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    Football Preview: Ole Miss at Tulane

    8 p.m. CT
    New Orleans, La.
    Louisiana Superdome (69,703)
    Overall: 0-1
    SEC: 0-0
    XM: 200
    Sirius: 219
    LIVE TV: ESPN Classic
    [Bob Wischusen,; Brian Griese, analyst]
    Overall: 1-0


    Houston Nutt is in his third season at Ole Miss with a record of 18...9 (.667) and 18th overall with a record of 129...79 (620). The Rebels' co...offensive coordinators are MIke Markuson and Dave Rader and the defensive coordinator is Tyrone Nix.

    Bob Toledo is in his fourth season at Tulane with a record of 10...27 (.270) and 17th overall with a record of 88...95 (.481). Dan Dodd serves as the offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator is Steve Stanard.


    Sophomore quarterback Nathan Stanley threw for three touchdown passes in his first career start against Jacksonville State. That is the most TD passes for a Rebel QB in their first start since Eli Manning. Brandon Bolden recorded his third career 100...yard rushing game as he gained 104 yards on 17 carries vs. JSU. Jerimiah Masoli passed for 109 yards and one interception on 7...of...10 passing. He also rushed five times for 29 yards.

    Trent Mackey was named the C...USA Defensive Player of the Week. He earned the start in his first game at Tulane and chalked up a career... and game...high 13 tackles (5 solo), including 2.0 stops for minus eight yards and also forced a fumble in leading the Green Wave to a 27...21 home victory over Southeastern Louisiana in the 2010 season opener. Mackey and senior safety Alex Wacha combined for 24 of the team's 62 total tackles last week. Shakiel Smith came up with four solo tackles, including a stop for lost yardage, and an interception return for 24 yards. Ryan Travis chalked up seven tackles, including six solo and one stop for lost yardage, and added a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.


    After positive news from cardiac specialists, Ole Miss' Kentrell Lockett is expected to return to action this week. Damien Jackson tallied a team...high 11 tackles (seven solo) in first collegiate start last week. Jerrell Powe anchors a veteran group on the line that features seniors LaMark Armour, Ted Laurent and Lawon Scott. The group of four seniors has a combined 39 starts among them. The Rebels returns two starting linebackers from last year in Jonathan Cornell and Allen Walker. Johnny Brown leads the secondary. Brown was second on the squad with 10 tackles in the opener and also broke up one pass.

    With six catches for 48 yards against Southeastern La., senior wide receiver Casey Robottom increased his string of multiple...catch games to 10. Orleans Darkwa came out of nowhere to produce one of top performances by a true freshman running back in a season opener. Darkwa totaled 75 yards on 19 carries, but more importantly reached the end zone three times, which marked the most touchdowns scored by a true freshman running back in an opener. Ryan Griffin leads the offense as he completed 141...of...222 (.635) passing attempts for 1,382 yards and nine touchdowns and six interceptions last season as a freshman, and he finished with a 123.8 passing efficiency rating.


    Replacing All...SEC place...kicker Joshua Shene, who became only the second Rebel all...time to lead the team in scoring all four years, remains a major focal point heading into this season. Bryson Rose scored 12 points and was a perfect 2...for...2 on FGs and 6...for...6 on PATs in the opener. Tyler Campbell finished second in the conference a year ago with a 44.0 punting average and earned SEC All...Freshman honors. Jesse Grandy is expected to get the nod for kickoff returns and punt returns after posting the second...highest kickoff return average in school history a year ago.

    Placekicker Cairo Santos connected on a pair of field goals of 29 and 27 yards and was true on all three PATs to finish his first collegiate game with nine points. Santos also handled kickoff duties and averaged 63.8 yards on five kickoffs (319 yards). Santos become the first freshman kicker to score a point in a season opener since Ross Thevenot against Houston in the 2006 opener. Rookie Jonathan Ginsburgh punted six times for 241 yards for a 40.2 average. Ginsburgh's first career punt traveled 47 yards and he placed three attempts inside the opponent's 20...yard line.

    Record: UM, 41...28

    This game will mark 70th meeting between Ole Miss and Tulane... It is the Rebels' fourth...most played series behind Mississippi State (106), LSU (98) and Vanderbilt (84)...The Rebels hold a 41...28 advantage in the series and have won the last nine meetings, which is the third...longest winning streak in the series behind a streak for Ole Miss from 1957...74 and streak for the Green Wave from1919...39...The Ole Miss...Tulane series is in the Rebels' longest ongoing series dating back to the school's first year playing football in 1893.