Statistically Speaking

The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers in a Saturday scrimmage, arguably the highlights of the hour and a half intrasquad.

"We were a little softer today in certain situations, it looked like," Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said about the defense. "I want to watch the film, but some holes that had been closing fast were bigger today. We've got a week to make some corrections and get better before the spring game.

"We're probably a little behind where I thought we would be at this time. We have seen some good things, but as I said we have a long way to go." Defensively Clarence Jackson had four tackles in addition to his interception return for a touchdown. D.T. Shackelford had three tackles and a fumble recovery. Delvin Jones had three tackles as did Abdul Bangura. Sam Noblin was credited with seven stops.

Two interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Nathan Stanley was picked off by Rudy Wilson and returned 36 yards for a score. Zack Stoudt threw the other, a toss that was picked off by Clarence Jackson and returned 67 yards for a touchdown.

Stoudt also threw another interception, a 38-yard pick by Frank Crawford that was not returned for a gain.

The Rebel defenders caused problems for the quarterbacks on several occasions. Four sacks were recorded – one each by Carmeron Whigham and Ralph Williams and two by Delvin Jones. Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix saw some good things from that side of the ball.

"Today I saw the guys fly around, create some turnovers, which is very, very, very positive; some things we didn't do as well a year ago," he said. "That's a big part of the game -- eliminating big plays and creating turnovers."

Offensively, the quarterbacks had anything but stellar numbers. Randall Mackey was 3 for 9 for 39 yards. Nathan Stanley was 1 for 6 for 57 yards, with one interception but also one touchdown pass, a 43-yarder to Vincent Sanders. Stoudt was 7 for 11 for 63 yards and a two touchdown, but with the two interceptions. Barry Brunetti was 2 for 4 for 49 yards.

Enrique Davis
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Enrique Davis and Devin Thomas were bright spots carrying the football. Davis had five carries for 81 yards, including two touchdowns for 53 and 20 yards. Thomas rushed for 84 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

In the receiving department, Ja-Mes Logan had six catches, one for a touchdown, for 73 total yards. Terrell Grant had three receptions for 19 yards.

"A positive thing, fellas, that's the best we've run the ball this spring," said offensive coordinator David Lee. "I thought we finished blocks, and I thought we were physical. Gave our backs a chance to get into the line of scrimmage and make something happen, and they did. I thought Enrique Davis really looked good today.

"The negative in it is our passing game is still lagging behind," Lee continued. "It's lagging behind in pass protection; it's lagging behind in route depth and finishing the catch. The quarterback reading properly, it's not there all the time. Our accuracy's off at times. Today I saw us make some poor decisions, which we haven't done a bad job of this spring."

"We have a long way to go," Nutt said. "We have to keep getting better. We have to tackle better and execute better. There were times we looked like a good team, but we are far from a four-quarter group. We have a long way to go on that. We have to be more consistent."

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