I moved on to the Ole Miss beat for the football season of 2002, Eli’s junior year. As camp begins later this week, I’ll be reaching into the files in the coming days with camp coverage from years gone by.
Here’s a Daily Journal report that features some well-known Northeast Mississippi players, Corinth’s Bryan Brown, Shannon’s Travis Johnson and Ripley’s Vashon Pearson.
Bryan Brown continues to work with the first unit defense at cornerback, a path cleared somewhat by indiscretion and injury.
Sophomore Travis Johnson was penciled in to start at left corner for the second straight season, but Johnson is expected to miss at least the first two games, a suspension levied by Ole Miss for his role in a long-distance access code problem.
School officials imposed the suspension and are still waiting to see if it will be accepted by the NCAA, which could lengthen the suspension if it sees fit.
In addition to Johnson, the Rebels are currently without senior Marcus Woodson, who continues to be limited from off-season knee surgery.
The door is open for Brown at left corner, but his ability has a lot to do with that as well.
Here’s more from the same story …
No single tailback distanced himself from the pack as the Rebels seek to improve their running game. Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe said he wanted to see the film before commenting on individuals.
Vashon Pearson led the backs with 76 yards on 13 carries including a 43-yard run. Ronald McClendon carried five times for 31 yards.
Freshman Alan Abrams gained 41 yards on 10 carries with many of his attempts coming against the second team defense.