HED:Motor City Bowl notebook

CATEGORY: FOC College Football

AUTHOR: TODD

HED:Motor City Bowl notebook

PONTIAC, Mich. Joey Embry is ready to hand off the video camera.

Embry, an Ole Miss offensive tackle from Bruce, has missed all of 1997 after back surgery in July to repair a ruptured disk. This week Embry has been carrying a camera recording different Ford Motor City Bowl moments, while he watches.

“It has been tough not playing, but I have gone to all the practices and games,” said Embry, a former two-time Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal All-Area team member. “I feel better and will be ready to go.”

Embry was listed as the No. 1 right tackle when spring drills ended before the surgery. Initial Embry, a sophomore, thought he could get a medical redshirt to get another year of eligibility. However, Embry, who was redshirted in 1995, says that doesn’t appear likely now. So he will have two years of eligibility left.

Sweet memories: Few Rebel fans will ever forget wide receiver Cory Peterson’s game-winning two-point conversion catch to beat Mississippi State 15-14. Neither will Peterson. Some Rebel fans have called the play “The Conversion.”

“I think about it all the time,” Peterson said after the Rebels practice Wednesday. “I think about what might have happened if I didn’t make that catch. We wouldn’t be here.”

Peterson also had a two-point conversion catch against Tennessee this season.

Worth seeing: The Henry Ford Museum was so good Tommy Tuberville canceled plans for the team to visit Canada, so they could see it.

Tuberville visited the museum in Detroit on Tuesday and decided to take the whole team Wednesday.

“It has everything from the car Kennedy was shot in to a real train,” the Ole Miss coach said. “This is something everyone should see.”

Rebel Ramblings: Offensive guard Terrence Metcalf, who was named to the SEC All-Freshman team, is the lone true freshman to start all 12 games for Tuberville. … Ole Miss H-back Robert Reed told athletic director Pete Boone at Thursday’s practice he could throw the ball 65 yards in the air. And he did. … Ole Miss is scheduled to open 1998 on Sept. 5 in Oxford against Memphis.

– compiled by Todd Vinyard