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This week, the roundup will consist of articles on dominant offense, Treadwell, running backs, SEC extends contract in Atlanta and Ole Miss soccer.
Saturday Down South
Running up the score? No just dominance from Ole Miss
Ole Miss posted its highest point total in 80 years, managed nearly 700 total yards and Hugh Freeze was accused of running up the score on social media.
Mission accomplished for an offense breaking in a new quarterback in Saturday’s season opener.
QB Chad Kelly’s a great fit for Hugh Freeze: Confident in his debut, the JUCO transfer was strong in the pocket and showed touch through the air, finishing with 211 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also scored on a nifty 20-yard zone read keeper in the third quarter.
Robert Nkemdiche can do it all: The All-American defensive tackle’s 31-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Buchanan in the second quarter had scouts salivating. The potential Top 10 pick in 2016 showcased immense speed and athleticism for a player that’s 6-foot-4, 295 pounds. He added a blocked field goal, too.
The Rebel Walk
Ole Miss’ Treadwell is happy to be back, being patient with the process
Ole Miss junior wide receiver Laquon Treadwell didn’t care if he had the most receptions and receiving yards in week one of the 2015-16 college football season. He was just excited for the opportunity to play another game for the Rebels.
Treadwell was also happy about getting tackled and bouncing back up to play another down.
Though his offensive rhythm wasn’t quite where it was before the leg injury he suffered in his team’s 35-31 heartbreaking loss to Auburn last season, Treadwell was not at all bothered and knows the timing will come.
The Rebel Walk
Sharing carries not a problem for Ole Miss running backs
Though its ground game was a bit of a question mark during the offseason, one thing is certain: the Ole Miss running back unit is about as unselfish a group of young men as you will find in college football.
The Rebels used five different running backs in Saturday’s season-opening 76-3 home victory over UT-Martin and finished the game with 388 yards on 36 carries.
Running backs use team effort to combine for 338 yards
Senior running back Jaylen Walton scored the game’s initial two touchdowns; the first coming on a one-play, 60-yard drive and the other following a four-yard scamper into the end zone which gave the No. 15/17 Rebels an early 13-0 lead.
The Rebel Walk
Postgame Points: Ole Miss 76 UT Martin 3
I am back for another season of The Rebel Walk’s Postgame Points. Each Monday, I will offer several positive points for Ole Miss fans to take away from Saturday’s game. Whether the Rebels win or lose, I intend to show our readers the good things which happen in every game that the team can use to build upon for future success.
Point No.1: Rebel Rout
After an outstanding 2014 season that saw Ole Miss win 9 games and appear in a New Year’s Six bowl game, the Rebels enter 2015 with a deep, talented roster that is capable of competing for the SEC championship. On Saturday, the Rebels showed fans why they may be the SEC West representative in Atlanta in December during the 76-3 rout of Tennessee-Martin.
Championship to be held at new Mercedes-Benz Stadium through 2026
The Southeastern Conference, along with AMB Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE) and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), today at the College Football Hall of Fame announced an agreement to host the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta through 2026. The new agreement allows the SEC the option of adding up to two successive five-year extensions.
The Georgia Dome has hosted the SEC Championship Game for 21 years beginning in 1994, with capacity crowds in the last 19 consecutive years. By the end of the new agreement, including options, the Championship will have been played in Atlanta a total of 43 years. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is set to open in 2017, with 2016 set to be the final SEC Championship Game held in the Georgia Dome.
“Atlanta has served as an outstanding host for the SEC Football Championship Game for more than two decades and has been the perfect venue for one of the premier events in college sports,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We look forward to continuing a very positive relationship with Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Georgia World Congress Center as the home of our football championship.”
The SEC Football Championship joins a growing list of events that will be hosted in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The NCAA Men’s Final Four will play in the stadium in 2020, and the stadium will host the annual Celebration Bowl, a championship game for the Mid-Eastern and Southwestern conferences of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities beginning in 2017. Atlanta is currently bidding on the 2018 National College Football Playoff Championship Game, which will be awarded later this year, and is a finalist for the 2019 or 2020 NFL Super Bowl. Selections for the Super Bowl games will be announced in May 2016.
“We are tremendously excited to continue the SEC legacy in Atlanta in the years to come,” said Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United Owner Arthur Blank. “The SEC Football Championship Game is a premier sporting event and is representative of the marquee events we will host at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We look forward to working with the SEC toward their goal of producing national championship winners.”
Ole Miss Soccer
Kizer Named SEC Freshman of the Week
Ole Miss soccer freshman CeCe Kizer was named SEC Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon. Kizer scored two crucial goals over the past weekend to earn her first weekly award of her Ole Miss career.
Kizer became the first Rebel to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors since teammate Jessica Hiskey, Oct. 8, 2012. She was also the first offensive player to collect a weekly accolade from the conference since Rafaelle Souza in 2013.
Ole Miss remained unbeaten in 2015, improving to 4-0-2 on the season behind the scoring of Kizer. The Overland Park, Kansas, native continued the impressive start to her collegiate career by scoring two clutch goals this past weekend. She found the back of the net in the 89th minute to force overtime versus No. 19 UCF, Sept. 4. Two days later, her golden goal in the 96th minute gave the Rebels a 1-0 overtime victory over Little Rock.
Kizer leads the SEC with six goals this season, which ranks fifth in the nation. She has also recorded three game-winning goals, which tops the conference and is the third-most nationally. The freshman has found the back of the net in five consecutive games. Averaging one goal per game, Kizer ranks sixth nationally, while her 12 points are 13th in the country.
Ole Miss is undefeated through the first six games of the season for the fifth time in program history and second under head coach Matthew Mott. The Rebels can credit both sides of the pitch for their success; the offense is second in the conference with 15 goals this season, while the defense has shutout opponents in four of the team’s six contests. Ole Miss cracks the nation’s top 25 in the following statistical categories: shutout percentage (.667-20th), total goals (15-23rd) and goals against average (.461-24th).
Ole Miss opens up SEC play with a home match versus Kentucky Friday night at 6 p.m. on SEC Network. The Rebels complete their seven-game homestand Sunday, facing Louisville at 12 p.m.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
The Rebel Walk
Chad Kelly embraced his debut as Rebels’ starting QB
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly had little or no jitters when he stepped onto the field Saturday afternoon against UT-Martin in his SEC debut. He just didn’t want to make careless mistakes or disappoint two uncles who had come to Oxford to see him play.
The former East Mississippi Community College product’s appetite for live-game action was on display inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and he simply feasted on the Skyhawks’ defense, throwing short and deep passes to whichever receiver was open and running for yards when no receiver was in sight.
Kelly sat comfortably in the pocket, just taking what the defense was giving him. After the game, Kelly’s uncle, Jim Kelly, former Buffalo Bills quarterback (who was not one of the uncles in attendance Saturday) gave the former four-star recruit an assessment of his performance.
“He texted me a couple of times, telling me good job and continue to work hard and make sure you take what the defenses give you and everything else will open up,” Kelly said.
HottyToddy.com Sports staff