BY PARRISH ALFORD
OXFORD – While Ole Miss left the Auburn game relatively healthy, the Rebels did take a major hit on the defensive front.
Left side end Jayme Mitchell suffered a cracked bone in his foot and will be out indefinitely, head coach David Cutcliffe said. Mitchell is wearing a protective boot on the foot, but no surgery is planned at this time.
The junior from Jackson missed the entire second half of the Rebels' 35-14 loss to No. 3 Auburn. He has 23 tackles, five for tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and two pass break-ups this season.
Mitchell had a season-high five tackles and a tackle for loss Oct. 16 against Tennessee.
New SEC rule
Effective Dec. 1, the SEC is cracking down on fans rushing the field or court in all sports.
“In all sports, access to the competition area shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times,” writes the SEC in a memo to schools. “For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.”
Failure to comply carries a pricetag. First offense an institutional fine of $5,000, second offense a fine of up to $25,000, third or subsequent offense a fine of up to $50,000.
The penalties apply to the sports of football, men's basketball and women's basketball. Fines are levied at the discretion of the commissioner.
Wide receivers involved
Ole Miss was able to hit some shots against the Auburn secondary with quarterback Ethan Flatt, and two wide receivers found the end zone for the first time this year. Until Saturday's game, Bill Flowers' 29-yard touchdown catch for the win at South Carolina was the only touchdown by a wide receiver this season.
Flowers had a career-long 64-yard touchdown reception against Auburn, and Decatur, Ala., native Taye Biddle scored on a 25-yard pass.
“It's good to be able to be more involved in the offense. It's a relief. It's more fun for us,” Flowers said.
Flatt has thrown all six of the Rebels' touchdown passes and seven of their eight interceptions. Four of his interceptions came in the Wyoming game.
Offensive tackle Tre Stallings (ankle) is expected to work this week and be ready for Arkansas.
Backup defensive tackle Andrew Wicker, who did not play against Auburn, had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday and is out indefinitely.
TV for Arkansas
The Rebels' next game is Nov. 13 at Arkansas, and the game will have an 11:30 a.m. kickoff for Jefferson-Pilot television.
After allowing only four sacks in the first six games, the Rebels have allowed 11 in the last two. … Ole Miss' 104 penalty yards were its most since getting 114 against Tulane in 2000. … The Rebels have to win their last three games – at Arkansas, at LSU and at home against Mississippi State – to avoid their first losing season since 1996. … Six opposing running backs have gained 100 yards against the Rebels, who rank eighth in the SEC in rushing defense 163 yards a game allowed.