But it was only one win, and there are ten regular season games left. The Rebels have to play better to have a shot at a special season.
"Our players can see we have a lot of improvement to do," Nutt said. "They know we can get better. But there have been a lot of positives."
One specific area he has been pleased with is special teams.
"Our kicking game's been very, very good," Nutt said. "We've got to keep that going. That's return teams, coverage teams, our kickers. Bryson Rose has really been a big lift for us. He's been real consistent.
"Offensively I was really proud of Markeith Summers," Nutt continued. "He gave us a big lift down the field with some big plays. Jeremiah (Masoli) really played very, very well. We've just got to continue to get better."
Next up is a home game to begin Southeastern Conference play. The Vanderbilt Commodores are in Oxford Saturday for an 11:20 a.m. kickoff at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field.
"We're playing a very good football team," Nutt said. "Vanderbilt played LSU very, very well and very close into the fourth quarter. LSU got after it there toward the end (led 10-3 at the end of three, won 27-3). Vanderbilt's defense runs hard, they play hard like they always do. They're very sound. Offensively they do some good things. We've got to be ready to go. We've got to have a good week of practice getting ready for the first conference game."
Here are the rest of the remarks by Nutt from today's media gathering:
On areas that need to improve perhaps the most:
"I want our defense to play their best game this week. The way they do that is to get lined up the right way every snap. Be very sound tacklers. Play your eyes, use your eyes correctly in the secondary. Play the ball right. We've got to do a good job there. We were on the field too long in the third quarter. It's a play here, it's a player here. We've just got to be more consistent, especially now that we're in the SEC.
Offensively same thing. One of the reasons we won the game was we took care of the ball. We had one turnover. I want to get better in the run game. I want us to be better run blockers. In the passing game, we're making some plays, but I want us to be better run blockers and have that balance."
On playing one quarterback more than playing two like in game one against JSU:
"What made it a little easier (decision) was when Nathan (Stanley) didn't practice last week. The way things were going, it was just easier to stay with one. And Jeremiah was making plays for us. Just stay with him, and we did for just about the entire game. He gives us a little more athletic ability back there when things are breaking down with a young offensive line. Still believe in Nathan Stanley. He's a good quarterback. But right now we'll start out again with Jeremiah."
On his assessment of his running backs and running game so far:
"They've been running hard. Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis have been running extremely hard. Enrique toward the end of the (Tulane) game, we've depended on him to be a very physical guy for us. He runs hard and appreciate how tough he's been for us. I want us to continue to get better. They know we expect more. It has to be that way as you jump into the SEC.
There is a little bit of a learning curve when you break in somebody new (on the offensive line). That was the first time Josh Tatum had been on the field in collegiate ball when things were serious. Now he's out, and there will be another brand new starter. Michael Brown, Jared Duke, Patrick Junen. We're working a lot of young guys. They just haven't played. Hopefully they'll continue to get better. A.J. (Hawkins) really improved. Bradley Sowell, Bobby Massie, they're improving. We've just got to keep going."
On why the defense has gotten off to a slower start than expected based on the veterans returning:
"Good question. Again, we expect more from our guys. I think Jerrell Powe and Kentrell Lockett will tell you....with Kentrell back there was a step up. We need his leadership. We need all our guys to play better and they know that. I heard Ted Laurent and Lawon Scott say it as they walked off the field on Sunday. They know everybody depends on that front seven. They have the most experience. Jonathan Cornell made a lot of tackles the other night, and he'll tell you the same thing. When you're replacing three starters in the secondary, that front, boy you've got to depend on them. They've got to make more plays. They've got to get off blocks and do better."
On why the Wild Rebel has been basically non-existent this season through two games:
"Shhhh. We have it. We jumped in a little bit the other night, but then the whistle blew. Somebody jumped offsides. We've got it. We're just trying to work on it."
On who might be the go-to guys in the Wild Rebel:
"Brandon Bolden. Jesse Grandy."
On how long Josh Tatum might be out of action:
"I don't know how long Tatum will be out. Probably miss this game, but we won't know until Tuesday, Wednesday. Probably miss practice, so that probably means he won't play."
On more aspects of the Commodores who will visit Saturday:
"Last year, this year, every year, boy they play hard. They run to the ball on defense. They're hard hitters and tackle well. Their kicking game is good. Offensively they spread you out a little and try to run it, bootleg you, keep a little option going. They do a good job. They're fighters."
On if the Wild Rebel and snapping the ball to someone other than the quarterback can give an offense a change of pace:
"There are different ways to go attack people. We had every intention of using it more in the last two games, but things were working and we'd been scoring and we'd had some big plays. It seemed like we hadn't needed it as much. It's there. We have it. Jeremiah is comfortable in gun and there are a lot of things he can do. It falls back on that running game. We want to be able to run the ball better. When you do that, you have the best of both worlds and can do more things. The first 15 plays, we had about 11 different formations (against Tulane). That was a good mixture.
You want to be able to execute, take care of the ball, put points on the board, and be consistent doing that. We had two back to back holding calls that really hurt us. You can't overcome that type real estate. Two big plays right there. But we try to mix it up."
On Jeff Scott:
"He was better yesterday. We'll see how he is this week. I think he's learning this is a different deal than Friday night football. Bigger, stronger, faster, harder hitters. Gotta get a little bit more durable. But boy he can run. Hopefully he'll be full speed this week. We need him."
On if he thinks Jeremiah will become even more a part of running the football:
"There's a good possibility. He's always a threat and that's what you like about having him there – the ability to be able to run and do a lot of different things. The first two games our goal was to really get our two tailbacks going, try to use play-action. But he's always there, and that's the good thing about him."
On Tony Grimes:
"I see him fighting for playing time. He sure acts very confident. When Ty (Nix) sent him in the other night – I always try to be close to see how they react when they say it's your time to go in, especially a freshman – he didn't flinch. He has quick feet, and I love how aggressive he is. He's going to get more and more time if he continues to work the way he's been working."