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Kentrell Lockett, a wise veteran of life and football, believes there is fun to be had by maintaining composure and remembering the important things you're supposed to do. And he encourages that type of living to his teammates.

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"I just try to keep them out of trouble, and tell them not to go out," said Lockett, a fifth-year Rebel from Hahnville, La. "You don't have to go out to have a good time. I don't. I was at home watching TV (Monday night). I didn't know anything about (the trouble) until like midday today. So you don't have to go out and drink and party to have a good time. There are other ways to have a good time."

Lockett has worked hard to get back to playing condition. This is an important season for him and for his team. He wants things to go well. He says, personally, they are.

"I've felt good," he said. "Getting out there, there's nothing you can do to simulate football but to play football. You can run, you can jump, you can cut. But ain't nothing put a strain on your knees like an offensive tackle leaning on you, running to the ball, cutting to the ball."

Is he ready for a game again? BYU is 11 days away. Lockett says he's getting there.

"I feel in better football shape. I feel better when it comes to pushing off and the pressure that's being pushed back at me from the offensive linemen. I feel better; I feel like I can play a game now a lot better than compared to two weeks ago."

Logan likes Rebs' youthful receivers:

Ja-Mes Logan says he remembers doing well in last August's preseason camp, but this year he's much more ready for the wars of college football. And he's lending a hand, too.

Ja-Mes Logan
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"I've had a better camp than last year, except I actually made more plays last year," said the third-year sophomore from Houston, Texas. "This year I'm also in more of a coaching situation, since we have a young, young, young receiver corps. They are very talented, like Tobias Singleton, Nick Brassell, Donte Moncrief. Those guys are going to play. We as a team expect them to step their game up."

As for himself, Logan says it's all about repetition and experience.

"Conditioning and knowing more coverages, better coverages, than last year, too," he said of how his game has progressed at this level. "And just being more consistent. The coaches want us to be more consistent."

Speaking of coaches, there are two new ones that he works with – receivers coach Gunter Brewer and offensive coordinator David Lee. Logan speaks highly of both.

"He stays on you, man," he said of Brewer. "I'll tell you one thing, you can trust him. If a vet, an older guy, is doing something he's not supposed to do, he'll move you to the D group and let you get less reps. He's got an A group, B group, C group, D group. He's going to see how you're going to react. Are you going to step your game up, or are you going to sit over there and pout? He's been doing a very good job with that.

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"And Coach Lee wants you to bring your a game, even if we are going against air. He wants your A game, get off the ball, run to the line of scrimmage, get out of the huddle. He wants you to be crisp, no matter what the situation is."

Sawyer sees improved secondary:

Is Charles Sawyer a cornerback or a safety? How about both.

"I'm still with the corners, and things are good," said the third-year sophomore from Miami, Fla. "I've just got to get more comfortable playing (with the safeties). Everything happens so fast with safety. I'm just slowing it down a little bit."

Sawyer played in 12 games last season, starting four, and ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 49. He firmly believes the defensive backfield is better than last season.

"I think it's way better than last year," Sawyer said. "We're coming together. The leadership is better. We're competing against each other. There are more good athletes this year coming in than last year. We're competing hard."

Sawyer said he and the other defenders have taken to new secondary coach Keith Burns.

"Coach Burns says when you're competing against someone, it makes you better. He's a great coach. I love that he's here. He's taught me a lot since he's been here. He's an amped up guy. He's emotionally amped up, which I love about him. He opens up to you. He'll tell you when you do wrong, and he'll also praise you."

As for Senquez Golson staying on board and playing football rather than turning to professional baseball, Sawyer says the team is better for it.

"Senquez is good. He attacks the ball," Sawyer said. "He's going to be a good player here."

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