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This week, the roundup will consist of articles on Chad Kelly, Laquon Treadwell, Tony Conner and more.
The Rebel Walk
Hard-Working Chad Kelley
Whether reflecting on an important win or a heartbreaking loss, Ole Miss starting quarterback Chad Kelly always finds something in his offense that he feels can be improved. He eats, breathes, and sleeps the words he repeats constantly: “Just have to get better.
arlier this season, head coach Hugh Freeze told reporters that Kelly watches more game film than he does. When Kelly is not on the practice field or in the weight room, he invites some of his offensive teammates over to watch other teams play the sport he wakes up thinking about, no matter who’s playing.
“I’m not sure what he does outside of football, but I know if I’m at home, I’m watching (football) either on the iPad or pulling it up on the big screen,” Kelly’s said when asked about Freeze’s opportunities to watch game film. “I love football, any football I can watch. I’m just a football junkie.”
And Kelly’s love for football comes naturally, as he is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.
Jim Kelly was in attendance, as was Archie Manning, Saturday afternoon to watch the former East Mississippi Community College gunslinger complete 24-of-33 passes for 384 yards and score four touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) in the 14th-ranked Rebels’ (5-1, 2-1 SEC) 52-3 victory over New Mexico State. Kelly’s 384 yards were the most by an Ole Miss quarterback since Bo Wallace threw for 387 yards in last year’s season opener against Boise State.
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Ole Miss Soccer
Ole Miss Knocks Off No. 10 South Carolina
Coming off a last-second double overtime victory over Arkansas Friday night, the Ole Miss soccer team upset No. 10 South Carolina 2-0 to finish another perfect weekend of SEC play.
The Rebels (10-3-2, 4-3-0) knocked off a top-10 opponent for the first time since defeating No. 7 Florida 3-2 in double OT, October 4, 2009. It was also the program’s first top-10 win under head coach Matthew Mott. With the shutout, the Rebels posted their sixth clean sheet of the season and handed South Carolina (11-2-1, 5-1-1 SEC) its first loss in SEC play.
After going 110 minutes to earn a hard-fought win over Arkansas just two days ago, the Rebels needed to carry the momentum and energy into a Sunday night contest versus a top-10 opponent. Ole Miss did just that by getting out to an early lead once again as redshirt junior Georgia Russell scored her first goal of the season in the fourth minute of the game. Russell dribbled past a defender up the flank, shot, and scored off a deflection from the keeper that would sent the ball rolling between her legs to put the Rebels up 1-0. It was the fifth time this season the Rebels scored in the first five minutes of the game.
“We come out with a lot of energy,” said Coach Mott. “We always talk about coming out, running hard and setting the tone early and we’ve done that. We need to give credit to our senior leadership. Those guys know what it’s like to come out flying.”
The Rebels played stout defense for 90 minutes. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marnie Merritt collected four saves and defended three corner kicks to earn her fourth individual shutout of the season. The defense was at its best late in the game, only allowing one shot in the second half.
“They’re dangerous,” noted Coach Mott. “We had tired legs, and we needed to add another number back there just to secure it. Those guys (South Carolina) did a good job. They had a dangerous chance towards the end.”
After a dangerous South Carolina free kick in the 89th minute, junior Addie Forbus iced the game on the counter attack. She collected a pass on a breakaway and took a shot, but it was saved by the Gamecock goalkeeper. However, Forbus stayed with the play, recovering the rebound and finishing smoothly for her ninth goal of the season to put the contest out of reach, 2-0, with 40 second remaining.
The Ole Miss Soccer Stadium was packed for the 2015 Greek Night. Hundreds of students from the Ole Miss Greek community attended the game to cheer the Rebels to victory. The winner of the 2015 Greek Night was Kappa Alpha Order. The Ole Miss softball and men’s golf teams were in attendance also, collecting donations for the supply drive that will help victims of the floods in South Carolina.
“We had the short rest on this game. I think our kids were up for it. This crowd was just electric, with Greek Night and our fans coming out this Sunday night, it gave us the shot of adrenaline we needed.”
Ole Miss will be back for more SEC action next weekend, looking to take down a top-10 opponent in back-to-back games. The Rebels take on No. 8 Auburn at home Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. As always, fans can tune into the action on SEC Network+.
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The Rebel Walk
Treadwell focused on making more plays: “I will continue to get better”
Laquon Treadwell’s one-handed, 37-yard touchdown catch from his starting quarterback Chad Kelly was indicative of the type of day the offense was having against New Mexico State (0-5, 0-1 Sun Belt). And while everyone was talking about Treadwell’s off-balanced, one-handed catch, the star wide receiver was more concerned about making more plays just as great.
After Treadwell juked Aggies’ freshman free safety Dion Henrique out of his defensive stance, he was wide open for Kelly to find for what would be the highlight of the Rebels’ offense that skyrocketed to a total of 665 yards of offense in the Homecoming matchup.
Treadwell replayed the moments leading up to the catch that wowed the college football universe.
By Courtney Smith and the Rebel Walk click here to read more
Ole Miss DB Tonny Conner
The injury bug has certainly taken its toll on No. 13 Ole Miss this season, and the news may have just gotten worse for the Rebels.
During coach Hugh Freeze’s weekly radio show Monday, Freeze was asked about the status of junior defensive back Tony Conner, who sustained a torn meniscus in Ole Miss’ 43-37 win over Alabama.
Conner was originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks, which would mark the Oct. 24 showdown versus Texas A&M as his earliest return date. But Freeze’s response made it sound like Conner’s return this season may be in doubt.
“I’m concerned about it, but I don’t have a real update,” Freeze said. “I’ve just talked to Tony. Where it should be right now? I don’t know. I probably shouldn’t even say that right now. There’s no question that losing him, Issac (Gross) and C.J. (Johnson) off our defense is a blow. Those are three veterans, two seniors.
“It sure would be nice to get them back, but it will be nice next year to have Issac back for sure, and Tony also looks like now that’s going to be best for him. We’ll miss them the rest of the season for sure. It changes us some. We’ve got to make due without them.”
By David Collier at SEC Country click here to read more
Hottytoddy.com sports staff