Earn a D1 Football Scholarship

5 Most Important Keys To Earn A D1 Football Scholarship

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How To Earn A D1 Football Scholarship 1) Qualify Academically Certain aspects of the entire Division 1 football scholarship-earning “musts” might not be required or may be left up to the opinion of yourself or the schools extending an offer to you. But no matter where you would like to go in America, no matter how big you are, how fast, or how strong you are, every athlete must meet the NCAA’s minimum academic standards. The eligibility minimums today are different today than they were a year ago, and much different than the last time a parent or coach went…

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Grove Bowl

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A Grove Bowl record crowd announced at 28,357 enjoyed an offensive show with lots of points, some of them gifts, literally. Blue beat Red 55-28 to wrap up spring practice. The Red team was given seven points at the end of each quarter, which accounted for all its 28 points. That’s because the Blue team, loaded with starters and first-teamers, was, well, loaded. “The best thing was that we didn’t get anybody hurt,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. “I was pleased to see the offense end the spring on a good note. I was mostly pleased with the…

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Quality and Quantity

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The Ole Miss two-deep depth chart is shaping up nicely with very few questions still to be answered. Read about it inside. There’s still a couple of battles for starting positions going on within the Ole Miss football team, but as we enter game week, there are not a lot of questions remaining to be answered from a two-deep standpoint. Who will be the number one center, between sophomore A.J. Hawkins and true freshman Evan Swindall, is still in the air, but it appears Hawkins is gaining an edge. What’s going to happen at quarterback with sophomore Nathan Stanley, senior…

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Wide Receivers –

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WR Coach Ron Dickerson was looking for another Mike Wallace to stretch defenses out vertically. Did he find one in spring training? Part IV of a series discussing spring training with the assistant coaches. Read about it inside. They call it blowing the top off the coverage. In 2008, that was Mike Wallace’s job – stretching the coverage vertically and outrunning it anyway. That’s what Wide Receivers Coach Ron Dickerson was looking for in spring training. “We still have our feelers out, but the guys are working hard and trying to fill that void. We are a long way from…

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Offensive Grove Bowl

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The Blues got the best of the Reds Saturday in the annual Grove Bowl game, won by the Blue team 49-28 on a beautiful spring day in Oxford. The teams combined for 824 total yards. The Blue team was basically the No. 1 unit on both sides of the ball, and the Red squad the rest of the team. The Blue team got the ball first and took no time in scoring. Brandon Bolden ran 57 yards on first down, and then Nathan Stanley found Markeith Summers on a 23-yard pass for a touchdown. Bryson Rose was good on the…

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Special Specialists?

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Special Teams covers a wide range of skills and personnel. In some areas, the Reb specialists looked the part in spring training. In a couple, there are still question marks. Read about it inside. (For those of you who did not get a game program at the Red-Blue Game, we had in-depth interviews with each assistant football coach about their respective position(s). Over the next week or so, we will publish those offerings, and update them where necessary, here. Enjoy. Part VI – The Specialists.) Special Teams Coordinator James Shibest has a few wait-and-see bones in his body, especially when…

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By The Numbers

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Storylines were many from Ole Miss’ Meet The Rebels Day scrimmage. Among the most impressive aspects was the number of people who watched, estimated at 9,000. Beyond that number, there were some other impressive numbers for some individual players. Like Nathan Stanley making good on his first 10 passes, finishing 10-of-11 for 117 yards with a rushing touchdown that was highlight worthy. The sophomore signal-caller backed up, rolled out, scrambled, then took off running for a 25-yard touchdown. Jeremiah Masoli threw two touchdown passes in the scrimmage, both of them of the impressive variety. He hit Melvin Harris on a…

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Baby Steps

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A much-maligned Ole Miss offense gave reason for optimism Saturday, as the Rebels labored through a 100-plus play scrimmage inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Read about it inside. On a near-perfect day inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday morning, a struggling Ole Miss offense found footing, as Nathan Stanley completed three touchdown passes and a deep stable of running backs broke free. “(The offense) started out slow, but if you look at the last few practices, we’re getting in a lot better rhythm,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “I thought (Nathan Stanley) made some good decisions, but we have to get much better.” Stanley,…

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Football Depth Chart –

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There hasn’t been a lot of movement in the two-deep depth chart since August practice began. Compiling that is a no-brainer, but beyond is more of a chore. Here’s an educated stab at a three-deep, sometimes four-deep, chart. Read about it inside. When the Rebels line up for pre-practice stretch in the middle of the field, the offense is on one side of the 50 yard line and the defense is on the other side. The first team is on the front row stretched across the field, the second team is behind them and so on down the line. While…

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Perfect

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Wondering how the new placekickers were going to fill the shoes left by Josh Shene was a common thought over the past few months. Sophomore Bryson Rose has answered those questions in the first two games. Read about it inside. Honestly, there was a lot of concern headed into the 2010 season how the Rebel placekickers would hold up after a below average spring session. But while some other areas of the Ole Miss team have not been as crisp as one would like, sophomore Bryson Rose has stepped up to take charge on field goals and extra points. After…

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