Monday Morning Update

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. 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.”

Elsewhere …

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.’s Mike Herndon wrote about a “matured” Bo Wallace and Hugh Freeze’s hope that his quarterback can cut down on mistakes. …

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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  • JB

    Southeast Missouri State next Mississippi opponent – REMEMBER Jacksonville State!!!

    • keith

      I remember……. horrible day. ON – 63 SEMO – 10

  • Cid Riley

    Penny! Age is for your driver’s license…I am old school if you’re referring to age. But I love music, Widespread, Imagine Dragons, Screaming Trees and the like. Was listening to sex pistols, Clash and the Ramones when I was younger. A lesson for all of you. Age is just a number, don’t make it who are.

    • Penny Oakley

      I could care less what you listen to. And I’m sure its likewise for everyone else. Back to the original post. Think about what you said, if it’s pass, pass..puff then it certainly homegrown because no one wants to hit it. You boast such vast knowledge, and that may be true, but you loose credibility this issue.

      • keith

        He is just play in. That’s what rivals do.

  • Cid Riley

    JB! I remember Jax St. !!!!
    That was the final nail in Nutt’s coffin. I remember exactly where I was, when news spread about the Cocks upsetting the Rebelbears. I had just returned from a trip to….

    • keith

      Noticed you are a panic fan. Make many shows?? Before I had to be an adult (lol), I made a few tours. Also, what years were you at Northwestern? Noticed in another post that you went there. My wife is from up that way and actually has a nephew playing for them.

      • Cid Riley

        I was there from 1993-96. It was a great time. I just saw Panic in Tuscaloosa..awe inspiring !!!

        • keith

          Cool…. I thought they were in Tuscaloosa in October? Anyways, they are great for sure.

  • Cid Riley

    Penny…it’s quite obvious that you don’t partake, for if you did you wouldn’t be fussin and nit pickin. What a buzz kill you are.

    • Penny Oakley

      The truth hurts, doesn’t it? Then again, that’s probably one the few things you don’t have a clue about. This is a football blog, please get back on that subject. Just wanted to set you straight on the ‘puff’ matter. Silence is golden!

  • Cid Riley

    Keith, that area of Chicago is really cool. So many sidewalk caf├ęs and THE best pizza can be found on every corner. Ditka’s was a great hangout, love the pork chops and the pork roast nachos. The campus just kinda melts into the cityscape..awesome!

  • Cid Riley

    Well thanks Penny, you certainly did..hope you feel better now.

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