There was a time this season in which teams looked forward to having their defenses go up against LSU junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger. That time, it’s safe to say, has come and gone.    Mettenberger threw for 298 yards and a touchdown in a heartbreaking loss to Alabama two weeks ago and followed that up by tossing two touchdowns and 273 passing...

  Many thought the 6-foot-1, 254 pound Issac Gross wouldn’t make it in the Southeastern Conference as a defensive tackle, but the Ole Miss freshman is proving those critics wrong.    Gross, a native of Batesville and product of well-known South Panola High School, entered Ole Miss as the No. 35 overall recruit in the nation, third at his position,...

Grayson (Ga.) senior defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 football recruit and the brother of Ole Miss redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, has decomitted from Clemson, where he previously committed on June 14. Neal McCready of RebelGrove/Rivals.com first reported the news Wednesday night and it was confirmed by Will Hammock of the Gwinnett...

According to various news sources Gov. Romney has gained the support of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas,  Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming and Mississippi. President Obama has gained the support of New York, New Jersey and Michigan.  He is also leading in seven of the nine battleground states. The current...

  The Ole Miss men’s golf team competed in five tournaments this fall and walked away with victories at two of those events — the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg and the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabo, Mexico — due in large part to the play of sophomore Blake Morris.   As a freshman, Morris played in nine tournaments. He had one...

  Trick: Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee   At the beginning of the season, who would have thought Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee would be where they are today?    Arkansas, despite the firing of head coach Bobby Petrino, had high hopes for 2012, and some in Fayetteville were even thinking of the national championship. Reality set in after being upset by...

  Third-down defense   The Rebels’ defense has consistently improved throughout the season, but one part of the game where they still struggle is third-down defense. On the year, Ole Miss ranks 91st in the country in opponent third-down conversion percentage, allowing opponents to convert almost 44 percent of third downs.   In losses to Texas, Alabama...

This week vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan promotes his budget plan around the country. The Romney-Ryan budget promises to reduce the national debt while also both consolidating and lowering existing individual income tax rates from six brackets into 10 and 25 percent categories. The plan offsets these cuts by increasing the age at which Americans receive Social Security...

The Ole Miss Rebels return to the friendly confines of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night after a two-game road trip. The Rebels (3-2, 0-1 SEC) will welcome Southeastern Conference newcomer Texas A&M (3-1, 1-1 SEC) to Oxford for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU. The Rebels are coming off a hard-fought loss to No. 1 Alabama this past weekend, while the Aggies defeated...

Third Downs Texas A&M and Ole Miss are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to third-down conversion percentage on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Ole Miss is first in the Southeastern Conference in converting first downs, with a conversion percentage of 51 percent. That number will be put to the test against the Aggie defense, which is allowing opponents...