Mark Dodson was supposed to be a big deal. A highly-touted four-star prospect out of high school, some thought he could be the next feature back for Ole Miss. But after a couple years stuck in a logjam in the Rebel backfield, Dodson is transferring.
Both Dodson and David Kamara, a reserve defensive back with just two tackles in two seasons in Oxford, were granted their transfer papers earlier this week. According to Greg Gaston of Sports 56, Dodson's on his way back to his home town of Memphis to play for the Tigers.
The dude has talent, but for whatever reason, he was never able to move his way up the depth chart. Stuck behind Jaylen Walton, I'Tavius Mathers and, for much of this season, Jordan Wilkins, Dodson had just 58 carries in two years in Oxford. After he scored a nifty 19-yard touchdown on just his fourth carry of this season in the opener against Boise State, a lot of us figured he'd find a bigger role in 2014, but he never did.
In the end, it works out for both sides. Dodson goes to a place where he should be able to make an impact and Hugh Freeze opens up an extra scholarship to use in this recruiting cycle.
Javon Patterson's a 5-star now
After a big week at the Under Armour All-America Game, the Rebel commit has been bumped up to a five-star prospect and the No. 1 offensive guard in the country by 247Sports. National recruiting analyst Barton Simmons wrote "There wasn't a better interior offensive lineman all week in either game than Patterson. He's been outstanding in every setting we've seen him in and he checked out in the game as well."
No, that extra star doesn't mean Patterson magically became better overnight. But it is good sign for an Ole Miss line that was awful all season in run blocking on the interior.
Freeze has a new defensive assistant
Earlier this month, USF hired away Ole Miss linebackers coach Tom Allen to make him their new defensive coordinator. On Wednesday, Ole Miss promoted Corey Batoon to fill his position on the staff, per Hugh Kellenberger.
Batoon has been with Freeze since Arkansas State and served as an assistant athletics director for recruiting operations for the last three years. It sounds like he'll actually be coaching the safeties -- something he did in the lead up to the Peach Bowl -- and the linebackers will be coached by defensive coordinator Dave Wommack.
Drunk guy falls asleep in an Uber, wakes up with a $908 tab
You probably already saw this rumor floating around the Twitters: an Ole Miss fan in Atlanta got wasted the night of the Peach Bowl, called an Uber taxi, accidentally gave the wrong address and woke up in Mississippi with a $908 charge.
Turns out it's not just a rumor. Outkick the Coverage found and talked to the guy:
Let me go ahead and say that I didn't come out of the party trashed and put my Mississippi address in the system and get a ride home. It was one of the other members of the car that talked to the driver. I assumed they knew the address of the party, which was only about 8-10 miles away.
I may have dozed off for a bit. My phone woke me up and I didn't realize we had been driving for about an hour and a half. The other three people in the car were also asleep. I woke one of them up and asked where we were going and what address she gave the driver. She told me and the driver the address and when he looked at his phone they didn't match up... obviously.
My question is, WTF Uber driver? You knew damn well those kids didn't call you to drive across a state. Zero stars for you, bro.