Injuries Mount

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said Wayne Dorsey and Marcus Temple had surgery Sunday morning in Jackson. Other than those two, the Rebels were bumped and bruised a bit.


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"We have a lot of soreness, but otherwise pretty good," said Nutt, whose team is 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Southeastern Conference play. "Both those guys had surgery this morning in Jackson and both were season-ending injuries. They were really good players and good captains, and they've done a lot for us. Besides that, everybody's pretty much just sore."

Nutt said the alternatives for those two at their positions are still being discussed.

"We are still in the talking stages right now, but obviously, Gerald Rivers, Kentrell Lockett, C.J. Johnson, Cameron Whigham, Jason Jones and Carlos Thompson are who we are working with now at DE. At corner, we now have Wesley Pendleton and Senquez Golson. There is a possibility of Charles Sawyer going back to corner. We've just got to wait and talk these things out and see what's best. We still have Snoop (Nick Brassell) going both ways. He had about 30 plays on defense and 25 on offense, so we've got it going pretty good. That's a hard transition during the game. When he is full speed like he was in the first half, he's a real, real threat. You could tell when he was getting worn down at the end."

Other Notes from Nutt:

On Uriah Grant playing defensive end Saturday night and the possibility of keeping him there:


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"We're going to keep talking about that. He did some good things at the end spot. We wanted to him to really use his weight going against that big tight end they had. But we'll just have to see what the best combination is. He may go back inside. We've just got to wait and see."

On Charles Sawyer moving to corner, if it happens:

"That would give Cody Prewitt more opportunity to play to go along with Damien Jackson and Frank Crawford. They'll get a good look."

On Wayne Dorsey's impact this season:

"He's been an excellent leader and captain. He played hard in every ballgame he's been in this year. We'll really miss him. And Temple played the ball better this year than he ever did last year. He knocked a post pattern down yesterday. These guys will be severely missed. They're good players and played every play. Wayne really had the most plays of the defensive linemen."

On Center Evan Swindall and LG Patrick Junen:

"I thought Swindall really, really held his own out there. He worked hard, competed hard and did a good job on snapping the ball. Patrick did some good things too. There were times we missed some blocks there against the best of the best, but I loved the effort. In the first half, we looked like a real ballclub moving against those guys, especially the first series. We'd like to finish things. Give Alabama credit. They're very, very good. They don't give up much."

On negativity around the program:

"I don't know, I don't worry about that. I'm just going to keep talking to our guys about playing as hard as they can and with great effort. Everybody trying to get better and focused on things that we can control."


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