Thursday Tidbits

The Rebels wrapped up preparations for Saturday's 11:20 a.m. SEC match with Arkansas Thursday afternoon with a workout in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The theme for practice this week, as the Rebels prepared for Saturday's contest against Arkansas, was "filling in some holes" left by the injuries to DE Wayne Dorsey and CB Marcus Temple.

"When you wake up Sunday morning and realize you don't have two captains and two guys who were making a lot of plays, it doesn't really hit you until you go to practice," said Coach Houston Nutt after Thursday's workout. "We've been working hard to fill those spots."

At defensive end, it appears the Rebs will go with Jason Jones and Cameron Whigham to take Dorsey's place, but don't count out Uriah Grant, who played DE against Alabama but is normally a defensive tackle.

"We need everyone to step up," Nutt continued. "They've tried to take up the slack this week in practice. We think we have a good rotation figured out at defensive end. We know we will have to get some pressure on (Hog QB) Tyler Wilson, so we've worked on that hard this week."

At corner, the Rebs will play Charles Sawyer some in Temple's spot, but they will also lean heavily on freshman Senquez Golson.

"Senquez has had a very good week and has shown good improvement," said Nutt. "He did not like being a (Trent Richardson) highlight film last week and has been very conscientious this week. I'm proud of him.


Senquez Golson
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"Charles will play safety and corner. Cody Prewitt had successful surgery on his hand this morning, but we'll have to wait and see if we can club his hand up and get anything out of him. That will be a game time decision. Wesley Pendleton has had a good week. If we have to, we can also put Snoop (Nick Brassell) back there."

On the offensive line, Evan Swindall will start at center and frosh Aaron Morris will start at left guard. Bradley Sowell, Bobby Massie and Matt Hall will take their usual positions to round it out.

"We've got A.J. Hawkins ready to play center or guard and Tank (Washington) to back up at tackle," Nutt stated. "We need them to have a good game up front. Randall (Mackey) has had a good week, but we have to give him time to set his feet and we have to give these backs some lanes to run through."

It appears the Rebels will go with two freshmen - Donte Moncrief and Brassell - at wideouts in the starting positions.

"We will start them, but Tobias (Singleton), Collins Moore and Ja-Mes (Logan) will all get work as well. Derrick Herman will start in the slot," Nutt stated.

Besides being playmakers, Temple and Dorsey were also leaders. Nutt said that role has been taken up by two or three Rebels, most notably MLB Mike Marry.

"Mike has always been a leader with his character and his work ethic, but he's been more of a leader this week, which we need," Nutt closed.


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