Tuesday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Tuesday morning …

My former Daily Journal co-worker is Gregg Ellis is rounding up Mississippi State athletes for interviews these days. He’s been doing that for the last, oh, five to seven years I reckon.

Anyway, Gregg had this to say about MSU freshman defensive end Chris Jones on Monday:

Jones and Ole Miss freshman Robert Nkemdiche — who on Monday was named the SEC’s defensive lineman of the week — will be forever linked by the drama that encircled Jones’ recruitment last February. Nkemdiche, if not committed, was believed to be headed to Ole Miss. Jones, depending on who you talk to, was pretty close himself.

Nkemdiche has 23 tackles, seven tackles for loss, a sack and two pressures.

Jones has played almost three more games than Nkemdiche, who was injured early in the Texas A&M game and did not return until the Arkansas game.

Jones has 24 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and eight pressures.

Both players arrived at their schools at end but are now playing tackle. Rivals ranked Nkemdiche as the nation’s No. 1 defensive end and No. 1 overall player last year. It ranked Jones the No. 2 defensive end and No. 20 player.

We don’t know how Nkemdiche will handle the media, because freshmen are off limits at Ole Miss. He seems to have handled the media end of recruiting fine.

Nkemdiche and Jones will face off head-to-head for the first time next week, Thanksgiving night in Starkville. …

Good stuff here from CoachingSearch.com which lists its top candidates for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. Both Missouri coordinators make the list.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mizzou senior James Franklin has been 100 percent cleared and will start at quarterback against Ole Miss. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who went 3-1 as a starter and helped keep the Tigers on track for a possible berth in the SEC championship game, will continue to play. …

It’s fun being Nick Marshall since Saturday evening. This from the Auburn quarterback’s Twitter page:

The key Georgia players in what might be the biggest pass play in Auburn history have not commented on the play, but Bulldogs defensive back Damian Swann tried to make sense of it Monday. Apparently, Georgia players were expected Marshall to just try and convert a first down on fourth-and-a long, long way and not throw it all the way down the field. Or at least as far as he could throw it. Had Marshall thrown a better pass it might have been dropped or off the mark. Instead, his ball that was under thrown was tipped up instead of knocked down. …

LSU gets Johnny Football in Baton Rouge this week — The Aggies close at Missouri next week — and LSU players are confident they can hold up well if the game turns into a shootout as so many of A&M’s tend to do. …

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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