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Caroline Kennedy signs off Caroline Kennedy, daughter of deceased president John F. Kennedy, visited Square Books on Thursday to sign copies of “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy.”

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Nearly 200 people sat outside Square Books on Thursday to get their copy of “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy” signed by Caroline

Gregory Brock’s journalism career has come full circle. Brock returned to his alma mater Wednesday to meet with students, and on Thursday, he accepted the 2012 Sam Talbert Silver Em Award given by the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The Silver Em honors journalists who are either Mississippi natives or work within the state and represent the highest standards of journalistic practice. 26496

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BREAKING FROM TRADITION The university’s recent celebration of 50 years of integration challenges the community to consider to what extent the Greek system is inclusive.

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Senior Editor for Standards at The New York Times and Ole Miss alumnus Gregory Brock accepted the 2012 Sam Talbert Silver Em Award on Thursday at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. abartel@go.olemiss.edu

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Kennedy. “Listening In” was released on Sept. 25 and is the compilation of nearly 300 hours of recordings that were taken in the Oval Office during John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Notably, the book includes a conversation between former Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett and President Kennedy during the tense period of negotiation regarding the integration of The University of Mississippi. Lynn Roberts, general manager of Square Books, shared the excitement of having Kennedy in Oxford. “We’re really glad to have her, and there’s been great public support,” Roberts said. “It’s exciting. This doesn’t happen too often; we have lots of great authors come, but they’re not children of former

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Brock began his career as a journalist at The Daily Mississippian and later worked at the Palm Beach Post, the Charlotte Observer, The Courier-Journal, the San Francisco Examiner and the Washington Post. The Washington Post honored Brock during his time there by naming him a Harvard Nieman Fellow for the 1994 academic year. Brock admitted that the work of a journalist is largely a constant struggle. See AWARD, PAGE 3

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Roughly one third of the students at The University of Mississippi are members of a fraternity or sorority. The university hosts 14 Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters, 9 National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters and 9 Panhellenic Council (NPC) chapters. According to Michelle Horvath, graduate of the Panhellenic Council and higher education graduate student, the Greek system needs to grow regarding integration. “Our Greek organizations are value-based organizations,” Horvath said. “People are not recruited based on the immutable characteristics, such as race. We recruit on scholarships, volunteerism and other values such as that.” Horvath said that there are a number of causes regarding the lack of diversity in the Greek

system. “In many Greek organizations, people have legacies and they are comfortable going there, and that’s not going to change,” she said. “For white and black students, it’s difficult to go to an organization where you don’t see someone who is reflective in yourself there,” Horvath said. “Some of it is based on individual tradition and preferences.” In April of 2011, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Tau Omega, Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha had the first super swap among IFC, NPHC and NPC chapters at The University of Mississippi. Senior psychology major Emmalee Rainey enjoyed the swap for its encouragement of diversity. “I hope that Greek organizations plan more events like that in the future,” Rainey said. “It bridges the gaps and diversifies our community.” “The enjoyment of being

with each other prevailed over any aesthetic or cultural differences between us,” Rainey said. Horvath hopes that others don’t believe there are stereotypes about the different Greek councils. “Students need to know that if they assume that there is a stereotype, there’s a lack of knowledge there,” Horvath said. “Anyone in the Greek Life office is willing to talk to any student who is interested in finding out about any Greek information to expel those stereotypes.” Junior journalism major Bracey Harris hopes to see progress continue in diversifying the Greek system at Ole Miss. “What that progress will look like is open to interpretation,” Harris said. “For me, it’s anyone, regardless of their background, feeling comfortable enough to go through either Greek system.”


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The college admissions process is something most of us would never like to have to relive. It’s a stressful time filling out applications, writing variations of the same personal statement and dealing with the attendant stress of finding a large or small envelope in the mailbox. However, for one girl, though she graduated from LSU this past May, she will have to relive this time of her life in front of the Supreme Court. This week the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Fisher v. The University of Texas. Abigail Fisher, a white 22-year-old female, claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she was white, while other less-qualified minority students gained admission over her. She T H E D A I LY

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alleges that she suffered real economic harm from not being admitted to the well-regarded University of Texas and had to attend Louisiana State University instead, and that her future earning prospects have been diminished by not attending her first-choice school. The Supreme Court, as it’s currently constructed, could likely overturn affirmative action in higher education in this decision. Affirmative actions plans were held by the court to be constitutional in the 2003 case Grutter v. Bollinger. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is now retired, wrote the majority opinion and cited studies that found diverse campuses were more successful in a number of factors. However, the holding has been eroded in recent years, especially in the lower levels of education. Supporters of affirmative action cite the need for diversity on campuses as well as the importance of training future leaders who are more demonstrative of the population at-large. There are also numerous studies that point to more diverse

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campuses being more academically and socially successful campuses. It also prepares students to better handle the diversity they are sure to encounter in the professional world. However, affirmative action is not without its detractors. There’s a theory called “mismatch” that says affirmative action allows students to gain admission to schools they are not suited for, and that their subsequent performance suffers. Studies have shown that schools with affirmative action programs tend to graduate fewer minority students than schools with race-blind admissions programs. Affirmative action detractors then argue that minority students at schools without affirmative action programs are actually more successful then they would have been at a school with an affirmative action policy. The sad fact of the matter is that in 2012, there is no equal opportunity in public education across the board. Public schools have resegregated, and the Supreme Court has upheld public schools’ right not to reintegrate.

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This has caused school integration levels to drop down to their 1950s levels, which is troubling and indicative of a much larger problem. This year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the integration of Ole Miss, and while we’ve come a long way, it’s still startling to see how far we still have to go. Theoretically, today we should be moving toward a race-blind admissions policy; however, affirmative action still needs a place in our higher education. The need for affirmative action programs is symptomatic of a much larger systemic problem in our education system as a whole. At the most basic levels, our public schools should be providing equal education to all our students, regardless of the color of their skin. Until schools can do that, affirmative action programs in higher education will sadly remain necessary. Brittany Sharkey is a third-year law student from Oceanside, Calif. She graduated from NYU in 2010 with a degree in politics. Follow her on Twitter @brittanysharkey.


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presidents.” Roberts also said that Kennedy visiting the store has bolstered business, especially the last couple of days. Nancy Lloyd of Oxford said President Kennedy was one of the reasons she bought the book. “I just thought so much of her father President Kennedy and I’ve always been a big fan of the Kennedy family,” Lloyd said. “I think (Caroline Kennedy) is a very strong woman. She’s been through a lot being one of the last of her family.” Garrison Gibbons, a sophomore theatre major at Ole Miss, said the historical significance played a major part in his purchase of the book. “I’m a history buff at heart, so I’m very interested in the Kennedy family and so is my mother,” Gibbons said. “So not only for her am I coming, but also because I’m obsessed with everything the Kennedy family has done and finding out more information about them. So meeting Caroline Kennedy is kind of cool in that regard.” Cindy Howle of Oxford said Kennedy coming to Oxford is a historical moment. “It’s a rare opportunity that you get to meet someone that was and is an eyewitness to history,” Howle said. “It’s been a while since the Kennedys have been in Mississippi, and it’s a historical moment when you have access to someone that has been a major part of history.” Copies of “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy” are available for purchase at Square Books for $42.80. A limited number of signed copies are on sale for the same price.

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Greg Brock, senior editor for standards at The New York Times, shakes hands with his former journalism professor and mentor Jere Hoar, who was awarded the Silver Em in 1995.

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Brock emphasized that his job is “to try to keep The New York Times from screwing up” by deciding whether or not to use anonymous sources, filtering images and videos to supplement writing and keeping a cap on the mistakes that are inevitable with the free flow

of information, among other duties. Brock said in his acceptance speech that getting work done in the present rather than focusing on the future earned him the success that is his own today. “If you don’t care about who gets the credit and go about your business, you can get a lot more done,” Brock said. Brock remembers his time at Ole Miss as the highlight

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Nkemdiche making a name for himself After redshirting this past season, linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has emerged from his younger brother Robert’s shadow as a statistical and emotional leader for the Ole Miss defense. BY AUSTIN MILLER dmmanaging@gmail.com

To be a freshman and be a leader, particularly in the Southeastern Conference, is rare, in the words of head coach Hugh Freeze. However, Ole Miss redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has done just that. “There’s no age, there’s no perfect rubric for being a leader,” Nkemdiche said. “If you want to be courageous and step up and lead by example, lead vocally, why not? If my teammates take that into their perspective and respect that, why not keep doing it and show up every weekend?” So far, that’s worked well for the relatively undersized 5-foot-11, 203-pounder from Loganville, Ga., who leads the team with 38 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. But the respect he has earned from his teammates goes beyond the box score. “It has to do with him backing up his effort and attitude on the field,” Freeze said. “He still makes some mistakes, just like all freshmen do. He goes 100 miles per hour, though, when he makes those. Sometimes he’s able to overcome. “The passion that he shows playing this game at this university, no one can question

that. That’s something that our fans and our people have been very hungry to see. He leads by example in that arena.” Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack admitted he has been surprised somewhat by Nkemdiche’s success so far this season after moving from defensive back to linebacker during fall camp. “I didn’t know how he would hold up against some of those bigger guys,” Wommack said. “He’s been like a rocket coming through there, just total intensity. “I think we’ll get him a little bigger, but I love the way he plays. He’s been a huge lift for us, no doubt. He’s one of those guys that’s absolutely getting better each and every week.” Coming out of Grayson High School, Nkemdiche originally signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on National Signing Day. Then, after he made a qualifying score on his ACT to become academically eligible, Division I offers came rolling in, and he narrowed it down to Georgia and Ole Miss. “Georgia was in my backyard, and I didn’t really know about being so close to home where everybody could come right there and see me,” Nkemdiche said, “I kind of just wanted to get away and really find myself and become the

player that I wanted to be. “I saw that there would be early playing time at Ole Miss because of the way things were. When I got here, I was just like, ‘Why not try to make a difference? Why not try to change something? Why not do something out of the ordinary?’” After redshirting this past season, it didn’t take too long for Nkemdiche to make a difference, as he recorded eight tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack in his Ole Miss debut, a 49-27 win against Central Arkansas. “When they told me, I was excited, and it just made me prepare that much better,” he said of starting his first college game. “My focus level got turned up to another level. Coach told me not to get overwhelmed, and I wasn’t at all. “I missed competition. I just missed it so much, and (to) finally get that opportunity, I don’t want to let that chance go. I just wanted to do what my coaches teach me and help my teammates and do my job for my teammates also.” Less than a month later, Nkemdiche was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after he tallied a careerhigh 11 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and two forced fumbles in a 33-14 loss to No. 1 Alabama.

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Redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche celebrates with senior cornerback Wesley Pentelton.

“I think the film confirmed what we saw live, which was just a fanatical effort,” linebackers coach Tom Allen said of Nkemdiche’s game against Alabama. “We call him the ‘Tasmanian devil.’ That’s kind of how he plays. He’s not very big, but he’s got a huge heart, and I think his play is infectious.” Nkemdiche didn’t get the re-

cruiting attention of his younger brother Robert, the nation’s No. 1 high school player, and while he has never been jealous of his brother, he said it’s definitely felt good to get out of his younger brother’s shadow. “All the questions, the magazines, newspaper articles and See NKEMDICHE, PAGE 10


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Ole Miss Defense vs. Auburn Offense

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Four Downs: Ole Miss Rebels vs. Auburn Tigers In this week’s edition of Four Downs, The Daily Mississippian football beat writers Bennett Hipp and Matt Sigler, sports editor David Collier and managing editor Austin Miller answer four questions regarding the week’s matchup. 1. How does Ole Miss respond after a heartbreaking loss a week ago?

Bennett Hipp (@bennetthipp): I think Ole Miss will respond very well. The attitude this week around the team has portrayed a group that has moved on from the loss and is eager to get that elusive Southeastern Conference win. I’m expecting Ole Miss to play well. Matt Sigler (@SigNewton_2): I think Ole Miss will respond well. This is a hungry team who really wants to get a conference win under their belts, and I see the Rebels coming out with a great effort and passion this week. David Collier (@DavidLCollier): Since the beginning of the season, the Ole Miss coaches have said to not let the same game beat them twice. I think you’ll see a determined Rebel team come out on Saturday looking to take that next step in the rebuilding process with a conference win. The attitudes appear to be good throughout the team, so there shouldn’t be any lulls. Austin Miller (@austinkmiller): The coaches and players have been saying all the right things this week, and I think Ole Miss takes the next step in the process and snap its 16-game SEC losing streak on Saturday. There were a lot of positives to take away from the

Texas A&M loss, and it looks like Ole Miss is playing with a lot of confidence. 2. Does Vince Sanders and Ja-Mes Logan’s expanded role in the offense the past two games result in a big day for Donte Moncrief?

Hipp: I think Moncrief has a good game, but I don’t know how much Sanders and Logan will have to do with it. One of Auburn’s top corners, Chris Davis, is questionable due to an injury. If he can’t go, it’ll make the task of covering Moncrief even tougher for the Tigers. Potentially getting Korvic Neat back in the slot to open up the middle of the field could provide just as much help in propelling Moncrief to a big game. Sigler: I think Moncrief will have a big day regardless. He is a top-notch receiver, and despite being keyed on by defenses, he has been able to make plays down the stretch for Ole Miss. Sanders and Logan stepping up is definitely a huge help for him as well since they cannot be forgotten about. Collier: For this Ole Miss offense to be as effective as it can be, Sanders and Logan have to continue to be productive. Moncrief will get extra attention no matter how well anyone else is playing, but having other players step up

certainly couldn’t hurt. If the Rebels can continue to run the ball effectively, Moncrief will have plenty of success when Hugh Freeze decides to air it out. Miller: Between Jeff Scott growing his role as an everydown running back, the return of Korvic Neat in the slot and the emergence of Sanders and Logan, the Ole Miss offense has become a lot more balanced, and it’s by design. The offense looks for mismatches, and if Auburn does not devote double coverage or a safety over the top to Moncrief’s side, he can have a big day against the Auburn defense. 3. How does the Ole Miss defense react to the different looks they will see from the Auburn offense?

Hipp: The defense should react well because Auburn has struggled to move the ball no matter what offensive style it has been in so far. Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler spoke this week about wanting the Tigers to get back to running the football and using play-action to open up the passing game. Knowing that, expect Ole Miss to fill the box, try to stop the run early and force either Clint Moseley or Kiehl Frazier to beat them through the air. Sigler: I think it will be a challenge early on and adjust-

ments will have to be made during the game. However, I think the defense responds well. The strength of the defense has been against the running game so far this season, so I think the big question mark will be whether or not they can stop the pass. Collier: Much like in weeks past, I expect the Ole Miss defense to give up a couple of big plays, but if they can keep those to a minimum, there shouldn’t be a problem containing an Auburn offense that has been a train wreck this year. If they open the game with a lot of emotion, this is an opportunity for the Rebel defense to really gain some confidence with a dominant performance against an SEC opponent. Miller: Auburn has been woefully inconsistent on offense, whether it’s Kiehl Frazier or Clint Moseley at quarterback, so I look for Auburn to try and establish the run to take pressure off the quarterback. Ole Miss will load up to stop the run, and if it gets a lead, turn the dogs loose and get after the quarterback to take advantage of a shaky offensive line that gave up eight sacks against Arkansas this past week. 4. Does Ole Miss end its 16-game SEC losing streak on Saturday?

Hipp: Yes. While Auburn has some talent on both sides

of the ball, it’s a team that hasn’t played good defense and has been downright awful offensively. Looking at their season so far, it’s easy to say they should be 0-5 heading into this game. It’s a matchup of two programs headed in drastically different directions. Ole Miss still has a ways to go but is improving and is hungry for its first Southeastern Conference win since 2010. On the other hand, Auburn is still playing hard for Gene Chizik, but how long that continues to happen is anyone’s guess. There are just too many things pointing in Ole Miss’ direction to pick anyone other than the Rebels in Saturday’s game. Sigler: I believe they do. This is a completely different team, and I believe they get over the hump this weekend and get the win. Collier: I think Ole Miss wins the game, and if they come to play and eliminate mistakes, this could be a game in which the Rebels take out their frustrations from the last two seasons on their way to their first conference win in two years. After having a win slip through their hands a week ago, this Ole Miss team is hungry for a win and should get it if they play like they have the past two weeks. Miller: Yes. Ole Miss and Auburn are two programs headed in two different directions. Ole Miss is playing with a lot of confidence, despite back-to-back losses, while it looks like Auburn quit on the season this past week. Yes, Auburn might rally around Gene Chizik to save his job, but to me, it looks like that ship sank against Arkansas.

Recruiting Update: Commitment profiles Ole Miss currently has 19 commitments for the 2013 recruiting class. Here’s an update on the commitments with their measurables, hometowns, high schools and star rankings from two recruiting sites. BY DAVID COLLIER thedmsports@gmail.com

RB Peyton Barber 5-foot-11, 222 pounds - Alpharetta, Ga. - Milton HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars WR Trey Bledsoe 6-foot-2, 190 pounds - Grenada, Miss. - Grenada HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 2 stars OT Daronte Bouldin 6-foot-6, 310 pounds - Canton, Miss. - Canton Public HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars RB Eugene Brazley 5-foot-10, 175 pounds New Orleans - Carver, G W,

Senior HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars QB Ryan Buchanan 6-foot-4, 210 pounds - Jackson, Miss. - Jackson Prep Rivals.com: 4 stars Scout.com: 4 stars WR Dannon Cavil 6-foot-4, 205 pounds - San Antonio, Texas - Madison HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars RB Mark Dodson 5-foot-9, 175 pounds Memphis - Whitehaven HS Rivals.com: 4 stars Scout.com: 3 stars TE Evan Engram 6-foot-3, 210 pounds - Powder Springs, Ga. - Hillgrove

HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars CB Bobby Hill 6-foot-0, 165 pounds Moultrie, Ga. - Colquitt County HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars OT Davion Johnson 6-foot-5, 315 pounds - Byhalia, Miss - Byhalia HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars WR Derrick Jones 6-foot-2, 180 pounds Eupora, Miss. - Eupora HS Rivals.com: 2 stars Scout.com: 3 stars QB Devante Kincade 6-foot-1, 185 pounds - Dallas, Texas - Skyline HS

Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 4 stars DT Finesse Middleton 6-foot-2, 245 pounds Gadsden, Ala. - Gadsden City HS Rivals.com: 2 stars Scout.com: 2 stars WR Quadarius Mireles 5-foot-11, 180 pounds Raymond, Miss. - Hinds CC Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars DT Herbert Moore 6-foot-2, 180 pounds Memphis - East HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars TE Christian Morgan 6-foot-4, 255 pounds Plano, Texas - Prestonwood Christian Academy

Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 4 stars OLB Rashawn Smith 6-foot-3, 210 pounds - Florence, Ala. - Florence HS Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars S Charles Williams 6-foot-2, 180 pounds - Hialeah, Fla. - Champagnat Catholic School of Hialeah Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars CB Zach Witchett 6-foot-1, 196 pounds - Raymond, Miss. - Hinds CC Rivals.com: 3 stars Scout.com: 3 stars For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @thedm_ sports and @DavidLCollier on Twitter.


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Prewitt ‘a perfect representative’ for Ole Miss It’s not often that a head football coach says a player is playing too much, but for sophomore safety Cody Prewitt, that is exactly the case. Prewitt has totaled 35 tackles, including two tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as a leader for the Ole Miss defense. BY BENNETT HIPP jbhipp@go.olemiss.edu

Two years removed from playing high school football at Sylva-Bay Academy, and one year removed from being thrown into the Southeastern Conference mix as a true freshman, sophomore safety Cody Prewitt has emerged as a leader and playmaker for a young but improving Ole Miss defense. A new defensive scheme under defensive coordinator Dave Wommack has allowed Prewitt to be more confident in his actions on the field. “This defense, I’m a lot more comfortable running this defense, and with that comes confidence, and with confidence you’re going to play a lot better,” Prewitt said. “I’m able to play full speed because I know what I’m doing.” That confidence shows in his play, as Prewitt has recorded 35 tackles on the year, two tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble

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recovery. He’s been making plays all over the field this season and recently put together his best game of the season tallying six tackles, one interception and two forced fumbles against Texas A&M.

In fact, according to Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels are already relying on Prewitt too much. “He’s playing too many snaps for us right now,” Freeze said. “We’re hav-

ing to use him almost every down and on some special teams, but that’s how important he is to us.” Increased confidence has also allowed Prewitt to team up with redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkem-

diche to become two of the defense’s bigger leaders. It’s something that has come naturally to both players. “Me and Denzel, we’re really good friends,” Prewitt said. “We’ve been close ever since we got up here, and us both being on the field at the same time, we feed off each other a lot. We’ve seen that the defense is feeding off that. We’ve kind of not felt pressure, but we’ve felt like we’ve needed to step up as leaders, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do.” Only a sophomore, Prewitt is one of the players around whom Freeze is championing his program both on and off the field. He preached about getting players to buy into a new system and coaching staff, and he sees Prewitt as a perfect example of a player doing just that. “The thing that stands out to me about him is how much he is concerned about what happens in this program,” Freeze said. “He’s See PREWITT, PAGE 12

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Sanders thriving in Hugh Freeze’s offense Sophomore wide receiver Vince Sanders has come into his own this season and has established himself as a polished and reliable receiver. Through six games, Sanders has 16 catches for 178 yards, both of which eclipse his marks from a season ago. BY MATT SIGLER mcsigler@go.olemiss.edu

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When someone is rated the No. 1 player in the state, expectations are through the roof. It was no different for sophomore wide receiver Vince Sanders when he came out of Noxubee County High School in 2010 rated the No. 1 player in Mississippi. Along with that came the stress of being a highly soughtafter recruit and the ultimate decision of where to play college football. “Coming out of high school, I was highly recruited,” Sanders said. “Growing up, Florida State was my dream school. I had said that if I ever got an offer from them I was going to take it. So I finally got an offer from them, and my top three schools then were Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Florida State.” Although Sanders had his dream offer on the table, he still had one thought lingering in his mind. “I always kind of had that mindset, why not stay in Mississippi and do great things in Mississippi instead of going somewhere else?” he said. “So I took a visit to Florida State and was impressed by it, but at the

end of the day, Ole Miss was the first college game I went to, and I had a good relationship with the coaches and felt like it was just the place for me, so I chose Ole Miss.” Sanders joined the Ole Miss team with high hopes of having an instant impact. However, things did not play out quite as he envisioned. “It started off kind of rocky,” he said. “As far as my grades, I had to take a summer class in Jackson, so I made it to campus like the third day of camp. I was behind, so I ended up redshirting, which I’m glad I did because it gave me a chance to see how college football really is and improve some of my craft. It was rocky at first, but I understood the situation and knew I had to redshirt, and I was OK with that.” Sanders entered his second year on campus hoping that it was finally his time to get back on the field, but he saw his role limited. He played in nine games, including one start, and caught 10 passes for 110 yards. “Last year I didn’t play as much until the end of the season,” he said. “But they hired Coach (Hugh) Freeze, and he See SANDERS, PAGE 10


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Sophomore wide receiver Vince Sanders makes a catch against Texas A&M. THOMAS GRANING | The Daily Mississippian

Redshirt freshman Denzel Nkemdiche pressures Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

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things of that sort — it was all motivation,” he said. “It just kept me going and gave me something to work for. “I felt like no matter how much Robert has succeeded in high school, I’ve taken that next step, I’ve made it to the next level, so I want to keep taking steps forward, leading for him and showing him that it is possible that you can do it, no matter what, even though he is the No. 1 player in the nation. I still want to show him that I can do it too.” Robert said that it’s great watching his older brother play and he’s proud of his success. “I love that guy, it’s my

brother, and I am happy to see him succeed because a lot of people doubted him and said Ole Miss just took him for me, but he’s really shining on his own and doing what he does,” Robert Nkemdiche said in an interview with the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post. Nkemdiche said when talks to his brother, who has verbally committed to Clemson, he’s also actively recruiting him because he wants the Ole Miss program to be the best that it can be, and for it to be the best that it can be, it has to get recruits like Robert. “I talk to him more about what we can do here, about how special it can be if he came here and if he understood how we can change the Ole Miss program,” Nkemdiche said. “He’s really taking that into consideration now that he’s

seeing us compete at this level and seeing what I’m doing at this level.” For now, though, Nkemdiche and his teammates are focused on moving forward from the disappointment of this past Saturday’s 30-27 loss against Texas A&M when Ole Miss hosts Auburn on Saturday. “It hurt, and I’m glad that players were affected like that,” he said. “I’m glad that they hurt like that because that means they really do care and that they want to win. It hurt the entire locker room. It’s a feeling that we don’t ever want to feel again. That’s going to give us a little push.” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @thedm_ sports and @austinkmiller on Twitter.

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put a change to all that.” The hiring of head coach Hugh Freeze was the turning point for Sanders and his collegiate career. Sanders entered this season as a consistent first-team player and found a home in the spread offense Freeze brought with him. “Coach had a plan for me,” he said. “I just stayed patient, and I know this type of offense gives receivers a lot of chances to make plays. Since fall camp started, I’ve kept my confidence and have been trying to make every play that comes my way count.” So far, Sanders has made his opportunities count. He has reeled in 16 passes for 178 yards through six games, both of which rank second on the team. Sanders said that the

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A midterm evaluation from ESPN.com’s SEC bloggers The Daily Mississippian sports editor David Collier caught up with ESPN SEC bloggers Edward Aschoff and Chris Low to give their evaluation of the Ole Miss football team through the first half of the season BY DAVID COLLIER thedmsports@gmail.com

David Collier: What are your overall thoughts on Ole Miss through the first six games of the season? Edward Aschoff: I think the most impressive thing is the discipline. You can put the offense aside and how well it’s played and how this team has really bought into Hugh Freeze, but they have been able to go about their business. This is a team that couldn’t play for four quarters the last two years, and now, they’re doing a heck of a job doing that. They lost a tough one to Texas A&M, but they were a team that wouldn’t have even been on the same field with a team like Texas A&M last year. There are still issues defensively. They turn the ball over way too much. Capitalizing in games is something they’re going to have to get better at, but I think right now, it’s head and shoulders better than it was last year because this team truly has bought into what Hugh Freeze has said and they’re playing with attitude. They’re playing with a personality they haven’t had in a few years. Chris Low: They’re a lot better than I thought they would be, a lot more competitive. I really think they’ve got a pretty good chance to be a bowl team. I never would’ve thought that before the season started. DC: What has surprised you the most about this Ole Miss team? EA: I’m going to say how well the offense has played. It’s really tough to adapt to a completely different offense the first year. I would say that Ole Miss and Texas A&M have been extremely impressive with how they’ve run those two high-octane offenses. The spread is not easy to wrap your head around. You look at Urban Meyer at Florida. He had pro guys in 2005 and couldn’t effectively run the spread like he wanted to. Then, that totally changed in 2006 and 2007. I think these guys have molded well. Having two extremely athletic quarterbacks has helped. Having a lot of speed in the backfield has helped. Donte Moncrief said it best this summer. It’s going to be great for wide receivers because they can spread the field more, and they’ve shown that. They’ve been finishing on offense in the fourth quarter. CL: How many young players they’ve been able to play and yet still be pretty resilient and competitive. They had the A&M game won and just couldn’t hold on, but that’s really indicative of a team play-

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ing so many young players. You’ve got to learn how to win and finish those games. That would be at the top of the list. DC: What have been your thoughts of Bo Wallace this season? EA: I think he’s done well. I think the stability at quarterback this year has been a lot better than it has been in a few years, I guess since Jevan Snead was there. He does turn the ball over a lot. He knows he has the ability to make big plays. You see it with all of the talented quarterbacks in this league, they just try to press too much. I think that’s something that he’s doing now. There’s some pressure on

him. Everyone expected him to do really well because he’s been in this offense before. I think that kind of gets to him. A.J. McCarron did it last year. You’ve seen Aaron Murray do it in big games. It comes with the territory. You have to get over that. If he doesn’t get over that, it’s going to hurt the offense, and he may have to take a back seat. Barry Brunetti is just as athletic. He probably doesn’t have the throwing ability that Bo has, but he will make plays with his feet, and Hugh Freeze is not afraid to put him in. I just think he has to get over that pressing need, which is hurting him in the turnover area. CL: He’s been a little bit in-

consistent, but he’s also made a lot of big plays for them. It’s hard when you come in your first time through in this league against the defenses that you play and be really consistent. That’s not a knock against him. A lot of quarterbacks have to go through that. I think the more he plays in that offense and the more that he’s in this league and sees the defenses, the better off he will be. DC: Ole Miss is three wins away from a bowl game. What should realistic expectations be for the rest of the year? EA: It’s tough because with the way that Auburn is playing and Arkansas is playing, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get out of them. There are people around that program that think this team should win six games. It’s going to be tough because you have depth issues on both sides of the ball. They’re going to get tired. It’s just a matter of, when is this team going to get tired going through this SEC schedule. I think right now, five wins would be great for this program. Six would be excellent. Arkansas gets that win over

Auburn. Is that going to get them going on a little bit of roll? Vanderbilt upsets Missouri on the road. Are they going to be able to squeak out some other wins? I think it’s going to be tough. I’d say five right now, but six is certainly still a possibility. It’s all about the endurance of this team. CL: I think the big expectation and I don’t want to say it’s something they should do, but it’s very reasonable to think they could make a bowl game. That would be a huge accomplishment. I think that’s a reasonable expectation. But even if they fall short of that and win five games but they continue to be in games and those young players continue to keep going up, I think it’s been a successful first season for Freeze. You’re talking about a team that’s lost 16-straight SEC games going back to the 2010 season. I think if they can win a couple of SEC games and stop that drought, that would be a huge step in the right direction for them. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @thedm_ sports and @DavidLCollier on Twitter.

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a perfect representative for our university as a studentathlete, and for our football program as one of our leaders. He studies hard to make sure he’s in the right spot, and whatever limitations he might have in people’s eyes athletically, he certainly seems to be overcoming them because of his desire and willingness to prepare the right way.” With two young leaders in Prewitt and Nkemdiche and a bevy of younger players contributing major snaps, the Rebels will be able to build continuity on the defensive side of the ball during the next few seasons. It’s a young defense that Prewitt envisions becoming something special down the road because of how close the group is on and off the field.

“We all get along well, and we feed off each other very well,” Prewitt said. “We’re pretty close friends on and off the field. We’re all going to get older and smarter, and we’re going to start playing better. I can see a year or two years down the road, we’re going to be a dominant defense.” While that goal is down the road, the goal at hand for Prewitt and the Rebels is to get back on the winning track. Ole Miss will get another shot at doing just that on Saturday against Auburn. “We’re just tired of losing,” he said. “We’re really focused on getting a win and doing our best to win every game the rest of the season. Everyone’s sick of losing. “It’s time for things to start going our way.” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @thedm_ sports and @bennetthipp on Twitter.

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Hipp’s Tips: Auburn Tigers In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian football beat writer Bennett Hipp gives his keys to this week’s matchup. BY BENNETT HIPP jbhipp@go.olemiss.edu

Take advantage of turnovers Auburn enters the game ranked 119th in the country in turnover margin at -11. The only team below them is Virginia at -12. The Tigers have coughed up seven fumbles and have thrown 10 interceptions on the season. This is a good opportunity for Ole Miss to utilize its speed on defense to create pressure on whichever quarterback lines up to take the snaps for Auburn. Translating those turnovers to points would allow Ole Miss to get the Tigers out of their game plan and out of the game in general before they have the chance to hang around. Jump out early Whether the points come on offense, defense or special teams, Ole Miss needs to jump out to an early lead. Comments made by Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates about a lack of leadership illustrate a team that could crack at any point. In what is a must-win game, Auburn will come

to play early. An early 14-0 deficit and a turnover or two could be exactly what the Rebels need to wrap up the game early and cruise the rest of the way. Stop the run Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler plans on getting the Tiger offense back to its roots, which means running the football and using play action off of that run. Expect Ole Miss to sell out early to stop the run, as doing that puts a dent in that game plan. The Tigers haven’t shown any ability to consistently pass the football, and play-action only works if the team is having success running the football to keep the defense honest. Auburn plans on getting sophomore running back Tre Mason more involved, and the Rebels will key in on him and senior running back Onterio McCalebb early. Closing those running lanes will force the Tigers to take to the air and would give the Rebels a shot to create turnovers. Take the next step The next step in Ole Miss’ journey this season is to have a lead late and close it out.

The Rebels took another step last week, opening up a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter against Texas A&M before the Rebels failed to hang on for the win. Now, the Rebels will attempt to get that lead and finish the deal. For a young team that hasn’t been in this situation, that’s easier said than done. The numerous sophomores and freshmen playing for Ole Miss have never experienced an SEC win. It’s been a while since the veterans have participated in one as well. The challenge will be for Ole Miss to put together that complete game, or at least a complete fourth quarter, to break the 16-game SEC losing streak. Another step in the progression under Freeze will have the potential to happen if the Rebels find themselves with a lead late. Learning how to win a close game, or a conference game, is that step. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @thedm_ sports and @bennetthipp on Twitter.

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Rebels LOOK to snap conference skid against Auburn After a 30-27 loss this past week to Texas A&M, Ole Miss hosts Auburn for Homecoming on Saturday. The Rebels look to end their 16-game SEC losing streak against a struggling Auburn team, which lost 24-7 to Arkansas this past week. BY MATT SIGLER mcsigler@go.olemiss.edu

Ole Miss enters Saturday’s Homecoming game seeking its first conference win since defeating Kentucky 42-35 in 2010, and Auburn may be the perfect opportunity for it to do so. The Rebels (3-3, 0-2 SEC) welcome a struggling Auburn team which got its only win of the season in week three against LouisianaMonroe in overtime. The Tigers (1-4, 0-3 SEC) come into the game searching for an identity on the offensive side of the ball. The Tigers are currently running a twoquarterback system with sophomore Kiehl Frazier and junior Clint Moseley. “Their program is kind

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Hugh Freeze leads the team out of the tunnel before the game against Texas A&M this past Saturday.

of at a wall right now,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh

Freeze said in his weekly press conference on Monday. “They’re talking about their offensive identity. Exactly what that is, I don’t know. We’ve kind of seen the power game, and we’ve seen them try to spread it

out a little more. I know they are working hard this week trying to figure out what is going to give them the best chance to win, and I have no doubts that they’ll come out fighting and swinging.” Auburn currently ranks

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last in total offense per game in the SEC (302.4 ypg) and scoring offense (15.4 ppg), next to last in pass offense (172 ypg) and 12th in rushing offense (130.4 ypg). Despite the numbers, Freeze and his staff are preparing for the multiple looks that Auburn will throw their way. “They concern me because they’ve got some talented guys running the ball back there,” defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. “The line is young, but I think they are getting better each week. They’ve just got to find a plan and stick to it. For me, it is like watching five or six different offenses at times, and it is kind of hard to break down on.” The Tigers are led by Frazier in the passing department with 664 yards through the air with two touchdowns and eight interceptions. Moseley, whom the coaches noted as mainly being in when the Tigers are trying to run the ball, has thrown for 163 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. “It seems to me like when (Frazier) is in the game, they were running more of the stuff like we run, with a stutter package read and all that,” Wommack said. “When the other quarterback was in, it wasn’t as much about that; it was more about the power, stretch game. Other than that, the pass game is the same.” The Rebels are led on defense by redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche and sophomore safety Cody Prewitt. Nkemdiche leads the team in total tackles (38) and tackles for loss (8) and is tied for the team lead with two sacks. He has also forced two fumbles and added an interception. Prewitt is second on the team with 35 tackles, which inSee PREVIEW, PAGE 13

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