Mississippi produced four posters, three of which featured players. Mike Marry, top, is a junior linebacker who led the teams in tackles last season. Receiver Donte Moncrief led the team in receptions. Defensive back Charles Sawyer had a team-high four interceptions. All of the posters were photographed by Michael Thompson Jr. and designed by Dan Pelligrino.
Mississippi's Houston Nutt went off on Neal McCready of Rivals after Saturday's 29-24 loss to Arkansas, video of which you can watch here. Nutt was upset that McCready had predicted that the Rebels would lose, 49-10.
"Played harder than 49-10, right Neal," said Nutt, looking at McCready. "I don't read your stuff, they tell me what you say. One of my freshmen told me that Neal McCready wrote that we'd get beat 49-10. Wasn't no 49-10."
The Rebels have now lost a team-record 10 Southeastern Conference games in a row.
Later, Nutt said the Rebels "just don't have depth right now. We have guys banged up. I'm not going to sit here and go through it all. You know all that. It is what it is right now. We're playing a lot of young people, and we don't have the word 'next.' "
Of course, it was Nutt who flaunted NCAA recruiting rules in his first two seasons by signing a combined 68 players, some of who he had to stash in the JUCO system. It's clear that the coach was throwing darts against the wall, hoping some of the signees could actually play. Turns out that many of them can't.
All of which means that the media-unfriendly Nutt likely will be working as an analyst for ESPN in 2012.
Houston Nutt won 18 games in his first two seasons as Mississippi coach, then the Rebels tumbled to a 4-8 record in 2010. Mississippi opens against Brigham Young and has a tricky nonconference game at Fresno State on Oct. 1. Alabama, regarded to be the best team in the land, rolls into Oxford on Oct. 15.
Click the image to enlarge. Poster designed by Dan Pellegrino of Ole Miss Athletics. Thanks to Brandon.
Photographer Scott Burton put a camera at the top of the west side of Mississippi's Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for last Saturday's Auburn-Mississppi game. "Took a picture every 15 seconds two hours prior to the game and after," Burton writes.
It's backfield in motion at Mississippi. Jevan Snead and Dexter McCluster are gone, and Houston Nutt's search for replacements is ongoing. Indications continue to point toward Jeremiah Masoli transferring to Oxford, and he would challenge Nathan Stanley for the starting job at quarterback. Replacing McCluster's playmaking ability could prove more difficult. The running back rushed for over 1,000 yards and had another 500-plus yards receiving in 2009. The defense will carry the team early, with nose tackle Jerrell Powe anchoring an experienced front seven.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
gmail.com. Thanks to Brandon!