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17 Mississippi If the Deuce gets loose--and he will--the Rebels can contend for the SEC title

Aug. 14, 2000
Aug. 14, 2000

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Aug. 14, 2000

College Football Preview 2000

17 Mississippi If the Deuce gets loose--and he will--the Rebels can contend for the SEC title

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
McAllister.

This is an article from the Aug. 14, 2000 issue Original Layout

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 bowl."

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 want."

How about an SEC title and a Heisman Trophy winner? That would be
quite a deuce indeed.

--P.M.

COLOR PHOTO: DALE ZANINE/ICON The Heisman machine is already in gear for McAllister. Can he handle the hype?

Fast Facts

1999 record: 8-4 (4-4, 3rd in SEC West)
Final ranking: No. 22 AP, No. 22 coaches' poll

Telling Number

362
Yards needed by Deuce McAllister to become the Rebels' alltime
leading rusher.

The Book

An opposing team's coach sizes up The Rebels

"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 receivers."

SCHEDULE
Strength: 46th of 115

Sept. 2 TULANE
9 AUBURN
16 at Vanderbilt
30 KENTUCKY

Oct. 7 ARKANSAS STATE
14 at Alabama
28 UNLV

Nov 4 at Arkansas
11 LSU
18 at Georgia
23 MISSISSIPPI STATE

["TELLING NUMBER" COMPILED BY DAVID SABINO]