GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Ole Miss vs. UCA

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Charles Sawyer
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Charles Sawyer
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 1, 2012

Gameday Central | Scouting Report | Gametracker

TV: PPV | Ole Miss Radio Network (Sirius 128)
 
OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels will begin their 2012 season against the Central Arkansas Bears today at 6 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
 
The game marks the beginning of the Hugh Freeze era in Oxford since he took the helm of the program in December. Freeze is the 37th head coach in program history.
 
Rebel fans are being asked to "white out" Central Arkansas with their white Ole Miss attire.
 
The Rebels return 17 starters from last year's team, including leading receiver Donte Moncrief, leading rusher Jeff Scott, last year's leading tackler Mike Marry and safety Charles Sawyer.
 
Joining Freeze in his first game as a Rebel will be quarterback Bo Wallace, who was named the starter on Thursday. Freeze also mentioned the probability of junior Barry Brunetti taking snaps as well.
 
"It was solely based upon the competitive situation," Freeze said. "(Wallace) graded out a little higher, but that doesn't mean that he's going to play any better than Barry Saturday, and vice versa."
 
Freshmen could have an impact on the game, as well, as many are expected to play including defensive tackle Issac Gross and running backs I'Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton.
 
Along with new faces on the team, some players will be seeing the field from different positions, including E.J. Epperson, who moved from tight end to defensive end, and Randall Mackey.  Mackey, last year's leading passer, has moved from quarterback to running back this off-season where he is expected to see significant playing time. After a good offseason camp, Freeze spoke highly of him during the transition.
 
"When I got here I said he could be an excellent player if he got his act together, off the field primarily," Freeze said of Mackey. "He seems to have done that to this point. I'm very cautiously optimistic that that will continue. He's one of my favorite kids on the team. I can't wait for him because I feel like he feels he has something to prove. I look forward to seeing him in action."
 
Central Arkansas, coached by Clint Conque, is the first of three straight home games to start the 2012 Ole Miss season and four straight non-conference foes.
 
Ole Miss is 86-26-5 all-time in season openers and 52-14 in its last 66 games against non-conference opponents.
 

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