Preseason Report 08.18:Backs Shine In Scrimmage

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM I'Tavius Mathers (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
I'Tavius Mathers (photo by Joshua McCoy)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 18, 2012

Photo Gallery

Written by: Hannah Whitten, Media Relations Student Intern

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss football team held its second preseason scrimmage Saturday morning in front of about 4,000 fans at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The running backs continued to impress Head Coach Hugh Freeze Saturday morning.

"We weren't bad. I'd like to watch the film. To finish up what we've put them through for two straight weeks it was pretty sound," said Freeze. "We had some good lanes for quarterback runs. I continue to be impressed with the running backs."

Highlighted by freshman running back I'Tavius Mathers' three-touchdown performance, Freeze was pleased with the play of his young backs Saturday morning.

"I'm crazy about our two young backs," said Freeze. "Jaylen (Walton) and I'Tavius are phenomenal competitors. They have not missed a snap of fall camp. They have been beat on and hit and they bounce back up after every one."

Mathers' scored on runs of 58, eight and two yards. His two-yard touchdown run was set up by a 25-yard rush by running back Randall Mackey. Walton added a 20-yard run of his own during the scrimmage.

Bo Wallace scored on a touchdown run of about 12 yards after being set up by completions from Jordan Holder, Justin Bigham, Nicholas Parker and Cody Core. Nathan Noble made the extra point to end the drive.

"I thought the quarterbacks played ok," Freeze said. "There were a couple of things I was not happy with, but they were a little more consistent today."

Quarterback Barry Brunetti completed passes to receiver Donte Moncrief and receiver Ja'Mes Logan to set up at 41-yard field goal by Bryson Rose. Wallace found Moncrief on a 20-yard pass that resulted in a touchdown.

Brunetti connected with Moncrief on a 5-yard pass that resulted in a touchdown.

"Moncrief had a beautiful catch in the red zone which was big for us," Freeze said.

Quarterback Maikhail Miller completed a touchdown pass to Jeremy Reed.

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Ralph Williams recorded a sack on Brunetti while Cody Prewitt intercepted a Wallace pass to return it 100 yards for a touchdown.

A crowd of about 5,000 turned out for Ole Miss' annual Meet the Rebels day after the scrimmage in the Indoor Practice Facility. Fans got a chance to meet the football, soccer and volleyball teams and get autographs and pictures.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss, MSU Renew Rivalry on Hardwood

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss meets Mississippi State on the hardwood the for 250th time Wednesday, which makes it the most-played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference.  Like the rivalry in football, where the road team last won in 2010, the home team has... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 20-26, 2015)

      Monday, January 26, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 20-26, 2015Men's Basketball - Senior guard Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 26.6 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida Saturday. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 25

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Athletics

      Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more

    • Prewitt Caps Impressive Week at Senior Bowl

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Football

      Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more

    • VIDEO: Home is Ole Miss

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss Football: Home is Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Baseball Omaha Challenge

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Baseball

      The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Challenge 2014 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rivalry Game with NCAA Tournament Implications

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Women's Basketball

      Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more

    • Prewitt, Golson Impress at Senior Bowl Practices

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Football

       Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 13-19, 2015)

      Monday, January 19, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 13-19, 2015Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 18

      Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more

    • Key Stretch Starts with Tough Test in LSU

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more

    • Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 Rankings

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 6-12, 2015)

      Monday, January 12, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 6-12, 2015Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 11

      Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more

    • Rebels to Open SEC Play ' in Grand Fashion'

      Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more