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NEW BLOG [Sep. 17th, 2007|05:39 pm]
Parrish Alford/Ole Miss
The address is djrebel.wordpress.com.

I've posted the press conference notes there.

I'll be learning as I go for a bit.

-- PA
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On The Move [Sep. 17th, 2007|04:28 pm]
Parrish Alford/Ole Miss
This blog will be moving to a new address some time tomorrow. I don't know all the particulars right now but will learn more when I get back in the office in the morning.

I do know you'll be able to find the new address with a link on the main page at www.djournal.com.

I will come back to this site and post the new address as well.

I know the new site will require readers to register before posting a comment. It will not be necessary to register to read my posts or to read comments.

-- PA
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FOOTBALL: Press conference notes [Sep. 17th, 2007|02:09 pm]
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-- Seth Adams says he expects to play, but Ed Orgeron said a starter at quarterback could go all the way to Saturday. He will look at both Brent Schaeffer and Michael Herrick in practice this week, Orgeron said.
-- Adams has what he described as a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder. Adams did not have an idea when he might return, but Orgeron said he expected Adams to miss most of the week of practice.
-- Orgeron said he doesn't expect any of his injured players who missed the 31-17 loss to Vanderbilt to return for the Florida game this week.
-- He stressed that his team would get away from the scouting report on the opponent, to some degree, and focus on blocking, tackling and other fundamentals.
-- Quote of the day: When asked if he thought Florida, which plays at home against Auburn next week, would overlook LSU, Orgeron responded: "I hope so. We'll take it." He went on to describe the Gators as a well-coached team that he did not expect to overlook any opponent.

-- PA
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FOOTBALL: Press conference day [Sep. 17th, 2007|06:58 am]
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I'll post some notes in the afternoon.

-- PA
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FOOTBALL: Vanderbilt observations [Sep. 16th, 2007|08:55 pm]
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What I've seen in three games is an Ole Miss team that can move the ball in spurts. I see some nice offensive weapons. Last night I saw a team that did not adjust to Vanderbilt's second-half changes. Ole Miss had 66 rushing yards at halftime and finished with 54.

The offense went into a shell in the second half at Memphis, but for one big fourth-quarter drive.

It's a team that can move the ball but there are some issues that keep it from performing on an even keel for four quarters. Those issues must be addressed. The Rebels' experienced offensive line needs to perform.

There are similar issues on defense. Ed said the whole off-season that his defensive line would be pretty good. Indeed it is, but when teams spread the field, take wide gaps at the line and run a set with one or no backs, the defensive line becomes limited. It's strength of fighting off blocks and making a tackle at the line of scrimmage is taken away.

The spread offense magnifies the inexperience and lack of speed at linebacker.

You can say, "Well, every team won't run the spread." That's true, but all teams will identify a weakness and try to exploit it. Everybody can have some version of a spread offense. The Rebels are likely to see some form of a spread offense until they show they can at least slow it down.

-- PA
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FOOTBALL: Signing off [Sep. 16th, 2007|12:27 am]
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Looks like this blog has been good therapy for some folks tonight. Remember this is a family blog.

It was an interesting day of college football. USC flexed its muscles, LSU didn't blink and Arkansas came storming back.

How about that huge loss by UCLA, and when is the last time Tennessee gave up 59 points?

Matt must have used that score and Ole Miss' recent defensive success to predict the Rebels' 103-0 loss to the Gators this week.

I see Missouri scored 52 points tonight, but Chase Daniel only completed 60.9 percent of his passes and threw two picks.

-- PA
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FINAL: Vanderbilt 31, Ole Miss 17 [Sep. 15th, 2007|09:59 pm]
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Read it all in Sunday's Journal.

-- PA
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HALFTIME: Vanderbilt 14, Ole Miss 3 [Sep. 15th, 2007|07:41 pm]
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Palmer is actually playing and playing fairly well. Offense is getting yards but not points. Horrid special teams play. The Rebels' kick coverage is allowing Vandy to get to near mid-field. See Oxford Rebels' post below.

Defending the spread is a little better in the sense that Vandy is not on a 500-yard pace. Vandy has a 189-160 edge in total offense.

-- PA
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FOOTBALL: Oops, found him! [Sep. 15th, 2007|05:35 pm]
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Palmer is participating in the linebacker drills. His left ankle is heavily taped. How much he'll play is still TBA. But at least he's going through drills. Not like Dexter McCluster who dressed out and stood like a statue on the field at Memphis in warm-ups.

-- PA
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FOOTBALL: We can't find him [Sep. 15th, 2007|05:32 pm]
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Ashlee Palmer isn't visible in warm-ups. Maybe he's out there. Sometimes they all look alike from up here.

-- PA
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