Day Two

For the second day, Coach Houston Nutt welcomed Ole Miss football players to campus for preseason practice. This time it was the veterans.

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"I can't wait to see them tonight," said Nutt, entering his fourth season at Ole Miss. "They'll have a meal together tonight and then that first meeting. It's always an exciting time. I always love this time. It's all football the next 20-25 days. We'll spend a lot of time with them."

Nutt said the coaches are aware and concerned with the heat that Mississippi has been experiencing lately. They'll monitor it as it concerns the football team and its preparations for the upcoming season.

"We've got to be very careful with the heat and weather," Nutt said, mentioning it's been hot here his first three seasons in Oxford but even moreso this summer. "It's extreme heat. We've got to be careful and take care of our guys. Got to get our team together and get them better each day."

Nutt then answered a few questions from those media assembled.

On Injured guys coming back: Marcus Temple and Joel Kight should be 100 percent. With Kentrell Lockett we've got to be careful. He's not limited a lot but we're going to be smart.

On moving some players to linebacker: We're still looking and searching and thinking hard about that. I'm anxious to see the freshmen and what they bring. They don't look like freshmen. We'll see how that plays out. The first look is to the freshmen.

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On more accountability: We'll continue that. It was one of the best things we did in the offseason. Each teammate holds each other accountable. I think that was an awesome, awesome deal. That's where that investment and hunger came in. They want to be a part of something great. It's not a part-time thing, and we'll continue that.

On how the team is physically: We had a good summer. I don't get to watch in the summertime, but Coach Decker and his people say we're in really good shape. I', proud of their attitude and how they went about things.

On a timeline to name the starting quarterback: There's not a date in stone. The quicker the better. We'll see how this plays out. Competition is a coach's best friend.

On the heat concerns: We've been talking really hard that this a totally different heat. It's always hot here. But when you're over 95 or 96 consistently, put that helmet on, that's dangerous. This building is so valuable, and it will be used. We may go some days half outside and half inside. We may change our times some. I hope there will be a break in the weather. We'll monitor it hard and we'll keep our guys in mind. But it's a fine line. We play at 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 3. They (players) have been out in the heat this summer, and that's important.

On what they'll look at to separate the quarterbacks in preseason: The main thing is who takes care of the ball. Who makes the decisions of throwing the ball away, avoids disasters, distributes the ball to the tight ends, to the wide receivers consistently. We'll look at who has the best clock management. It will be a good competition among the three, and it's the guy who most consistently takes his team into the end zone that will be the guy.

On the injuries to D.T. Shackelford and Tim Simon: Tim is still working hard and had a very tough injury. He had nerve damage, and that complicates it. He's not 100 percent, and we can't put him out there yet. As for D.T., if anybody could come back earlier than normal, it would be D.T. But we're going into these first few games knowing we won't have him.

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