Do they come back angry? More determined? Go in a shell? Start doubting themselves? Move on in a businesslike fashion? It can be a crap shoot.
Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt, the one charged with monitoring those situations, has been more than pleased with the way his team has responded midway through preparations for the next game, Tulane in the Super Dome in New Orleans Saturday at 8 p.m. And he mentioned it strongly after Wednesday's full-pad workout on the practice fields.
"I told the team Sunday, this one's on me. My fault," said Nutt, "but it's up to all of us to shed it and move on. Sunday was a good day, then we had Monday off, Tuesday was a little better and today was even better.
"We are going about things the right way this week after a really hard hit. That one hurt to the bone, but we are bouncing back well from all the indications I can gather. The attitude has been good and the approach has been businesslike the last couple of days. Saturday can't get here quick enough for us."
Nutt was proud to have DE Kentrell Lockett back at practice after last week's heart "scare."
"He looked real good. His experience shows. He takes good angles and today he knocked a pass down and recovered a fumble," said Nutt. "Man, what I would have given for one of those last Saturday. . . . "
Safety Fon Ingram's return to practice after minor knee surgery also kept going in the right direction.
"Fon's experience, again, showed. It really helps to have him back in there. He knows what to do and does it. He's got a real nose for the ball," Houston stated.
On the quarterback front, Nutt said he is not likely to name a starter until the Rebs are in New Orleans.
"Both are doing real good and are working hard this week. Both doing well has made the decision very tough. Nathan (Stanley) was very good except for the one fumble in the opener. He actually graded higher - overall - than Jeremiah (Masoli), but Jeremiah did good things as well and has had a good week of practice so far," Nutt explained. "All I can tell you right now is that I am pleased with the progress of both."
* As we mentioned in a previous Wednesday report, senior Wide Receiver Markeith Summers will miss most of every Wednesday practice due to a class scheduling conflict. It's a class he needs to graduate and it is only offered during the Wednesday afternoon time slot. Obviously, it's Wednesday and #16 wasn't at practice until later in the workout.
* A couple of weeks ago, two freshmen, Defensive Tackle Bryon Bennett and Defensive End Delvin Jones, were experiencing minor knee issues. Bennett is completely over his slight MCL sprain and Jones, who had some fluid drained off his knee, appears to be healthy as well.
* On the subject of Jones, there have been some questions about his size. So we asked. Today, he measured and weighed in at 6-4, 239 pounds. Our guesstimate a week or so ago was 230 pounds, but he passed that plateau the week he got to Ole Miss.
* Fellow DE Carlos Thompson, who is every bit 6-5, has gained 13 pounds since his arrival in the summer. Thompson reported at 217 pounds and now tips the scales at 230. Carlos has also had a number change, from #91 to #54. Both he and Jones appear to be strong candidates, at this point, to redshirt this year.
* Watch for more playing time this weekend for sophomore Fullback H.R. Greer. He's been getting more reps in practice the last few days and is likely to take some reps from starter E.J. Epperson if H.R. keeps producing the way he has been in practice lately.
* We saw last Saturday the Rebel coaches are comfortable giving Jesse Grandy a breather on kickoff returns when they inserted freshman Jeff Scott in the lineup for a pair of KORs. He responded with a total of 68 yards with a long of 40 yards. But what if Grandy needs a breather in his punt return duties? Right now, Summers, TB Brandon Bolden and WR Derrick Herman are the candidates to spell Grandy.
* Jeff Scott injured his foot in the JSU game and has not practiced full speed this week yet. He has dressed out and tried to test the foot in both practices so far, but is experiencing some soreness. Hopefully, with three more days of treatment, he'll be OK for the Tulane game. "I expect him to be ready," Nutt stated.
* OLB Mike Marry continued on the comeback trail after injuring his hamstring and knee in fall camp a few weeks ago. Yesterday was his first time to practice since and today he stayed on the path to recovery with another solid workout. "Mike had another good day today after a good day yesterday," said Nutt. "He made a statement Tuesday and continued along those lines today."
* Nutt basically said it all about getting Lockett back practicing after his heart questions a week ago, but watching him first-hand in individual drills, it's apparent what he brings to the table. As soon as he hit the practice field, he was chattering, goading his teammates to compete in every rep of every drill, leading from the front of the line and throwing down challenges to all takers in drills. No doubt, the energy he brings helps everyone on the DL.