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If the Deuce gets loose -- and he surely will -- the Rebels can contend for the
By Pete McEntegart
The birth certificate reads Dulymus Jenod McAllister. Most everyone calls him
Deuce, a name the senior running back picked up when he donned that number as an
eighth-grader in Morton, Miss., before doubling it to 22 when he arrived at Ole
Miss. In Costa Rica, where McAllister spent three weeks this summer taking
Spanish for 7 1/2 hours a day because -- get this -- he wants to
graduate early and was eager to experience another culture, the locals called
him Dos. Mel Kiper Jr. calls him the projected first pick of the 2001 NFL draft.
Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe calls the 6'1", 220-pounder the best blend
of size and speed he's been around. Judging by the Rebels' publicity materials,
his name might as well be Heisman Trophy Candidate Deuce
| The Book
| An opposing team's coach sizes up the
"They overachieved last year. I really respect the coaching job Cutcliffe did.
Any time you take over a new team, it's hard.... That back is pretty good, ol'
Deuce. He's probably the best back in the country for his size and speed.
Reminds me of Eric Dickerson. He's got that gait. It's hard to find a guy that
powerful who just runs by people.... Losing those two big tackles [Tutan Reyes
and Todd Wade] hurts.... They don't really have any
As for Deuce, he just wants to be called a player when Jan. 1 rolls around.
"We had the shackles of probation on when I got here," McAllister
says. "Now we've been to three consecutive bowl games, and the new goal is
to be in a New Year's
The Heisman machine is already in
gear for McAllister. |
In 1999 McAllister led the SEC in all-purpose yardage with 1,692, topping the
more heralded Shaun Alexander of Alabama. McAllister comes up biggest in big
games, having scored seven touchdowns in three bowl appearances -- three
rushing, three receiving and one on a kickoff return. That versatility has made
Deuce the first Rebel the school has pushed for the Heisman since Archie Manning
finished third in the 1970 voting.
The Rebels won't be a dominating team, but considering that their four losses in
'99 were by a total of 15 points, they are poised to take a major step forward.
"We've opened some eyes, but our work is not done," McAllister says.
"Until we win the SEC and compete for the national championship, we aren't
going to garner the respect we
How about an SEC title and a Heisman Trophy winner? That would be quite a deuce
Issue date: August 14, 2000
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