson by .34 percent of the vote, which was not enough to prevent a runoff. Colonel Reb candidate Austin Harrison came away with 43.99 percent of the vote, while his competitor Doug Odom had 33.63 percent of the vote to force another runoff. “The candidates will be running tomorrow through the dorms from 7 to 10 p.m., and they are allowed to campaign as much as they want between now and then,” ASB attorney general Matthew Kiefer said. “They have to stay against the expanse of the Circle, the Union plaza and over near the Fulton Triangle. But it will be very similar. “They will be able to do the same things, and there are no special events. It’s just getting out there and meeting people, and for that it will be whoever gets the most votes will be the winner.”

Margaret Ann Morgan won the Miss Ole Miss election with 65.2 percent of the vote. Morgan is a journalism senior and an anchor for NewsWatch. As Miss Ole Miss, Morgan will soon choose a charity to back her title and be a representative of the university. “To have the title of Miss Ole Miss means I’m representing each and every person that has made my Ole Miss experience what it is, and it just means that I am now a representation of the university,” Morgan said. “And I could not pick a better university to represent as Miss Ole Miss.” Freshman Amber Murphy, sophomore Britt Buchanan, junior Betsy Baird and senior Mackenzie Lowery were elected class maids. Tyler McBeth, John Bobo, Kegan Coleman, David Horton and John Newman were named male campus favorites. Mary Love Fair, Virginia England, Emily LoveJoy, Jennie Katherine Ellis and Mary Margaret Johnson were all named female campus favor-

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“That feels good (to be a part of that group),” nursing freshman Veronica Ransey said. “It makes me want to strive for better things.” However, Ole Miss is still behind other SEC schools. The freshman class of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an average score of 27, according to an article on that was posted by Amy Blakely, the assistant director of media and internal relations. The University of Arkansas’ freshman class had an average score of 26, according to Suzanne McCray, the vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions for Arkansas. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has yet to release the ACT scores for Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Associate provost Noel

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Wilkin said he believes the scores will continue to increase, though. “It is impressive that we have been able to improve the average ACT score for the incoming class this dramatically over the past five years, despite the fact that all eight public Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) have maintained the same admissions standards,” Wilkin said. He and other Ole Miss faculty maintain faith in the continuation of the trend. The standards can be viewed at www.ihl.stat.

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Ross Bjrok spoke to the ROTC students early Tuesday morning. He also participated in the morning’s run.


It was a cool 54 degrees at 5:30 a.m., as the members of Ole Miss’ ROTC gathered in formation beneath the columns of the Lyceum for the 9/11 memorial run. The event is held annually to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and serve as a reminder to the community of the continued military commitment to ending terrorism. Each branch of the ROTC was proudly represented in the run beginning in line with the Air Force, then the Navy and Marine Corps, followed by the Army.  Also participating was Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork who said, “9/11 was a tragic and historic day for our country, so anything you can do to commemorate the victims, but also help the future leaders of our military to understand what they are getting ready to commit to I think is a great tribute as an institution of higher education.” The large group departed at 6 a.m. sharp with colors held high into the pre-fall breeze. “I think a lot of our younger students may have been too young to really have had it

(9/11 attacks) engrained in their minds like it is for some of the rest of us, but it is just remembering that today was a very heinous attack on our country and we can do our best to observe it as a holiday for those who died and for those who laid down their lives after,” Ole Miss Cadet Ryan Mitchell, PR for the Army Battalion said. Upon their return to campus, Bjork thanked the members for “going above and beyond the call of duty as a student and a

service member.” “What we’re doing with athletics to move ahead is we’re talking about culture, why not Ole Miss and why not you — by having the belief, the confidence and the attitude that we can do this,” Bjork added. The route took the group down University Avenue to Lamar Boulevard, then circled the Courthouse and returned the same route. Ole Miss students outside of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps also ran in support.

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Yes, it’s fun to carve faces in them, but they can be a really good source of nutrition as well. The seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids which help to lower blood pressure and protects you from heart disease. Look up a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds; they’re delicious.

Fall is slowly but surely creeping in. Football has started. Not long from now the leaves will be changing colors and girls will be breaking out their sweaters and boots. Cooler breezes will begin to stir, and with this weather change comes a change in what fruits and vegetables are in season. There’s a whole host of reasons why you should try to eat in season. High in vitamins and fiber, fruits and veggies are extremely beneficial to your health. Eating in season is also beneficial because, typically, foods that are in season haven’t traveled as far to get to your grocery store. Also, buying in season from local vendors is supportive of our local farms. That being said, here are a few fruits and veggies coming into season this fall:

1. Eggplant Eggplants provide around two grams of fiber per cup. Fiber helps with digestion and

3. Sweet Potatoes Ah, sweet potatoes. People everywhere cheered at the invention of sweet potato fries and sweet potato casserole. This veggie is super nutritious; it contains vitamins A and C, manganese, fiber, B vitamins and potassium. Just remember that the sweet potato casserole that’s covered in marshmallows is probably not the most healthy option!

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When a player is in their first year with a team, they do not expect to see much playing time. That is just how the world works. The Ole Miss women’s soccer team is the exception to that rule. The Rebels have 11 freshmen and most of them have seen playing time, while three have started all seven games in defenseman Samantha Sanders, defenseman Jessica Hiskey and defenseman/midfielder Maddie Friedmann. For the girls, already playing and producing on the field this early in their college career did not come as a shock. “I think the older girls made it pretty clear they were going to let us be involved,” forward Sara Coleman said. “They were pretty open with us and they were very welcoming to us.” Friedmann said it was not so much a shock of early playing time, but the adjust-

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ment from high school to the collegiate level. “I think it’s definitely an awesome new experience,” Friedmann said. “The competition is amazing and something that I wasn’t necessarily used to. Kind of the school spirit aspect of it. We would travel and play awesome teams, but at the same time, it’s amazing to look over at the crowd and see ev-

erybody cheering for you.” The young players acknowledge that the speed of the game is much different than they were used to. “It is way faster,” midfielder Jennifer Miller said. “Just like the (Saint Louis University) game, our first game you could tell from the first half to the second half, just how much better we got.” The freshmen have put

their stamp on the early season with contributions coming from all over the field. Freshman forward/midfielder Olivia Harrison is second on the team in scoring with five goals and tied for fourth overall in scoring in the Southeastern Conference. Coleman leads the team with four assists and is tied for second overall in the SEC. It did not take the freshman players long to figure out how to play at the Division I level. They have already made their presence known in nonconference play and are ready to enter the SEC play this weekend. “We are prepared,” Friedmann said. “It’s exciting to know we are 7-0. Having that build up will help us a lot entering SEC play.” Head coach Matt Mott is confident in how he feels his young players will perform heading into conference play. “I think they are ready,” Mott said. “They don’t look like freshmen to me. They

come out and battle and they are ready to go. They’ve got seven games under their belt. I think it’s time to see what they can do against the SEC guys.” Having the coach’s stamp of approval is giving the freshmen extra motivation to perform at their best. “The fact that (Mott) believe’s in us to let every freshman on the field is really an honor that he would do that,” Coleman said. Ole Miss has moved up to No. 22 in the nation, and the freshmen are enjoying every minute of being on a nationally ranked team, but they know there is more work to be done. “I think that even though we are No. 22, which is amazing, we still have a ways to go,” Friedmann said. “There is always room for improvement, and we have the opportunity.” The Lady Rebels host Arkansas on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 10 Texas A&M on Sunday at 1 p.m.




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Freshman defensive back Trae Elston has been suspended for one game for a flagrant hit during the UTEP game.

conference. We talked to commissioner (Mike) Slive and (coordinator of official) Steve Shaw, and the bottom line is that they have a job to do. We made our case of our program. But ultimately, it’s their decision, and we respect that moving forward.” Bjork said there is no appeal that can be made for in-game suspensions, so the 311 South Lamar

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wide receiver late in the fourth quarter in the Rebels’ 28-10 win over the Miners this past Saturday. According to a release from the SEC, the hit was in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule book, which reads: “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder,” and Rule 9-1-3 which states, “No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet.” “Our first thoughts are with Trae,” athletics director Ross Bjork said. “Trae is our guy. He’s a great student-athlete here at Ole Miss. He represents everything we’re trying to do in terms of character and athleticism for our football team. So, he’s a great example of what we stand for, and we’re disappointed he can’t play. “I will tell you that we worked within the process that’s defined within the

life. When that adversity comes, you’ve got a choice of how you’re going to handle it, and Trae is going to handle it the right way. He’s got a good support system around him. “He’s going to handle it fine. It’ll be disappointing for him to sit out of course because he wants to compete, but he’ll handle it OK and bounce back.” There was no flag thrown on the play, but the SEC said the “action is taken in accordance with Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.4.2 (d) which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that the student-athlete has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act.” Elston has played in both games this season, recording seven tackles and a pass breakup.





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will be able to adjust to it.” Tough test at quarterback Sophomore David Ash has taken the reins of the Texas offense in 2012 and has succeeded after an up-and-down freshman year. On the season, he is an efficient 36-of-49 passing the ball for 377 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll be “by far” the best quarterback Ole Miss has gone up against so far this season, according to Wommack. “I think he’s like anyone else, the more reps he gets, the better that he’ll get,” Wommack said. “I mean, they scored 45 points last week, so we’ve got a job ahead of us. He’s got a strong arm, and he’s got the ability to escape and put you in a bad position. You better stay with those receivers; if you don’t, he’ll find them. “I think he actually throws better on the move than he does sitting in the pocket, personally.” Harsin’s trick plays a concern Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin has a well-

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known affinity for trick plays and uses them liberally in his offense. Those plays add yet another wrinkle that the Ole Miss defense must prepare for Saturday. “We’ve got a whole reel of them from last year (on tape),” Wommack said. “You’ve just got to get 11 guys going to the ball on every play and playing their responsibilities. I know


you get tired of hearing me talk about eyes, but if you put your eyes in the right place, that won’t be an issue for us.” Other News & Notes: Freeze said after practice on Tuesday that junior wide receiver Korvic Neat will continue to be the main punter returner Saturday, even after a muffed punt against UTEP. Freshman defensive tackle

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‘The Daily Texan’ previews Ole Miss-Texas The Daily Mississippian sports editor David Collier caught up with University of Texas sports editor Christian Corona to discuss Saturday’s matchup between Ole Miss and the Texas Longhorns. David Collier: What did you see from Texas in their first two games? Christian Corona: You definitely saw an improved team from game one to game two. The defense made a lot of strides against New Mexico, getting a shutout, as opposed to giving up 17 points and a bunch of big plays against Wyoming. David Ash has done everything that has been asked of him. He’s completing over 70 percent of his passes, and as expected, the Longhorns’ ground game has been very productive, particularly Joe Bergeron, who is in the wild formation that Fozzy Whittaker perfected last year. It’s still effective thanks in large part to Joe Bergeron. So far, so good. DC: Talk more about Davis Ash. What has he done to really solidify himself at the quarterback position? CC: As far as him solidifying himself as the team’s starting quarterback, he really didn’t get officially named until just two weeks before the season started. But he started solidifying himself as the starter in the Holiday Bowl last year. You really saw Ash manage the game against California last December, and like I said, he’s been very efficient. He didn’t take as many shots down field as he would’ve liked in the opener against Wyoming. He completed something like eight or nine passes for more than 10 yards against New Mexico, and he was still able to maintain a high completion percentage. DC: Switching to the defensive side of the ball, what has been the strength of the Longhorn defense this year? CC: Probably the secondary. I want to say defensive line, but in the middle, they’re not as strong as they want to be. They have two of the best defensive ends in the country in ( Jackson) Jeffcoat and (Alex) Okafor, but Kenny Vaccaro is leading one of the best secondaries in the nation. I think just about all of them have picked off pass-


es already this year. Other than a big play or two in the opener, they really haven’t let opposing quarterbacks do too much against them. It really comes down to the defense knowing they can put Carrington Byndom on an island with anybody in the country. That really allows the team’s front seven to do a lot more like blitzing and things like that. DC: You mentioned Jeffcoat and Okafor. Have they lived up to the hype this year? CC: They have. Of course, they’re projected to be top10-15 picks in the (NFL) Draft next year. It’s interesting because this time a year ago, neither of them had a sack. In fact, Jeffcoat didn’t get his until the sixth or seventh game. It took Okafor four games to get his first sack. They both have not only been recording sacks, but getting pressure on the quarterback and

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forcing him to throw picks, so they’ve been causing turnovers just as much as they’ve been bringing the quarterbacks down. DC: What are the Texas players saying about this big matchup this weekend? CC: They’re really excited. These first two games have been at home against vastly inferior opponents. As many games as Ole Miss lost last year, they’re still an SEC team. Compared to the first two games they played, they’ll have their hands full, and this team knows that. They’re just really excited about the program’s first trip to Oxford. They know about the Grove, they know about the tailgating experience and they’re really looking forward to the opportunity. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @thedm_ sports and @DavidLCollier on Twitter.

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anticipate family and friends will make the trip to them play this weekend. Moore expect his parents and half of his high shool, Bowie, to be in town for the game. Logan said he received 25 messages one day from guys he knows from Texas. For him, it’s not only about family and friends, it’s also about bragging rights. “It feels good to play against Texas,” Logan said. “I know a lot of people on the Texas team and whoever wins this game is going to have bragging rights, so it is going to be nice to see friends, but during the game, it will be all business.” Although the game will bring quite the buzz around town, Logan does not think

Ole Miss will be initimidated by Texas on Saturday. “No intimidation,” Logan said. “We are just ready to play ball. Nothing is going to change this week. So we are just going to do what we do.” After a 2-10 record this past season, many think that this could be the game to put Ole Miss back on the map. However, Logan feels that the past is already gone for this year’s team. “Right now, we aren’t even thinking about the past,” Logan said. “We are 2-0 right now, it is a good feeling. We haven’t been there since 2009, so it is a good feeling. As of right now, we feel we are the team to beat. That is our mindset.” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @thedm_ sports and @SigNewton_2 on Twitter.

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Homecoming for Logan, Moore It’s more than just a game for junior wide receivers Philander Moore and Ja-Mes Logan. Both are from the state of Texas and expect a lot of family and friends in town for Saturday’s Ole Miss-Texas matchup. BY MATT SIGLER

The Ole Miss Rebels welcome No. 14 Texas to town this weekend and for two Ole Miss players from Texas, it is the opportunity of a lifetime to play against the flagship school from their home state. Junior wide receivers Philander Moore and Ja-Mes Logan hail from Austin and Houston, respectively, and are looking forward to Saturday’s showdown. “This game is like a homecoming,” Moore said. “The whole reason I wanted to be an Ole Miss Rebel was because they had announced they were going to be playing Texas, and during my high school recruiting, they

Crawford to fill in at safety Junior safety Frank Crawford will see his playing time increase at backup rover on Saturday with freshman safety Trae Elston receiving a one-game suspension for a flagrant hit late in last Saturday’s win over UTEP.

didn’t pay much attention to me. So this is a get back game. It’s real important to me, it is like revenge almost, so I’m going to be taking it really serious.” Moore said he has been watching Texas since he was a kid and is familiar with Texas head coach Mack Brown. “I’ve seen them since I was five,” Moore said. “Sometimes, they come out like they deserve to be No. 1, other times I feel like they might be a little overrated. They have a ranking this year, but coach told us to not pay attention to numbers and to just go out there and play as hard as you can.” Both Moore and Logan See LOGAN, PAGE 11 AUSTIN MCAFEE | The Daily Mississippian

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place, junior Frank Crawford becomes the backup at the rover safety position for Saturday, according to co-defensive coordinator Dave Wommack. Beyond that, the absence of Elston has forced everyone to step things up a notch. “I mean, that’s exactly what’s


With freshman safety Trae Elston out for Saturday’s game against No. 14 Texas, the task of containing the Longhorns’ offense just got a little tougher for the Ole Miss defense. In his


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got to happen, you know, the next guy has got to step up,” Wommack said. “Like an injury, the next guy’s got to move up and do what he’s got to do.” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze reiterated Tuesday that what makes Texas’ offense so tough in part is the multitude of formations and sets that the Longhorns run. It’s an offense that is tough to prepare for, but Ole Miss’ defense may have a leg up in preparation due to going up against the Rebels’ offense during fall camp that does a lot of the same things, according to Wommack. “All of the adjustments that they’ve done, we’ve seen them before for the most part,” Wommack said. “I’m sure they’ll do some things in the game that they’ll go with that we haven’t practiced, but I think our kids See CRAWFORD, PAGE10

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