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IN MEMORIAM: HOW MAC MILLER GREW UP WITH HIS LISTENERS
TAKEAWAYS FROM OLE MISS’ WIN OVER SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Writer Cameron Brooks reflects on the life and music of rapper Mac Miller, who unexpectedly died last Friday at the age of 26.
The Rebels picked it up in the second half to secure a 35-point victory on Saturday. What did we learn about this team? SEE PAGE 6
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Rebels win home opener after slow start JOHN MACON GILLESPIE
Ole Miss improves to 2-0 on the season after a shootout win on Saturday, and in true Ole Miss fashion, the Rebels made a 35-point win seem less-than-impressive. The Rebels came out sluggishly in the first half before dominating Southern Illinois in the second. The defense was obviously concerning for Ole Miss. Surrendering 629 yards to an FCS team at home is not a good sign for next weekend, when Alabama comes to town. However, on a good note, the Ole Miss offense looks better-than-ever, with Scottie Phillips currently leading the SEC in rushing yards. The Rebels trailed the Southern Illinois Salukis 3835 at halftime, before picking up their play en route to a 41-3 second half that secured a 7641 win. The Salukis scored on all six of their first-half drives. The Rebel defense responded by forcing three turnovers in the second half, two of which resulted in scores. “It’s good to be 2-0,” head coach Matt Luke said. “I think that’s the most important stat. There’s a lot of stats I’m not happy with, but that’s the one I am happy with.”
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Ole Miss running back Scottie Phillips fights off a Southern Illinois defender on Saturday during the season’s home opener. Ole Miss won the game 76-41.
Ole Miss student and alumna compete in Miss America GRACE MARION
The University of Mississippi’s Student Activities Association hosted a watch party for the Miss America finale last night, as one Ole Miss alumna and one student were in the competition. Both Miss Mississippi 2018 Asya Branch, a senior integrated marketing communications major,
and Miss Tennessee 2018 Christine Williamson, a 2018 graduate, were eliminated and were not selected to advance to the top 15 last night. Branch is from Booneville, and her platform is based on empowering children of incarcerated parents. Branch’s father, Anthony Branch, has been incarcerated since she was ten years old. She was crowned Most Beautiful in the Student Activity Association’s 2018 Parade of Beauties and later compet-
ed as Miss Tupelo in the Miss Mississippi pageant, where she won the title. “I think I wanted Asya to win just because she’s currently enrolled here,” said Dakin Reed, sophomore integrated marketing communications and art history major. “I like Asya’s charitable platform. I think it’s unique and special to her.” Williamson represented Tennessee on the national
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The Square is home to a multitude of restaurants and bars, all creating an atmosphere of fun and entertainment for each patron. However, the Square also serves as one of the most crimeridden areas of Oxford. With bars and restaurants over-serving both customers of legal age and those who are underage, there is little control over the number of disturbances in that area. Almost every other day, the Oxford Police Department arrests someone for possession of a fake ID after they have disturbed the
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But what guarantee do citizens have? The city is compromising privacy for security. Just look at recent headlines about major social media companies like Facebook, which sold personal information to analytics companies. Your personal information is not safe. So why take the risk during a night on the town and allow a bar to scan your ID? There are other solutions to solving the problems of fake IDs and resultant crime other than forcing citizens to give up their personal information to bars on the Square. This ordinance is simply another quick fix to the greater problem facing the university and city: underage drinking. The board of aldermen and the city of Oxford should look to protect their citizens and their citizens’ information, making the Square a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Lauren Moses is sophomore accounting and political science major from Dallas.
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which leaves your information vulnerable for a bar to use however it sees fit. Several bars in El Paso, Texas, have started using ID scanners and have reported the scanners’ ease of use and increased enforcement of drinking laws. But they have also used the information from patrons’ IDs to advertise better to customers. According to an article from KVIA, owners realized after analyzing address data collected from the scanners that they were getting a lot of customers from different neighborhoods, so they started advertising in other ZIP codes. Though there are no reported cases of identity theft from these scanners, a birthday and Social Security number, both of which can be obtained by these scanners, are all that is needed to steal an identity. The Oxford Board of Aldermen seems to be aware of the possibility that the information garnered by ID scanners will be used against citizens: A clause included in the ordinance discourages businesses from using or selling personal data.
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peace in some way. There is a clear breakdown of enforcement of federal law. Either bouncers are not checking every ID — allowing some to enter the bar or receive an “over 21” wristband without being checked — or they are not checking IDs thoroughly enough to ensure their validity. Instead of increasing punishment of those who are hired to enforce drinking laws, the city council has decided to strip civilians of their right to privacy. The ordinance enacted by the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Sept. 4 will implement the use of ID scanners at bars to limit underage drinking by detecting fake IDs. While ID scanners are effective at their job, they also receive and store more than just your birthday with each scan. Every ID — whether military, driver’s license or passport — holds sensitive information on it. Here’s how ID scanners work: Your address, birthday and, possibly, your Social Security number can all be seen and stored when the ID scans through the machine,
especially when you try to start a war with the police. The Oxford Police Department has a Twitter account it uses to send out alerts and updates on anything from traffic reports to its trend, #RidewithOPD — Oxford’s version of “Cops.” Thousands of followers wait eagerly for these tweets to appear on their timelines with hilarious memes and jaw-dropping accidents. I love a funny Twitter account as much as the next person, but at what point does it start to become unprofessional? One example of OPD’s tweets was recorded on Aug. 18, when OPD posted a tweet of a horse with a lipstick mark on its nose, commenting “kissing the cops in public.” A girl responded to the tweet, saying that she had previously been arrested for that exact reason. OPD responded that she had been arrested for being under 21 and intoxicated as well as for slapping the horse. Though this interaction might make you laugh, it calls into question whether or not the
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police department — the very entity that most people would hope would remain as unbiased and professional as possible — should be allowed to comment something like this. By using Twitter, OPD is bound to get some negative emails in its personal messages, but should the department stoop down to the level of internet trolls? Another thing that is called into question is whether an officer should say this in person. Under pressure of unruly citizens, officers are required to remain cool, calm and collected. In my experience, OPD has done a great job with that in person, but on a social media platform with thousands of viewers, shouldn’t the department be even more cautious? (Not to mention that the girl in in the tweets never mentioned that she was intoxicated and under 21 at the time.) OPD’s response and use of this private information to emphasize its point caused the tweet to go viral. Even
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though many of the rules go out the window when posting on the internet, when a social media account is attached to a governmental body, there must be boundaries. I’m not trying to discourage our wonderful officers at OPD from using Twitter or from having fun reaching out to the community. Twitter wars between other departments, lip sync challenges and using memes to emphasize a point are all ways to keep some sort of professional standard while still having fun using the internet. There should be a level of professionalism maintained by such a respected part of Oxford. A multitude of governmental entities utilize Twitter to get information out quickly, and yet they refrain from stooping down to this level. So why isn’t our police department being held to the same standards? Madison Bickert is a senior international studies and German major from Corinth.
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Ole Miss eSports club to begin competing this semester GRACE MARION
Established just last year, the University of Mississippi’s eSports club will begin competing against teams from other colleges and universities this year. The club, founded in January 2017, was intended to create a community for gamers on campus in which they could play and compete together, according to club president Cray Pennison. “When I first came to Ole Miss, I was looking for a team to play the video game League of Legends competitively — something a lot of other colleges had,” Pennison said. “When I found out that no such team existed, I decided to start my own, which ended up expanding (its focus) to multiple video games, and the eSports club was born.” This year, the 200-member club will establish 10 separate teams that will compete in intercollegiate events this semester.
continued from page 1 stage Sunday night. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. Her platform is raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and funding research efforts to end the disease. During her time at Ole Miss, Williamson was news anchor for NewsWatch Ole Miss. In addition to the two women competing in the weekend pageant, a group of Ole Miss students traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey, last week to support Branch and watch the pageant in person.
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“Most teams will be playing in standard competitive leagues hosted by any number of companies,” Pennison said. “But a few teams will have the opportunity to be invited to an event that lasts a weekend and compete against schools there for prizes.” Pennison said not all members of the club will compete, and the club still
welcomes students looking to play for fun. “It was started with a competitive side, where teams enter into tournaments and leagues, as well as a community side, where those who just want new friends on campus to play games with have the opportunity to (do so),” Pennison said. As of March 2018, about 50 varsity eSports teams exist
on campus and, eventually, expanding these activities to include a regular, competitive eSports program,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Noel Wilkin said. “Our efforts are being supported by people in student affairs, academic affairs, athletics and other groups on campus.”
“We got here Thursday afternoon, so it’s been a fun time so far,” senior managerial finance major Blair Wortsmith said. Both Branch and Williamson received support not only from individuals but also via a fundraiser run through the Meek School of Journalism. “We thought it was important to show our support for both of our Ole Miss girls … and their charitable platforms, and so we’re going to show our support through a fundraiser,” Reed said. At the end of the night’s competition, Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was PHOTO: GRACE MARION crowned Miss America Ole Miss students react to hearing the result of the top 15 contestants in the 2019 Miss America pageant at the Student 2019. Union Ballroom. The Student Activities Association hosted a watch party for the Miss America competition Sunday night.
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Review: How an art exhibit challenged, touched one writer LOGAN SCOTT
Nails, flower petals, burn marks on the ground, twisted iconography, piles of meticulously crumbled clay and two parabolic iron spires. These are the first things that catch one’s eye at Gallery 130 in Meek Hall. The gallery currently displays works from the collections of eight graduate students in the art school. Each collection is confident and on full display. Each collection speaks for itself, which makes my job seem ridiculous. These collections — which come from the worlds in the artists’ heads where the ideas were developed — are, in my opinion, fully realized. The smorgasbord available in the center of the room for all to partake in was almost as nourishing for the body as the art was for the mind. Encircling this table were patrons of the arts, at least one member of the faculty in the art department and the artists of the featured pieces, themselves. In conjunction with my reductive interpretations of the pieces, I will let the artists speak for themselves. They all seemed unassuming and willing to talk about their pieces, except Ian Skinner in his appropriate, as we will come to see, workwear pants and suspenders and Jessica Counterman in her, again, appropriate dress decorated with flowers with eyeballs growing out of the stigmata. Counterman’s set of twisted, Lynchian iconography, “Holy,” explores “cults and martyrdom,” as explained to me by the artist herself. These paintings caught my eye — sometimes with their sickly colors (“Leper”) and sometimes with more vibrant
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Ole Miss graduate students attend a newly opened art gallery at The Graduate. hues (“Lamb”). Whether sickly or vibrant, Counterman’s color use is always striking. Other paintings, like “Hivemind,” use grotesquerie. This piece, whose title refers to the drone-like behavior of cult members, features hornets crawling out of festering sores that dot a woman’s hands, face and neck, and is sure to make any trypophobe squirm. These pieces are in the gallery proper, but the left side of the antechamber is taken up entirely by not-to-scale paper and wire sculptures by Gabriella Dinger. Another one of her wire sculptures is found in the other room. My immediate interpretation of her exhibit was not entirely incorrect but was wrong enough to embarrass me to write, so I’ve decided that her words shall suffice. Danger told me that she tried to capture the experience of movement. She accomplishes this through sculptures: thick,
white wire bent above and below thin sheets of burned flower-petal-shaped paper that look as though they are fleeing upward from soot-black stains on the ground. As previously mentioned, Skinner was appropriately dressed for his collection. His sculptures feature worn-down architecture and machinery. During our conversation, I asked what the two curving, metal pylons were. Were they a drawbridge? Close. Skinner said some people see them as drawbridges, and others see them as the ribs of a ship’s hull. But they are, in fact, the support beams of a bridge. Skinner’s collection also featured a wooden sphere bisected by an industrially styled tire cap. This gyroscopic antiquity did not come up in conversation, but it should not be missed. So far, all the pieces I’ve mentioned focused on the extraordinary or the antique. However, Kelly Adkins’ “Paintings of Nothing” were the gallery’s most touching and threatening to my wallet.
Adkins’ paintings carry the sentimentality of a Wes Anderson film or that of “A Ghost Story” by David Lowery. She explained to me before the gallery opened that she painted each based on what was literally on her wall, making beauty from banality. Word count limits and
expertise have exhausted my efforts to describe these complicated works of art and left me with 700 words worth of reductive descriptions that don’t do the original works justice. I highly encourage everyone to go to the gallery and let the art speak for itself. It will do the job better than I can.
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In memory: Mac Miller ‘helped me discover myself’ CAMERON BROOKS
When the news of Mac Miller’s death broke Friday afternoon, I didn’t know how to react. Mac was 26 years old. He had just dropped an album and was about to go on tour. In many of his recent interviews, he seemed genuinely happy, excited and ready for the future ahead. It just didn’t seem real. For some reason, this death touched me in ways that other celebrity deaths previously hadn’t. I felt like I lost a close friend, despite not knowing him personally. I grew up with his music and watched him mature from the age of 19, just as I was beginning to mature. He caught my attention as a young kid with his “frat rap” days, and he held it all the way through his career. I assumed I had more time to continue growing up with his music like I had B been for the past 10 years. With each album, you could tell the mental state that Mac was in. He was always open about
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his struggles, successes and life experiences. He helped me deal with darker times that I had gone through, growing up. He taught me to be kind, accepting and open-minded. But most importantly, he helped me discover myself and the person I aspire to be. No other
artist has touched me that deeply before. Mac grew up fast, and every album reflected his growth as a person and a musician — from corny verses for young teenagers to ones that addressed his struggles with fame and drugs. He reinvented himself on every
album, allowing his audience to get an honest, inside view of his current perspective on life. With his last two albums, Mac seemed to have finally discovered the sound he had been searching for throughout his career. Knowing that we won’t get to hear him expand on his exponential growth as a musician will never sit well with me. I was fortunate enough to see Mac perform seven times and to meet him once. The short, 30-second conversation we had has been stuck in the back of my head since the day I met him in 2013. I couldn’t tell you the words we exchanged or the topic of our conversation, but it’s still one of the happiest days of my life. Mac’s positive, kind and genuine nature toward me that day solidified every post I’ve seen over the past weekend from his peers, fans and the music industry. In an interview with Fader magazine in 2016, Mac expanded upon his problems with addiction. “I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can’t even get out of his
house,” Mac said. “Overdosing is just not cool. There’s no legendary romance. You don’t go down in history because you overdose. You just die.” Little did he know the true impact his music had on the world. Mac will go down in history as one of the greatest artists of our generation: a trendsetter that influenced more people than he ever could have imagined, a pioneer in the new generation of rappers and a hip-hop legend. His passion, enthusiasm and spirit will forever be unmatched. Thank you for music that inspired a generation of kids to enjoy the rollercoaster of life. You were a voice of our generation that evolved just as we did. We grew up with you, and moving forward without you feels like something is missing. There will never be another artist like you. There will never be another person like you. I hope you find peace — your peace of mind. Rest in peace Malcolm James McCormick — Jan. 19, 1992 Sept. 7, 2018.
Netflix original movie lives up to social media, critics’ buzz KENNEDY POPE
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if everyone you’ve ever had a crush on found out on the same day? Well, the new Netflix movie, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” depicts what would happen in that scenario. Before the movie hit the Netflix screen, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was a 2014 young adult romance novel written by Jenny Han. Han began writing the novel based on her past experience of writing letters — but never sending them — to her crushes when she was a teenager. Netflix released this romantic comedy directed by Susan Johnson and featuring a dreamy cast on Aug. 17, and in that time, it’s garnered a 95 percent approval rating, according to Rotten Tomatoes, and has gotten lots of buzz on social media. In the film, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a half-Korean,
half-Caucasian 16-year-old girl, writes five love letters to the guys she once thought she loved. Lara Jean’s older sister, Margot (Janel Parrish), is all packed and ready to leave for her freshman year of college in Scotland when she decides to break up with Josh Sanderson (Israel Broussard), her longtime boyfriend and next-door neighbor. After Margot leaves town, Lara Jean’s life completely falls apart when all five letters are mysteriously sent out without her permission. Despite writing these letters and addressing them, Lara Jean kept them hidden in a box in her room thinking no one would ever see them. Spoiler alert: Once the letters are sent out, Lara Jean panics about what to do, because a letter was addressed to her best friend and secret crush, Josh. Josh, however, is just one of the five who receive a letter. Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), the most popular boy in school, also receives a letter. In an attempt to avoid talking to Josh, Lara Jean
pulls a classic rom-com move and starts fake dating Peter, who has his own motive — making his exgirlfriend Genevieve jealous. From the beginning of this “relationship,” Lara Jean and Peter set up a list of rules that explain how to behave around each other. As Lara Jean and Peter spend more time together, Lara Jean becomes more confused about whether her feelings are real or fake. After watching this film not one but three times, what I enjoyed most about it was its not-sotypical love story. The movie’s plot was original and kept me hooked throughout the film. When Han finished writing “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” she was not done with the love letters just yet. The book was followed by two sequels: “P.S. I Still Love You,” released in 2015 and “Always and Forever, Lara Jean,” released in 2017. Considering how great a love story this is, all we can hope is that Netflix will be releasing the sequels soon.
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Five takeaways from Ole Miss’ win over Southern Illinois JOSH GOLLIHAR
Ole Miss and Southern Illinois battled for control in their competitive matchup Saturday afternoon, which resulted in a 76-41 blowout victory for the Rebels. At halftime it seemed the Salukis could cash in on a 3-point lead and steal a win, but a 41-3 Rebel run during the second half ensured a comfortable victory. The result of this game is less important than what it means for next week’s contest against stout Alabama. 1. Nick Saban will be pleased with what he sees on film. This weekend, both Ole Miss and Alabama played inferior opponents ahead of their weekthree competition. The goal for both was to use this week as a tune-up before SEC play commenced. The Crimson Tide handily beat Arkansas State, 57-7. It was a different story
for Ole Miss. The Salukis’ 38 points in the first half were the most ever in a half by an FCS opponent playing an FBS team. SIU scored on every drive of the half, using play-action passes to create big plays. One drive included two third-down conversions of ten yards or more. The Ole Miss defense found any and every way to give up yards to a team that threw for a total of 107 yards a week ago. Tua Tagovailoa and the Tide should be licking their chops. 2. The N.W.O. is deep. D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown were their usual dominant selves on Saturday. Though DaMarkus Lodge was out with a concussion, the depth of the wide receiver room shined. Former 4-star recruit and true freshman Elijah Moore introduced himself to the Rebel faithful with a 50-yard score on his first career catch. Braylon Sanders followed up a Metcalf 51-yard catch with a
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Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu makes a pass during the home opener versus Southern Illinois. Ole Miss won the game 76-41. contested 30-yard touchdown right at the pylon. Matt Corral will have plenty of weapons to work with when the top three options move on. 3. Brown, Metcalf continue to be the top wide receiver duo in the country. The talent between Ole Miss’ top players is apparent, weekin and week-out. The wide outs make plays at every level of the field. If it is catching a bubble screen or going deep down the field, Brown and Metcalf have the chance to score. Metcalf’s height and strength pose problems for any defensive back in the country. His third-quarter touchdown grab was another example of this. He skied
over the defender and tapped his toes down to complete the catch. Between him and Metcalf, the two combined for 15 catches, 261 yards and three touchdowns. Ta’amu needs a performance like this next week to compete with the Tide. 4. Scottie Phillips is a problem. Jordan Wilkins was the first Ole Miss running back to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season for some time a season ago. Junior college transfer Scottie Phillips is 689 yards away from joining him, after only two games. Phil Longo’s offense depends on a competent rushing attack to balance out the passing game. Phillips is averaging 156 yards and two touchdowns
per game as a Rebel. He has the skill set and potential to be one of the best backs the school has ever seen. 5. Jordan Ta’amu is a legitimate candidate for the Heisman Trophy. It is time for the rest of the country to get familiar with Jordan Ta’amu. He has racked up 784 yards passing and seven touchdowns through the first two games of this season. The mixture of a high-octane offensive scheme, highly talented playmakers and top-notch football intelligence is the perfect storm for great production. The numbers will not slow down when SEC play starts. Ta’amu’s production is here to stay.
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Ole Miss Volleyball continues dominant start to season is alive and well in other sports, the two schools’ volleyball teams have not faced each other since their epic 2014 battle. Memphis is 6-5 this year and has won four straight, sweeping Louisiana-Monroe, Tennessee Tech and North Alabama this weekend after closing out its performance in the Skyhawk Invitational with a win over UAB. “It has been a couple of years since we have played them, but it’s always a good match with Memphis,” McRoberts said. “With them being so close, it has become a great rivalry in all of our sports.” The Rebels will continue their home season with more nonconference play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, versus Memphis.
The Ole Miss volleyball team went undefeated in three matches this weekend at the Georgia State Invitational in Atlanta. The Rebels had their most impressive performance of the season thus far, as they did not drop a single set the entire weekend. The team built on its hot start to the season and extended their win streak to eight, and bringing their record to 9-1. In their first match of the weekend, the Rebels beat Chicago State 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) on Friday. Junior Emily Stroup had a match-high 15 kills on a .481 hitting percentage to go along with four digs and two blocks. Junior Nayo Warnell led the team with four blocks, while also recording five kills and one dig. Junior Jordan Fate led the team with 20 assists and contributed one kill and two digs. In a strong performance, sophomore Leah Mulkey recorded nine kills, nine digs, and three assists. “Lauren Bars was at her best — both setting and getting kills for the team. It was definitely the best our offense has looked, and I attribute a lot of that to our passing, which was on-point all weekend,” head coach Steven McRobert said. In the first match of a doubleheader on Saturday, the Rebels defeated Sam Houston State 3-0 in their most lopsided game of the season so far (25-19, 25-6, 25-9). Senior Caitlin Wernentin had a match-high 13 kills with a .385 hitting percentage. Stroup recorded 12 kills on a .440 clip and contributed five digs, one block and one assist. Sophomore Lauren Bars led the team in blocks and assists, with four and 19, respectively. Mulkey had a match-high 12 digs to go along with two kills, one block and one assist. In the final match of the weekend, the Rebels beat host Georgia State 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-16). Stroup led the team with
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Lauren Bars makes a play against Ohio State during the Rebel Invitational.
12 kills, while Mulkey recorded 11 on a remarkable .625 hitting percentage. Mulkey also led the team with nine digs. Bars led the team with 18 assists and two blocks, also recording five kills and four digs. Senior Caroline Adams had three aces in the game and finished a relatively quiet weekend with five digs. “We played well this weekend and had a lot of different players step up. Our pin hitters, Emily Stroup, Caitlin (Wernentin) and Leah (Mulkey), were very consistent in all three matches,” head coach Steven McRoberts said. “The middles, Nayo (Warnell), Bayleigh (Scott) and Aubrey (Sultemeier), also had solid contributions with kills and blocks.” The Rebels look to carry their momentum into this weekend as they compete in their final nonconference tournament of the season at the Rice Adidas Invitational II, in Houston. However, they must first get through a tough game against Memphis. While the rivalry between Ole Miss and Memphis
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REBEL FOOTBALL BACK AT HOME
PHOTOS: CHRISTIAN JOHNSON
TOP LEFT: Ole Miss freshmen participate in the annual Rebel Run event during the home opener versus Southern Illinois on Saturday. TOP RIGHT: Freshmen at Ole Miss run across the field during the annual Rebel Run at the Rebels’ first home game of the season on Saturday. BOTTOM LEFT: Ole Miss fans and cheerleaders prepare for the Walk of Champions on Saturday prior to the home opener versus Southern Illinois. BOTTOM RIGHT: A.J. Brown gives high-fives during the Walk of Champions prior to Ole Miss’ game versus Southern Illinois on Saturday.
continued from page 1 The Rebel defense allowed the Salukis 629 yards of total offense, 388 of which came through the air, despite Southern Illinois being pegged as a “run-first” offense. Luke said his defensive players were able to make personal adjustments after the rough first half as opposed to schematic adjustments. “I think a lot of it was mindset, eyes and going out there … not waiting on someone to make a play,” Luke said. Defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff echoed his head coach’s diagnosis of the defense: Its issue was in a lack of execution and focus rather than in the game plan. “Give (Southern Illinois) credit,” McGriff said. “They came out, and they played with energy. They did a tremendous job in the first half. We went out, and we didn’t have our focus. We played flat. We had bad eye discipline, and we gave up a ton of plays.” Although Luke and McGriff were displeased with the defense’s performance in the first half, McGriff was pleased with how the team turned it around in
the latter half of the game. “The players went back out in the second half and did a tremendous job of playing,” McGriff said. “At some point, the players got to go out and make plays. They took ownership in it … in the second half, they went out and did it. Despite the shaky showing from the Landshark Defense, the Ole Miss offense had another marquee day. The Rebels scored on five of their six first-half drives and six of their seven in the second half. Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu garnered career highs in both passing yards, with 448 and passing touchdowns, with five. Offensive coordinator Phil Longo was pleased with how his unit answered the call when the Rebel defense was struggling. “The best thing about today was that we had to battle every single play, every single drive, for four quarters,” Longo said. “Jordan Ta’amu had to make good decisions for four quarters. I thought it was really good work for the offense.” Freshman quarterback Matt Corral also found the end zone on the ground late in the game in relief of Ta’amu. Corral’s score was set up by a highlight-reel reception by Alex Webber that
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Scottie Phillips celebrates a play during Ole Miss’ home opener versus Southern Illinois. got the Rebels to the goal line. Some other Rebel underclassmen, including
Braylon Sanders and Scottie Phillips, had lights-out days, as well. Phillips rushed for 107
yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and Sanders, who started in place of the injured DaMarkus Lodge, caught four passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Sanders, a sophomore, said he could be the youngest member of Ole Miss’ “Nasty Wide Outs.” “Those guys (A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and Lodge) are great players,” Sanders said. “I just keep going in and making plays whenever my number is called.” The Rebels face a challenge next Saturday as the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide rolls into town. With a high-powered offense that features two capable quarterbacks in Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, Alabama could prove difficult for the Rebel defense to handle. McGriff said in preparation for the Crimson Tide, his defense needs to focus on fixing its own shortcomings first. “I think the biggest thing we have to clean up this week is us,” McGriff said. “We have no opportunity to go out play competitive against anybody if we don’t pay attention to us. Pay attention to mistakes that we’re making, and just clean up the things that we need to get better at. Then, we’ll focus on the opponent.”
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