From The Tee Box - 2017 SEC Championships - Day 2

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As the Ole Miss women's golf team tees it up this weekend at the 2017 SEC Championships at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, OleMissSports.com tagged along to record some of the behind-the-scenes action and each day will bring five observations from the round.

Round Two - Sunday April 22

Back Nine Is Rebel Time

For the second straight day Ole Miss saw some great results on the back nine. Junior Katy Harris (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was 1-under on the back nine with two of her six birdies coming in the final nine holes while freshman Pi-Lillebi Hermansson (Djursholm, Sweden) was also 1-under on the final nine holes with a birdie on No. 14. Senior Maria Toennessen rounded out the Rebels stellar play on the back nine, shooting even par to close the day at 2-over par 74.

Catching Up With Katy Harris (Video)

After her blistering round of 69, OleMissSports.com caught up with junior Katy Harris to talk about her round:

Video Interview 

Note: Shoutout to Coach Drew for starting the Sprinter during the interview AND nice dance moves Marti!

Ole Miss By The Numbers

595 - Ole Miss' two-round score of 595 marks the first time since the 2010 Championship in which the Rebels have fired back-to-back sub-300 rounds. In 2010, the Rebels fired three consecutive rounds under 300 en route to an eighth-place finish.

296 - Ole Miss' first round 296 is the lowest opening round of the SEC Championships for the Rebels since shooting a 284 in 2010. 

69- Katy Harris' second round 69 is the lowest round for an Ole Miss golfer in the SEC Championship since Natalie Gleadall shot a 68 in the second round in the 2011 SEC championship. 

6-For the second consecutive round, Ole Miss has had a player card six birdies. In the first round Martina Flori tallied six birdies while in the second round Katy Harris added six birdies. Through two rounds, Ole Miss has 29 birdies.

Rivalry Time

When one things of Rebel rivals, Mississippi State and LSU come to mind and ironically enough the Rebels were pair with both of them through the first two rounds of the SEC Championship. Ole Miss teed off with LSU to open action in Friday and played with in-state rival Mississippi State on Saturday. In #RivalryWatch, LSU is sitting in eighth place, Ole Miss is in 11th place and Mississippi State is in 12th place entering Sunday's final round. Oh and the Rebels and Bulldogs will be playing together again in Sunday's final round.

Day Two Outfit

The Rebels put on the stripes for Saturdays' round. Ole Miss wore navy stripped racer back tops, with white bottoms and topped it off with a red hat. #Stylish

Geography Time With Katy Harris

Katy Harris is quite the good golfer, as demonstrated by her 69 in today's round, but geography may (or may not) be her strong suit.

Conversation at lunch:

Team: Katy, what are the two states that aren't part of the contiguous United States?

Katy: "I'm going to throw up ... let me think. Okay ... Hawaii

Team: (Clapping) That's one

Katy:  "And ... New York"

Madisen: "What do Hawaii and New York have in common?"

Katy: They are both over there (Points to her left) and New York is an island

Team: New York is not an island

Katy: No wait, its Alaska

Team: YAY

#GeographyLessonsWithKaty

Note: This is all in good fun, we can't all be good at everything and hey she did fire a 69 today:)

Game 2: Ole Miss 3, Missouri 1

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Today's game was played on a Saturday, but it had the vibe of a Friday night contest between two high-quality arms. Opportunities were limited for both sides, but Ole Miss freshman Ryan Rolison won the showdown against Missouri ace Tanner Houck for Ole Miss to grab the game two victory, 3-1. Despite not finding out he was starting today until 8:30 this morning, the freshman worked six one-hit innings to lead Ole Miss to the game two victory.


Player of the Game: Ryan Rolison. What a gutty performance from the Ole Miss freshman. Moved up a day with David Parkinson being under the weather, Rolison came through for Ole Miss with a spectacular performance in a game Ole Miss really needed to win. Despite struggling at times with finding the strike zone, the freshman struck out a career-high nine batters while limiting Mizzou to just one hit over six strong innings. Rolison allowed 0 hits in the seven at bats where a Missouri batter came to the plate with a runner on base. 


Key Moment: Ole Miss led from the first inning, but a one-run lead isn't the most comfortable. Against potential first rounder Tanner Houck, baserunners were difficult to come by. In the fifth inning, Ole Miss was able to add to the one-run lead with a two-out rally jumpstarted by a walk. Tate Blackman drew a four-pitch walk and advanced to third on a single by Will Golsan. Smart baserunning by Golsan led to him taking second on the throw, giving the Rebels 2nd and 3rd for three-hole batter Colby Bortles. Bortles shot an 0-1 pitch back up the middle to drive in both Rebels and give Ole Miss the 3-0 lead. That would be enough runs for Rolison and the Ole Miss bullpen. Missouri threatened in the ninth, but only could get the one run across for the Ole Miss victory.


Quotable: "(Rolison) had a big fastball today," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "In the first couple innings, he struggled to get it down into the zone. Usually when they're up in the first inning, it's not so much overthrowing as adrenaline taking over and mechanics rushing a little bit. He was able to fix that up. He had a dominant fastball. Not many breaking balls, a few curveballs, a few changeups, but a lot of good fastballs today."

From The Tee Box - 2017 SEC Championships - Day 1

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As the Ole Miss women's golf team tees it up this weekend at the 2017 SEC Championships at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, OleMissSports.com tagged along to record some of the behind-the-scenes action and each day will bring five observations from the round.

Round One - Friday April 21

Marti With An Impressive Back Nine

Sophomore Martina Flori (Montecatini Terme, Italy) had a bit of a coming out party at the SEC Championship in 2016, shooting a then career-best. Flash forward a year and she still really enjoys Greystone Golf and Country Club. The Italian native shot an even par 72 but her back nine was something to talk about. She tallied four straight birdies to open, a double bogey and a bogey, a par and closed the round with a birdie. In total she posted six birdies on the back nine and even with a double bogey and a bogey was 2-under on the back nine! #Impressive

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What's In YOUR Bag

18 holes is quite a bit of golf for a day and OleMissSports.com imagined that the Ole Miss women's golf team had some things in their golf bags that they couldn't do without. So we asked the Rebels:

"What's one thing in your golf bag that's not a club that you couldn't play a round of golf without?

Madisen Bentley - Food and Water (Keeping it simple and just the necessities)

Maria Toennessen - Pink marker (The Norwegian likes pink and uses it to mark her ball)

Katy Harris - Range Finder (No explanation needed)

Martina Flori - Her secret lucky charm (We have no idea what it is since it's a secret but it's ALWAYS in her bag)

And the best answer of the day came from rookie, Pi Hermansson and it's in the form of a quote

Pi - "I have a grocery store on the right side of the my bag and a pharmacy on the left side" 

Pi With A Good Outing In First SEC Championship

For the sixth straight year, Ole Miss has had a "rookie" in the starting five at the SEC Championship as Pi-Lillebi Hermansson played No. 2 for the Rebels today.  The Djursholm, Sweden native fired an opening round 3-over par 75 in her first round at Greystone Country Club. Her 75 ties senior Maria Toennessen for the second-lowest first round in the SEC Championship for an Ole Miss freshman in the last six seasons.

New Format For 2017

For the 2017 SEC Championships the Rebels played in twosomes instead of threesomes. The SEC coaches decided that this would increase the pace of play on the course. The Rebels teed off at 8 am and played with LSU on the opening day of play. Additionally, everyone teed off from hole No. 1 instead of a combination of hole No. 1 and No. 10 and will do so for the entirety of the championship.

Day One Outfit

To kick off the first day of tournament action, Ole Miss donned gray skirts and red razorback tanks with the Ole Miss script on the front. 

PSA - If you are planning to come out to Greystone to cheer the Rebels on make sure you bring bug spray! The mosquitoes are swarming something FIERCE and they will definitely be all over our sweet Rebel fans! #HottyToddy

NFL Releases Official Pro Day Numbers

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The NFL released some of the official numbers from Ole Miss' Pro Day last week. We knew Ole Miss players impressed last week, but now the numbers are official. 


Quincy Adeboyejo's improved vertical jump from the combine will only help him, as it shows he has the explosion and quick twitch that NFL teams look for. His Pro Day vertical was 37 inches. 


Fadol Brown shaved a little time off of his combine 40-yard dash at Pro Day, coming in at 4.88 seconds. That's moving for someone weighing 280+ pounds. His 4.48-second short shuttle also shows great quickness for someone his size.


Evan Engram didn't have much to prove at Pro Day, as he couldn't have had a better workout at the Combine. Still last week, he flashed his ball skills and did very well in positions workouts. Like Engram, D.J. Jones didn't have much to prove after a good Combine showing. Jones did add three reps to his bench press, increasing his total to 28 reps of 225.


Damore'ea Stringfellow probably had the most important workout of any Rebel at Pro Day. His 40-yard dash time of 4.60 shows he's fast enough, given his style of play. In general, his workout was very, very well-rounded with 17 bench reps and a 10-foot-10 broad jump. 


Carlos Davis definitely put himself on the NFL radar as well. He ran a 4.37 40 and logged a 36-inch vertical. He also showed off quickness with his a 4.26-second short shuttle and a 6.92-second three cone. 

Game 3: Ole Miss 8, Alabama 2

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Both teams put up 10 hits, but Ole Miss made much more from its contact to sweep Alabama with an 8-2 win in game three. In general, 20 runs scored, eight runs allowed, and three wins is a very nice weekend weekend in the SEC. Ole Miss is back on track with a .500 record in conference play. 


Player of the Game: Will Golsan. Ole Miss has needed an offensive spark, and Golsan provided that on Sunday. He went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. More importantly, his hits came when the Rebels really needed them. In the bottom of the seventh, his two-run home run pushed the Ole Miss lead out to 4-1. He followed that by putting an exclamation point on Ole Miss' three-run eighth with an RBI double.  


Key Moment: After adding three insurance runs in the seventh inning for a 5-1 lead, Ole Miss turned to Dallas Woolfolk. Woolfolk is normally an automatic three outs, but he ran into some issues today. With one run already in, Alabama had the bases loaded and just one out in a 5-2 game. It was a huge opportunity for the Tide to get right back in the game, but Woolfolk wasn't having any of it. A fly out where the runner couldn't tag up resulted in the second out of the inning. Woolfolk escaped the jam with a full count strikeout to keep the three-run lead intact. In the bottom of the inning, Ole Miss ended things for good by adding three more runs. 


Number of the Game: A theme of the weekend was Alabama would get guys on base but be unable to get the hit to move them around. Alabama hit .152 (7-for-46) with runners on base in the series. 

Game 2: Ole Miss 5, Alabama 4

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C87WJr-W0AE39xz.jpgOle Miss didn't play its cleanest game, but sometimes wins like on Saturday are the most important. They battled back from a three run deficit and won a game despite committing four errors. The pitching staff found a way to strand runners on base and keep Alabama from breaking the game open. Alabama never managed more than one run in any frame because of the way the staff stemmed the bleeding when Alabama had chances. Obviously, that led to Tate Blackman coming to bat in a tie game in the ninth inning and launching one into the seats for the series win. 


Player of the Game: Will Stokes. After back-to-back singles to open the seventh inning, Alabama looked primed to take back the lead after Ole Miss had tied it up in the bottom half of the sixth. Mike Bianco turned to Stokes to navigate out of the jam. A sacrifice bunt followed by an intentional walk loaded the bases up for the Crimson Tide with one out. Ole Miss really couldn't afford to give the lead immediately back to Alabama, and Stokes delivered in a big way. He struck out the next two Tide batters and the game stayed deadlocked. After some struggles this year, getting out of that jam in the dominant fashion that he did has to be good for confidence moving forward. He gave way to Dallas Woolfolk after allowing a hit with an out in the eighth, but his escape in the seventh was a game changer.  


Number of the Game: .125. Alabama had no shortage of chances to break the game open, but that never happened. In 16 plate appearances with a runner on base, Alabama managed just two hits for a .125 average. That includes a 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Through the first two games of the series, Alabama is hitting .115 (3-for-26) with runners on base. 


Quotable: "The inning before he started me off with a slider in," Tate Blackman said. "I was looking for something middle-in. I picked a zone. He brought one in. That was the zone I was looking for. I stuck to my plan and went after it."

New Offensive Coordinator, Same #WRU

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By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics


Head coach Hugh Freeze has branded Ole Miss as Wide Receiver University since arriving to Oxford. Despite the new faces and system installed, It appears that tradition will continue into 2017. 


The receivers shined on perfect spring day at the 2017 Grove Bowl at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium as the offense edged the defense 31-29 Saturday. 


Led by A.J. Brown, Van Jefferson and D.K. Metcalf, the trio combined for 15 receptions, 357 yards and three touchdowns. The most improved offensive player of the spring, senior Marquell Pack, flashed his speed and hands, making a diving catch for an explosive play. Freeze was proud of the performance of his receiving core but expects more out of his defense.


"You want to high-five your receivers and say 'Man, great job.'," said Freeze. "But we can't give up explosive plays. So it's very difficult for a coach to leave a scrimmage every felling really good."


The outing did not come easy for the talented group. Offensive coordinator Jeff Longo's new system took some getting used to, but the receivers showed they are buying in to the process.  


"In those first seven or eight practices, you see a ball land, and the receivers aren't on the same page," said Freeze. "But there's a partnership there. (Longo) has great confidence that they're going to make plays in those 50-50 balls. He's going to put them there. It just takes reps. They have to have a ton of reps together this offseason to make sure they're on the same page."


Quarterback Shea Patterson looked comfortable delivering the ball, completing 70 percent of his passes for 341 yards and a pair of touchdowns despite the limited play calling.


"He's settled in and everybody knows that," said Freeze. "He gives them a confidence. It's taking him a little while too, because everything is new. All the verbiage, the type of drops you have to take, the checks in the run game, you have to learn all that. Today the call list was small, and he had a good understanding of it. I thought he was really efficient, and that gives people around him confidence."


With Jason Pellerin's move to tight end, Jordan Ta'amu fills in as the second-string quarterback this spring. The transfer from New Mexico Military Institute was able to get it going, scoring a touchdown through the air and the grown for the offensive unit. Ta'amu's 74-yard heave to Jefferson cut the lead to five, and a 1-yard sneak into the end zone gave the offense the lead. 


Although it was business as usual for his offensive unit, Freeze looks forward to the challenge of learning a new system for the first time.


"The challenge is I have to learn all of the new terminology so that I can be involved. That's been a challenge because I've used my terminology since high school, but we needed it. It was time for us to have a change in signals and terminology, so that has been good for me too."


WRU and the Rebels kickoff the football season at home September 2 against South Alabama. 

Game 1: Ole Miss 7, Alabama 2

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Tonight, everything clicked for Ole Miss. The bats provided plenty of runs while the pitching staff, led by the strong start of James McArthur, was dominant to give Ole Miss the strong game one win against Alabama. The most encouraging sign was at the plate, five different Rebels drove in a run. That shows there was timely hitting up and down the order. 


Player of the Game: James McArthur. In the top of the first, it didn't looked like McArthur was on top of his game. Alabama's run was gifted by way of a walk, back-to-back wild pitches, and a ground out. After walking two in the first, he found his groove. McArthur from that point forward baffled the Crimson Tide batters. He struck out seven in his seven innings while allowing only two hits. In his final five innings of work, Alabama managed just one baserunner. 


Key Moment:  Alabama struck first by getting a run across before McArthur had settled in, but Ole Miss took control of the game for good in the fourth inning. Ole Miss broke out the extra-base hits in the inning by racking up three doubles. Will Golsan led off the inning with a single and was followed by RBI doubles from Colby Bortles and Ryan Olenek that gave Ole Miss a 2-1 lead. After back-to-back outs, Thomas Dillard gave the Rebels some more cushion with an RBI double and a 3-0 changeup. Two wild pitches later, Dillard was score. Ole Miss would add on from there, but the four runs in the fourth was enough on its own. 


Number of the Game: 1. When Alabama managed to get a player on base, Ole Miss gave the Tide next to nothing. Alabama recorded only one hit (1-for-10) when a runner was aboard, and that single hit came in the ninth inning when the game was already decided. 


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Ole Miss Pro Day Participants

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At Ole Miss' Pro Day on Monday, April 3, 23 Rebels will take part with the intention of catching the eye of an NFL team. 


The Rebel quartet of Evan Engram, Quincy Adeboyejo, Fadol Brown, and D.J. Jones that impressed at the NFL Combine will have another try to better their numbers from a month ago. Engram, in particular, performed as well as anyone at the Combine and has even started to garner some first round buzz in mock drafts. 


Players that had stellar Rebel careers that will be at Ole Miss' Pro Day but didn't get a chance to make an impression at the Combine include Chad Kelly, Antonio Conner, Issac Gross, and Damore'ea Stringfellow. Kelly, who is still on the mend from an ACL injury suffered in the late stages of the season, will throw. 


The event is closed to the public, but fans are encouraged to follow along on twitter (@OleMissFB) beginning at 10 a.m. 


Full list:

Quincy Adeboyejo

Justin Bell 

Tony Bridges

Fadol Brown

Quintavius Burdette

Terry Caldwell

Antonio Conner

Carlos Davis

Evan Engram

Will Few

Issac Gross

D.J. Jones

Derrick Jones

Akeem Judd

Chad Kelly

Jeremy Liggins

Rommel Mageo

Collins Moore

Kailo Moore

Damore'ea Stringfellow

Temario Strong

Hunter Thurley

John Youngblood

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The 2017 Regions Bank Grove Bowl will kick at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 on SEC Network. On the call will be the talented commentating team of play-by-play man Joe Tessitore, color commentator Greg McElroy, and sideline reporter Laura Rutledge. 


April 8 will be a full day in Oxford. The annual Chucky Mullins breakfast will be held prior to the Grove Bowl kickoff while Rebel baseball faces Alabama at 4 p.m.


This spring, ESPN and SEC Network are giving the SEC's spring games an unprecedented amount of coverage. For the second consecutive year, every Spring Football Game played in the Southeastern Conference will be nationally televised by an ESPN network. 

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    How can you have five straight top 25 recruiting classes and look as bad as Ole Miss has this year. Easy lack of coaching fundamentals. Look at Mason at Vandy, nothing but 2 and 3 star recruits out of high school and he developers players that want to win. Hugh freeze has 3, 4 & 5 recruits and he expects them to win because of what they were in High School. Mr. Freeze you have not been teaching the fundamentals of football or winning in life. Mr. Freeze you have quit on your players because you have some false expectations of what they are instead of what you can develop in them. Either do your job or quit. Oh yea, please quit running your smoke and mirrors offense, everyone has figured it out. Run a physical offense that can open up holes for your running backs and then your pass attack want require 12 are 14 four and five star receivers. Mr. Freeze you have problems and you need to know that you are not smarter than the rest of the coaches in the SEC.

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