Friday Morning Update | Ole Miss Sports

Spanning the globe on a Friday morning. …

Jeff Scott is hurt, and Randall Mackey is the man at running back for the Rebels. Based on Mackey’s camp, he might have been the man anyway. Mackey, a Parade All-American out of Bastrop (La.) High School, has battled off-field issues, and now he has one last chance to do something big with his college career. He’s excited about an opportunity at running back. …

On opening night, South Carolina survived Vanderbilt with an ailing shoulder for quarterback Connor Shaw, but how much longer with the No. 9 Gamecocks survived if Shaw is less than full strenght. Marcus Lattimore, in his first game back from ACL surgery, rushed for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Vanderbilt yet again came close to an SEC win.

Vanderbilt might have done more than come close – whether the Commodores would have completed the deal we’ll never know – had it not gotten jobbed on a pass intereference no-call on fourth-and-7 as it was approaching mid-field. I don’t bust on the refs too often, but this one was way too obvious to miss on a potential game-winning drive with the clock running down. …

From Columbia, the Missouri one, Mizzou shows it’s ready for the SEC with a second back-up quarterback arrested, this one as the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana is just hours away. …

Outside the SEC, Mike Leach’s season-opening loss to BYU wasn’t nearly as close as Ole Miss’ season-opening loss to BYU to kick off 2011. I hung in with this game to see Washington State’s opening drive in the Leach offense, and it looked pretty good until the Cougars got into the red zone and threw an interception. They ended up losing 30-6.