Ole Miss Closes Spring with Regions Bank Grove Bowl

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM I'Tavius Mathers had four carries for 121 yards, including a 96-yard run.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
I'Tavius Mathers had four carries for 121 yards, including a 96-yard run.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

April 5, 2014

Photo Gallery | Final Stats | Quotes | Spring Awards | Finished In-Game Live Blog | Finished Storify Feed | BLOG: Mathers Stands Out Among Crowded Backfield

OXFORD, Miss. - On a beautiful, sunny Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Ole Miss football team treated Rebel Nation to a competitive afternoon with the 2014 Regions Bank Grove Bowl. In a modified scoring system featuring four different sessions, the offense defeated the defense by a score of 15-12.

The competition and effort displayed throughout the day was exactly what Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze was looking for and has seen throughout the spring - a spring he said he was thrilled about it.

"I've obviously coached a lot of spring practices, and I can't remember one being better in the area of effort," Freeze said. "There are obviously a lot of things we can clean up, but I certainly believe that we got the most effort out of the young men that we put on the practice field for 15 days. It was extremely physical and extremely competitive for 12 of the days. I'm really pleased with the effort. That competitive nature will go a long way in taking whatever the next step is in our program. There are several reasons for that. One, we've obviously added depth through recruiting. Two, (head strength and conditioning coach) Paul Jackson and his staff have done a really nice job in developing our young men, and we've been with basically the same staff going into year three with a lot of the same kids. It pays great dividends. I'm really pleased with the effort and attitude."

Rising junior running back I'Tavius Mathers had the highlight of the day with an impressive 96-yard run. Rising sophomore defensive back Kailo Moore hustled back and caught Mathers to prevent him from scoring a touchdown on the play. Mathers finished the day with four carries for 121 yards.

"I'Tavius Mathers is just special," Freeze said. "We've got some good backs. Today he made a phenomenal run. Yesterday he made a run where he made two guys miss in space. That guy has improved."

Rising senior quarterback Bo Wallace led the Ole Miss offense, going 10-21 for 152 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers.

Battling for the second-string job at quarterback, redshirt freshmen Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade each had strong moments Saturday. Buchanan went 6-10 for 100 yards, including a 45-yard completion to rising sophomore running back Mark Dodson. Kincade finished 5-8 for 57 yards and a touchdown, and also logged six carries for 38 yards.

"I look forward to watching film between Ryan and DeVante," Freeze said. "They both do different things. Ryan has some natural pocket presence that's hard to teach. He'll hang in there and knows where it's supposed to be. You saw Kincade do a lot of things with his feet. He's got a strong arm. I'm excited that we have that competition going on."

The rising sophomore class had a great day catching the football Saturday. Tight end Evan Engram had two catches for 77 yards, including a 68-yard reception, Dodson had two catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Laquon Treadwell had two catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, rising senior safety Cody Prewitt showed why he was a first team All-America selection last season, recording 10 tackles and forcing two fumbles, which were recovered by Serderius Bryant and Derrick Jones. Freshman defensive end Marquis Haynes had seven tackles and two sacks.

"You've got to be able to win some one-on-ones and you have to have some natural quick speed," Freeze said. "Marquis Haynes has that now. He reminds me of C.J. (Johnson) coming out of high school."

The 2014 Regions Bank Grove Bowl pitted the Rebels' offense against the defense with four different sessions with points available.

The first session was a best of nine third-down competition with one point available for the first string and one point available for the second string. The second session was called `coming out,' where the offense started its drives at its own 1-yard line. A drive of 20 yards or more was a point for the offense, and a drive of fewer than 20 yards resulted in a point for the defense. The third session had the offense start its drives at its own 30-yard line. It received a point for a drive of 30 or more yards or a field goal, and two points for a touchdown. The defense received a point for a drive of fewer than 30 yards or a turnover. The final session was a goal line session with the offense starting at the defense's 25-yard line. The offense got a point each time it scored a touchdown, and the defense got a point each time it prevented a touchdown.

The Regions Bank Grove Bowl concluded spring practice for the Rebels, who will open the 2014 season Aug. 28 against Boise State as a part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The game, which will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, will be televised by ESPN at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Wallace Looks to Make More History

      Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Football

      Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games.  Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more

    • Rebels Ink Nation's Top JUCO Quarterback

      Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Football

      Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 8-14, 2014)

      Monday, December 15, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more

    • Recapping Monday's Media Opportunities

      Monday, December 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Dec. 14

      Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Athletics

      With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Volleyball Season Highlight

      Friday, December 12, 2014 - Volleyball

      read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football 2014 Season Highlight

      Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss Football 2014 Season Highlight from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 1-7, 2014)

      Monday, December 8, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more

    • Testing One, Two, Three

      Monday, December 8, 2014 - Academics

      While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Dec. 7

      Sunday, December 7, 2014 - Athletics

      In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 13

      Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - Men's Basketball

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 13 - MSU (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rebels Finding a Rhythm after Trip to Florida

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -

      Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more

    • Bjork, Freeze Reach Agreement on New Contract

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Football

      Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (No. 24-30, 2014)

      Monday, December 1, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Nov. 24-30, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss won the annual "Egg Bowl" rivalry 31-17 over No. 4 Mississippi State in front of another sold-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.- The Rebels finish the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 30

      Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss collected a lot of hardware over the weekend, as the football team reclaimed the Egg Bowl trophy and the men's and women's basketball returned home with regular-season tournament championship. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week... read more