* We mentioned it many times, but it's worth another reiteration as August camp ends and the regular routine of school and football begins. We don't have an inkling how this season is going to start or end, but one thing that has been crystal clear since last spring, through the summer, and through August camp - this Ole Miss Rebel football team has a different, better attitude and approach than last year's squad. The overused terms "team," "togetherness," "unity," and "chemistry" have all applied. In a league and age where a lot of things are equal, sometimes what separates the winners from the losers are those qualities. To this point, the Rebels have those attributes and they should pay dividends.
* In three decades of publishing The Ole Miss Spirit, we've seen a lot, but we can't ever recall a quarterback race this tight for this long. Even the coaches seem a little surprised that there has not been a clear "winner" for the starting slot - yet. Unlike us, as fans, however, QB Coach David Lee isn't hitting the panic button. Why? Well, David is not one to pull punches when addressing the media and he has stated repeatedly he believes all three can win games for Ole Miss. Trust us, as blunt as he is in answering questions, he would not say that if he did not believe it. And he doesn't seem overwhelmed with the task of sorting it all out or the least bit frustrated that the race has taken this long. His stance in this process has been a study in the art of patience and patience was what was, and is, needed. With Lee's steady hand, it says here he will get the most out of the position the available talent allows, even if it's not on what some consider a traditional timetable. Our take on the QB battle? Well, since you asked, it's clear Lee is looking for the guy who makes the least mistakes, runs the huddle effectively, utilizes the available weapons at his disposal, directs traffic the best and doesn't beat himself. Once he figures that out, he will mold the offense, to a certain extent, around that QBs' strengths. Who will that be? So far, our pecking order changes just about on a daily basis.
* The Rebel defense is clearly faster than it was a year ago, just about at every position. That was a must, but the SEC is both power and speed. With that in mind, it's imperative that a few of our more physical players get healthy. DT Uriah Grant, DT Gilbert Pena, OLB Damien Jackson, LB Ralph Williams, DE Jason Jones and LB Joel Kight, who all either missed or were limited in Saturday's scrimmage due to injury, all pack a punch. The Rebel 'D' needs that punch. The good news is that none of the injuries, with the exception of the uncertainty of Jones' knee, are said to be serious. With a little more time, and a little luck, they should all be ready to go for the opener against BYU.
* It appears the coaches are opting for more speed in the secondary with the move of Charles Sawyer to one of the safety positions. That was basically verified when Damien Jackson and Aaron Garbutt were moved from safety to OLB.
* How about big Terrell Brown at DT? That's been experimented with the last few days. One, nobody is going to move him out. Two, he takes up a lot of space. It may work in spots.
* Maybe our eyes were deceiving us, but we swear we saw Sam Noblin at rush DE in Saturday's scrimmage. Sam has been playing OLB since spring.
* The kickoff team is pure speed with a couple of LB types thrown in: Vincent Moss, Garbutt, Pendleton, Frank Crawford, Serderius Bryant, Lewis, Brishen Mathews, Prewitt, Derrick Herman and Sawyer. Also, some of the "tougher" speed guys.
* They get little ink, but their importance cannot be measured or undervalued. TE Ferbia Allen and FB H.R. Greer go unnoticed a lot, but they are steady and are the glue on the offensive side of the ball. Very valuable.
* Since they haven't gotten a lot of work in the open scrimmages, and not a ton in practices, it's easy to overlook TB Brandon Bolden and TB Jeff Scott, but there is a reason they are not getting a lot of reps. They are too valuable to risk injury and really have very little to prove.