Friday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Friday morning. …

We are headed east on 78 at the moment, getting an early start on travel day with hopes of visiting a Georgia state park later in the day. …

The Rebels are getting ready to face a top 10 team on the road and a quarterback, Georgia’s Aaron Murray, that is ranked No. 2 in the SEC in passing efficiency. In facing this challenge Ole Miss has a banged up secondary — already a young secondary — and signs point to the absence of starting cornerback Senquez Golson, who sustained a concussion against Arkansas.

Dehendret Collins was moved to corner and will take the place of Golson since Wesley Pendleton, the starter for the first half of the season, was also hurt against Arkansas.

Moving Collins to corner isn’t a terrible thing. Dave Wommack originally had Collins, a mid-year juco transfer, at corner in the spring. He’s athletic and has made some nice plays from the Husky position this spring, included a couple of interceptions.

But getting your first start at corner against Murray on the road will be a difficult assignment.

There’s another difficult assignment for right tackle, Pierce Burton, another mid-year juco signee, who will have the challenge of slowing down Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who leads the SEC with 1.42 sacks per game. Georgia coach Mark Richt calls Jones the best player in the country. …

Ole Miss will be playing Saturday just up the road from Robert Nkemdiche, the brother of Rebels linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, and the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Georgia coach Mark Richt spoke with Robert Nkemdiche this week. The five-star defensive lineman still considers himself a Clemson commit, but there are a number of schools, including Ole Miss, still pushing hard to sign him. …

Elsewhere in Athens, Georgia will continue to split time with its kickers, not for placements but for the kickoff, Richt says. More in this notebook. …

From Baton Rouge, LSU is still holding out hope to reach the BCS championship game. That would require not only an upset against No. 1 Alabama but help from USC. …

From Tuscaloosa, situational splits tell big stories for Alabama-LSU. …


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 John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Mantachie

    Espn has a artical with nkemdiche’s mom. She kind of downed clemson and said that She liked Alabama but also said she would love to have her son’s playing together. She also said she liked Freeze. who knows mabe mom can influence him to play with his brother. She says she will be at the game Saturday.

    • Parrish Alford

      I hear a lot of buzz for Ole Miss, but I wouldn’t count Alabama out of this … or Clemson.

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