Jackson Suspended

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt announced the suspension of freshman linebacker Clarence Jackson Thursday, two days before his team meets Kentucky for a critical conference matchup inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Nutt didn't elaborate on the reasoning behind the dismissal, only saying Jackson will be suspended indefinitely for violating an unspecified team rule.

"I suspended Clarence Jackson indefinitely for violating a team rule," Nutt said. "He was in a backup role. It always hurts your depth, but it is what it is."

Practice carried on, however, as the Rebels held a light workout in shirts and shorts. And by Nutt's account, it was a good day all around.

"We had a really good day today," he said. "A good mental day for concentration and our special teams area. It was a good day offensively and defensively. Good day today."

On the injury front, senior cornerback Jeremy McGee, banged up in a 55-38 win over Fresno State, showed positive signs. Nutt said there's a chance McGee could return to the field against the Wildcats, who Ole Miss (2-2, 0-1 SEC) welcomes Saturday at 11:20 a.m.

"I felt a little bit better about Jeremy McGee," Nutt said. "We have a shot with Jeremy McGee. Everybody else, Kentrell Lockett, Johnny Brown, Enrique (Davis), no. Don't know about them."

Whether McGee plays or not, Nutt has been pleased with the work of the secondary this week in his absence.

"I tell you what; they've had really good concentration," he said. "They've worked hard. I've been proud of them."

The Right Mix?

Ole Miss featured two new starters at both left and right guard Saturday against Fresno State, the latest attempt by Nutt and offensive line coach Mike Markuson in fixing a much-maligned offensive line.

The Rebels had struggled mightily up front over a 1-2 start to the 2010 season, instituting a different starting five in each of the season's first three games. Nutt turned to Patrick Junen, a walk-on freshman, and Logan Clair, a redshirt junior, for a spark.

Bradley Sowell

Well, an experiment finally paid off. Ole Miss rushed for 425 yards in a 55-38 win, the highest total since 1977. Junior running back Brandon Bolden had a career-best 228 yards, doing much of his damage up the middle, right behind Junen and Clair.

Left tackle Bradley Sowell, the unit's most experienced player and leader, believes Ole Miss has finally found the right mix within the interior of its offensive line.

"I think we've finally got our five together," Sowell said. "It was good for them. I couldn't believe how good Patrick was. He's pretty good for a freshman, and is only going to get better, which is exciting. And Logan did good. He's one of those guys who you never really knew what he would do once he got into a game, but when he got in the game, he played a lot better than he has (in practice)."

Ole Miss (2-2, 0-1 SEC) will run out the same group in the Rebels' 11:20 meeting with Kentucky this weekend. And when it does, it will be the first time Ole Miss has had no offensive-line turnover this season.

"Good thing we've found our guys early in the season," Sowell said. "We looked totally different up front last week. There was some push up the middle last week. It feels good to see that."

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