Laboring on Labor Day and spanning the globe on a Monday morning. …
It was quite an opening weekend with the Rebels’ dramatic 39-35 win over Vanderbilt ranking high among the highlights. More on that in a bit.
I thought reviews for the first game for South Carolina end Jadeveon Clowney were interesting.
Clowney’s considered a Heisman candidate and it was suggest by Fox Sports that he needs more Youtube moments to keep that campaign on track. He had no sacks, no tackles for loss in South Carolina’s big win over the other Carolina.
I’ve heard Ole Miss freshman Robert Nkemdiche compared to Clowney numerous times this summer. Nkemdiche had similar production against Vandebilt — two tackles, one for loss, no sacks. He was in the backfield several times but was not credited with a pressure. He will be forever remembered for an 11-yard run on a fake punt. Remember, it was his first college game.
I heard people wondering if Nkedmdiche will be “all that.” I believe he will be. …
The Rebels’ win over Vanderbilt was called a “classic” by several national outlets and got very good reviews across the board.
It’s not that Ole Miss didn’t have problems or issues to correct. Be sure, they’re there, and we’ve covered them.
But coming out on top in a game like that makes all the difference in tone of coverage.
SI.com called Ole Miss a program on the rise.
NBC wrote of the Rebels’ rallies and suggested that neither Ole Miss nor Vanderbilt will be easy outs in 2013.
USA Today said the finish “defied belief.”
This week’s Ole Miss opponent, Southeast Missouri State, lost 45-7 at Southeastern Louisiana in its season opener. (I know first-hand it can be tough to win at Strawberry Stadium.) The Redhawks had 11 players making their first start, five of those playing in their first college game.
This is not only an FCS team, it’s a young FCS team.
Still Elsewhere …
Former Ole Miss outfielder Tanner Mathis was named team MVP for the Greenville Astros. LINK
This from last week prior to the Vanderbilt game. AL.com’s Mike Herndon wrote about a “matured” Bo Wallace and Hugh Freeze’s hope that his quarterback can cut down on mistakes. …