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Ole Miss Defense End C.J. Johnson Will Miss Rest Of Season

CJ JohnsonOle Miss has lost its leading pass rusher from last season for the rest of this season.  Coach Hugh Freeze says defensive end C.J. Johnson will undergo surgery that will cause him to miss the rest of the 2013 schedule.

Johnson hasn’t played the last two games because of a leg injury. He finishes the season with 12 tackles and two quarterback hurries.  He led Ole Miss with 6.5 sacks a year ago but he broke his leg in spring practice and has seemingly been battling to recover ever since.  He will pursue a medical redshirt .

Ole Miss hosts LSU Saturday night.  We’ll have our game previews posted later today.

 

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SEC Headlines 6/21/2013

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1. The biggest losers at Tennessee? A breakdown of who has lost and gained the most weight.

2. Travel expenses are up and ticket revenue is down at Tennessee.

3. Praise for South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.  ”Only a matter of time…that he won’t be considered one of the top coordinators in the country.”

4. Stadium enhancements in Jacksonville not expected to impact seating capacity for the Florida-Georgia game.

5. What’s the outlook at inside linebacker for Georgia? “There’s going to be competition all the way up until the time we start getting ready for Clemson.”

6. One of the best games on the SEC schedule this year – LSU makes a rare appearance in Athens.

7. Does Missouri open with the SEC’s easiest schedule? “This first four will give coach Gary Pinkel a little job security. A very little.”

8. Future SEC Power Rankings: From No. 1 Alabama to No. 14 Missouri.

9. What’s the outlook in Fayetteville? “Arkansas needs to step up its game to keep pace in the West Division.”

10. Kicked off Vanderbilt’s team for a violation of team rules, defensive tackle Jared Morse has rejoined the Commodores.

11. Coach Hugh Freeze prefers to focus on the advantages at Ole Miss: “The same people that (talk about our disadvantages are also) writing that it’s in the top five of most beautiful campuses in the nation…”

12. As a wide receiver and punter for the 1989 Henderson State team, Gus Malzahn was the only married guy on the team.

13. A question mark for Auburn? ”Our punt return game in the past, that’s one area I haven’t been real pleased.”

14. Alabama lineman Cyrus Kouandjio had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder.  

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15. Dueling reports dispute whether an arrest warrant has been issued for current New England Patriot and former Florida Gator Aaron Hernandez

16. Mike Bianchi: “When Hernandez was at UF, he was once questioned, along with three other Gator football players, about a shooting in Gainesville.”

17. Police release two videos that may provide clues to the Howard’s Rock vandalism at Clemson.

18. Judge orders lawyers in the Ed O’Bannon case against the NCAA to revise the lawsuit. Expected to get ruling in the next few weeks, then “we’ll get a better gauge of just how radically that business might change.”

19. Andy Staples: “The Curt Flood of major college sports is probably on a campus somewhere in America right now.”

20.  ”Larger athletics scholarships are not a part of the push for a new division…It is the entire issue.”

21. Missouri A.D. Mike Alden is the 2013-2014 president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

22. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez likes it fast. ”I’d like to have less stoppages and play faster.” See the MrSEC breakdown of what faster offenses do for defenses.

23. Former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell – before and after.

24. Texas A&M and Notre Dame join other schools in releasing their own fragrance lines.

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25. Agent for former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel responds to rumors and chatter of  ”massive, massive red flags.”

26. Texas A&M’s Elston Turner was the third-leading scorer in the SEC last season.  How does his game project to the NBA?

27. Does former Missouri center Alex Oriakhi have a shot at the next level?

28. Will Marshall Henderson be a leader for Ole Miss?

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Laquon Treadwell Commits To Ole Miss

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell from Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Ill., has committed to Ole Miss.

The nation’s No. 1 wide receiver according to ESPN chose Ole Miss over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

“The recruiting process was something I took very seriously, but had a lot of fun with,” Treadwell said, according to ESPN. “I took my time in the process so I could make the right choice for myself.”

Treadwell’s interest in Ole Miss was strengthened by the presence of former Crete-Monee standout Anthony Standifer, who plays defensive back for Ole Miss. He signed with the Rebels last February.

Treadwell’s commitment is the start of what’s expected to be a strong finish to the class of 2013 for Ole Miss. The Rebels are recruiting several highly-touted prospects, including the nation’s No. 1 prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.

“I wanted to be a part of something special,” Treadwell said. “The program is on the rise with the new coaching staff. (Coach Hugh Freeze) is changing the culture and I want to be a part of changing the Rebel culture.”

Ole Miss has 21 commitments for the class of 2013.

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Brandon Hill Commits To Ole Miss

Former Alabama offensive line signee Brandon Hill committed to Ole Miss on Friday.

Hill has spent the fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., after he failed to qualify out of Saint George Academy in Memphis, Tenn. Hill took an official visit to Ole Miss on Thursday.

“Coach (Hugh) Freeze stayed with me the whole time when he got this job,” Hill told Scout.com. “I want to be a part of this rebuild. I’m finished with recruiting. I’ll leave Hargrave in January and come to Ole Miss for the second semester and spring football.”

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VU’s Franklin Focused On UM, Not Job Openings

Vanderbilt’s James Franklin was quick to change the topic when asked yesterday if other schools might be looking to lure him away from Nashville:

 

“We’ve been dealing with these types of things since we got here.  We don’t get into that.  Our focus is on Ole Miss and I know our kids are really excited about going down there and playing Coach (Hugh) Freeze’s ball club.”

 

The second-year head coach did say that he goes into greater detail about his job situation with recruits if they ask.

Reporters have to ask these types of questions even though I’ve yet to hear of any coach saying anything close to this: “You know, as a matter of fact I’ve got my agent talking to the AD of School X right now.”

Franklin just provided the industry standard non-denial denial that’s been doled out by countless coaches in history.  Nothing to see here.  Move along.

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Former FSU Pledge Commits To Ole Miss

Ole Miss received a commitment during the weekend from tight end Christian Morris from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.

Morris announced his commitment on Twitter.

Morgan’s decision to commit to Ole Miss came less than a week after he decommitted from Florida State. Morgan gave his commitment to Ole Miss during a visit to Oxford last weekend.

“I’m really excited,” Morgan told The Clarion-Ledger. “The place works for me. It fits everything I’m looking for: personally, spiritually, and football wise. I really trust Coach (Hugh) Freeze and really believe in this program.”

Morris is ranked the nation’s No. 12 tight end by ESPN RecruitingNation. He’s the 19th prospect and second tight end to commit to Ole Miss’ class of 2013.

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