Georgia Prep Continues

The Rebels resumed preparations for Georgia Wednesday with all hands, but one, on deck. Spur Brishen Mathews is still out with a back injury, but everyone else returned.

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TB Enrique Davis. . . check.

QB Randall Mackey. . . check.

TB Brandon Bolden. . . check.

MLB Mike Marry. . . check.

All four of those Rebels, who had been amongst the walking wounded of late, resumed full-speed, or close, practices Wednesday.

The only Reb not able to go - besides LB D.T. Shackelford and RB Tim Simon, who are both out for the year - was Spur Brishen Mathews, who is suffering from a lower back problem.

The Rebs had another full-pad practice on hump day.

"We had another good work day today," said Coach Houston Nutt. "Wayne Dorsey continues to really to give us a lot of intensity not only on Saturday but in practice. He has become an awesome leader for us.

"Our secondary moved around real well today."

Nutt said Marry was limited in his reps, but he should be available for Saturday.

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"We are working him enough to get him into the gameplan and he's getting a lot of mental reps, but we are taking care of his body so he will be ready for the game," explained Nutt. "I was surprised he played as much as he did against Vandy, but he's a tough guy who wants to be out there.

"Enrique is better and I hope we can use him some this weekend. Randall was better today, but we will have Barry Brunetti ready just in case."

Random Notes:

* In the early going of practice, it appeared redshirt freshman Defensive Tackle Bryon Bennett, who did some noticeably positive things against Vandy, was running with the first team defense in front of Uriah Grant, who has started the first three games. If he's still number one when the Rebs line up for practice Thursday, it means he's likely to get the first start of his young career against Georgia Saturday. Grant will still figure heavily into the DT rotation, but Bennett is in line to start with senior Justin Smith at the other DT slot.

* PK Bryson Rose hit all five of his field goal attempts in live work Wednesday. They were all mid-range efforts - between 30-40 yards. The times the volunteer coaches were stating were also excellent. 1.3 seconds from snap to hold to kick is considered the standard. The GAs who were shouting out the times had the Will Denny to Chris Conley to Rose operation at 1.27 second at least twice in five tries.

* With Mathews out, Vincent Moss remains the backup at Spur to starter Aaron Garbutt. Vincent has played corner, safety and linebacker during his tenure at Ole Miss and has excellent speed. He's one of the fastest players on the team and the position - required to drop in coverage and run support like a linebacker - seems suited for his skill set.

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* As was the case last week, and was mentioned again Tuesday, Gerald Rivers remains number one at the Bandit end ahead of Kentrell Lockett, who apparently is still struggling in his comeback bid to get his explosiveness back after offseason knee surgery. Don't be surprised if the Rebels give the Bulldogs some different personnel packages on the DL this weekend. "Kentrell moved better today," said Nut. "That was good to see. We need him."

* Freshman OL Aaron Morris apparently made a good enough impression on Tuesday to remain the number one left guard on Wednesday in practice. Morris is being lauded for his excellent feet, strength and athleticism, but as the coaches said yesterday, get in the playbook, big man. "His head is spinning a little bit, like we thought, but he's really doing a good job," Nutt added.

* As Nutt mentioned, MLB Mike Marry, who was in a walking boot yesterday, was back at practice Wednesday. In the first four periods - all the media is allowed during the season - Marry appeared to be moving around well. Mike is one of the leading tacklers in the SEC so far.

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