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. 


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


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. 

Honoring Former Ole Miss Track Coach Joe Walker

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Walker,Joe_040911_JB.jpgFour Olympians and a number of other elite college and professional athletes will be competing on the Ole Miss campus at this weekend's Joe Walker Invitational track & field meet.

How fitting that it's named for the former Rebel coach who mentored a number of athletes to Olympic status during his 30-year career in Oxford.

Walker, who serves as an assistant coach for jumpers at Louisville since his retirement from Ole Miss, is universally known for his warm and caring personality in addition to his penchant for training world-class jumpers and hurdlers.

Having developed such talents as Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion Brittney Reese, Olympian and NCAA champion Savante' Stringfellow, Olympian Ricky Robertson, NCAA champion Antwon Hicks and many others, Walker is world-renowned for his coaching abilities. The Mississippi native also maintains a humble attitude about it all.

"The coaching staff at Ole Miss reached out to me about the name for this meet," Walker said. "I just felt real humbled and honored that they would think to do that."

In 30 seasons at the helm of the Ole Miss program, Walker led the Rebels to 11 top-20 national finishes, 124 All-America honors, 12 NCAA individual champions and 60 SEC individual titles. But it wasn't always easy.

"When I started at Ole Miss we didn't have a track of any sort," Walker recalls. "Then we had a decent one but not great. Then we went two-and-a-half years with no track again while they built the indoor practice facility."

The current Ole Miss Track & Field Complex was completed in 2003 and hosted the 2004 Southeastern Conference Championships. Walker has fond memories of the time he spent at the facility.

"I always felt like the layout and closeness of everything was good. The coaches' offices are right there, all in one place. Across the street is the training room and weight room. The layout is conducive to watching and coaching. Once we got that I thought I was in paradise.

"Folks that have come to that track have seen some world-class athletes, that's for sure."

Though he no longer coaches at Ole Miss, the 2016 M-Club Alumni Hall of Fame honoree finds plenty of time to follow the program and its success under second-year head coach Connie Price-Smith and her staff.

"I'm so excited," Walker said. "They are doing a phenomenal job. They're got Ole Miss just rocking and rolling. I'm so proud for them and Ole Miss. I'm glad to have been a part of it, and now I'm an active fan."

In the five years since he's been at Louisville, Walker has enjoyed the time he gets to spend with his children and grandchildren, as well as continuing to coach collegiate jumpers.

"Basically all my family's up in this area. My youngest son is in Dayton, Ohio, and the other two sons are right here in Louisville. The grandkids are growing up so fast, I can't believe it. It's been a good situation for us, really positive."

Game 3: Ole Miss 10, Vanderbilt 8

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Ole Miss had been struggled at the plate lately. On a day where the pitching wasn't as dominant as it's been for nearly all of this season, the bats came to life to put up eight runs over the final four frames and take the series with a 10-8 win against Vanderbilt. When the Rebels fell behind 5-2, and then 6-3, it felt like a lead that would be too much to overcome. Ole Miss would cut into the lead, but then Vandy would add back to the lead. After allowing Vandy to answer in the sixth and seventh inning with runs of their own, Ole Miss finally put up a zero in the top half of the eight. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Ole Miss put up the runs that would complete the comeback.

Player of the Game: Colby Bortles. Bortles has been making good swing after good swing, but the hits haven't been falling in. It seemed like he was consistently hitting the ball hard, but right at fielders. Well, if you hit it over the wall, they can't catch it. He was 2-for-3 on the day with two RBIs, but his no-doubt solo home run tied the game up for Ole Miss in the eighth and set the table for the three-run Ole Miss inning that secured the victory.

Key Moment:  Obviously after the Bortles home run, there was still work to do. The game was only tied. Might as well win it at that point. Will Golsan drew a full-count walk to reach, but Ole Miss needed to move him around the bases. The very last position player to come off the bench in the game, Chase Cockrell, gave the hit that would do just that. A hot shot into the right field corner on a 2-1 pitch gave Ole Miss the lead as Golsan went from first to home to score. From there, Nick Fortes gave Dallas Woolfolk an extra run to play with by driving in Cockrell with a single. Woolfolk sat Vandy down in order in the ninth for the win.

Number of the Game: 15. Ole Miss dressed 15 position players for Sunday's game. All 15 entered the four hour marathon of a rubber match. In total, 20 players entered the game for the Rebels on Sunday. It took nearly the entire team to get the series-clinching win.

Game 1: Ole Miss 1, Vanderbilt 0

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Ole Miss pitches and pitches. The Rebels have put together five-straight shutouts, and this time Vanderbilt fell victim to the Rebel staff. Ole Miss allowed just three hits, and Tim Rowe came through in a big way in the sixth inning to give Ole Miss the 1-0 victory. 

Player of the Game: David Parkinson. He didn't have his best stuff tonight, but he battled through six innings of scoreless baseball. The leadoff man reached in four of his five innings, but the junior showed why he's the Friday night starter for Ole Miss. He found his way out of jams, none bigger in the third inning. Vanderbilt loaded them up with no outs, but Parkinson got the first out via batter's interference. He got the next batter to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to keep the game tied at 0 in a big momentum-shifting escape. 

Key Moment:  The first two batters of the sixth were retired for Ole Miss, and it seemed like Kyle Wright might have an easy inning. An opportunity was presented after Bortles and Dillard both reached with two outs. Mike Bianco went to the bench for Tim Rowe to pinch hit and break the 0-0 deadlock. With a 1-1 count, he did just that. He sent a ball on a line into left field to score Bortles and drive in the only run of the contest.

Number of the Game: 1-for-13. Vanderbilt had baserunners for most of the game. The leadoff man reached in four of the nine innings, so there were opportunities. However, Ole Miss' pitching was fantastic when a Commodore reached base. Vanderbilt managed just one hit with a runner on, going 1-for-13. That 1-for-13 includes a hitless 0-for-6 with a RISP.

Vote Ole Miss as South's Best Tailgate

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Anyone that visits Ole Miss on a Saturday in the fall knows that the game day experience is unlike anywhere else. The Grove, while tailgating under those trees, is distinctly Ole Miss in the best way possible. 

Ole Miss has been named atop of the list of the South's Best Tailgates by Southern Living, tied with Alabama. To break the tie, Southern Living is holding a fan-vote to determine the best tailgate in all of the south.

Obviously, all Ole Miss fans know without a shadow of a doubt that the best tailgate experience is at Ole Miss and The Grove. To let Southern Living know that too, fans can vote here. The poll closes at midnight, Tuesday March 21. 

To create the first ever South's Best list, Southern Living surveyed more than 22,000 readers on the best-loved places in 13 categories: bars, breweries, cities, hotels, inns, islands, museums, resorts, restaurants, shops, small towns, tailgates, and barbecue joints. 

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