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Two Ole Miss senior defenders out for year

Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:25 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If you're an Ole Miss fan, you probably entered Saturday's ritualized slaughter against Alabama thinking things would be bad ... but that after losing 30-7 to Vanderbilt earlier in the year, nothing the Tide could do to you would actually make things worse.

Sorry, Ole Miss fan: things have gotten worse. Houston Nutt announced Sunday that senior defenders Wayne Dorsey and Marcus Temple, both of whom left the Alabama game with injuries, will now miss the rest of the season. Both players' Rebel careers are over.

"Two really good players and two captains that have done a lot for us," Nutt said.

Temple broke his right ankle early in the game, while Dorsey fractured his right arm in the fourth quarter.

Both players had taken on pivotal roles for the improved (really) Ole Miss defense this season, and not only in the leadership roles Nutt mentioned. Temple had nabbed two of the team's eight interceptions and was a major part of the Rebel pass defense moving into the top half of the FBS in yardage allowed after finishing 103rd a year ago.

But Dorsey is, almost without question, the even bigger loss. The former JUCO transfer had led the Rebels in both sacks (with three) and tackles-for-loss (five), and not surprisingly was leading the defensive line in tackles as well. As pointed out by the Clarion-Ledger, Dorsey's production had essentially doubled the production from the other defensive end spot.

The Rebels' 2011 season already in a deep, deep hole; at 2-4 overall (0-3 SEC) and with their only remaining conference home games coming against heavy favorites LSU and Arkansas, Nutt faces a steep uphill battle just to hit four or five wins, much less bowl eligibility. And with Temple and Dorsey gone, that hill has now gotten just that much steeper.


Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:08 pm

Two Ole Miss senior defenders out for year

Its tough in the SEC with healthy players,its really tough when you have alot of your key players out with injuries.Believe me i know,because we have had our share of injuries at Tennessee mixed with a young team makes it hard to win.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:00 pm

Two Ole Miss senior defenders out for year

And people wonder why the SEC is the toughest conference in America....

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 6:27 pm

Nutt on Hot Seat

It is regrettable that these two injured players would be out for the season. I hope they have enough on film on file so the pro’s would have a resume on both, and they would be drafted come draft day.

Nutt is really be on the hot seat or is awaiting to get the ax, perhaps before the season end.

The team got beat really bad, and the team did not fair very well with their weak out of conference too well.


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