Nothing To Lose?

Some would say the Rebels have nothing to lose when they face off against Louisiana Tech Saturday in a homecoming tilt. How will they respond?

Rebel Fullback H.R. Greeer says the Rebels are playing for pride, implying they could be a very dangerous opponent.

Since there will be no postseason play due to a guaranteed losing record, and their head coach and position coaches will be gone in three weeks, they will certainly be playing with a "nothing to lose" attitude.

Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt said he's seen teams in the same situation react differently.

"Sometimes, teams in our position come out guns blazing and play their best game. Sometimes, they don't play with much fire. You never really know," said Nutt. "We'll just have to wait and see how this team responds, but they have had a good week of practice, they have worked hard and they have done what we have asked of them. I look for us to play well. These are good kids. They want to win. They will play hard."

From casual observations, it does appear the team is more loose and more relaxed. There seems to be less pressure on them.

How will that translate to the playing field? As Nutt stated, there's no way to call it, but if H.R. is correct, look for a good effort against Louisiana Tech.

Louisiana Tech enters the game on a four-game winning streak and the bookmakers have installed them as a three-point favorite over the Rebels.

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"This is a team that can really move the ball. We have got to do a good job of keeping everything in front of us," Nutt explained. "We need to create some turnovers.

"On offense, we have to play our best game. We need to keep our defense off the field as much as possible. This team scores in bunches. They lit up Fresno and Houston and played Mississippi State to overtime. They have a good football team and we will have to do a good job."

Random Notes:

* It appears as if freshman LB/DE C.J. Johnson will get more playing time, and a possible start, against Tech. Nutt says he has earned it. "C.J. has gotten better in the last three weeks," said Nutt. "He's made a surge and it's time to give him more game snaps."

* Junior Tight End Jamal Mosley was still sidelined Thursday with a meniscus problem in his right knee. It was thought he might be able to run some Thursday, but that has been delayed, if all goes well, until Friday. "It doesn't look good right now, but we are still hopeful. It's hard to play when you get no work all week, but maybe he can give us something," Nutt stated. "We will go with Ferbia Allen and Layton Jones. If necessary, we can always fall back on (FB) E.J. Epperson in an emergency. If we need him, he can fill in there."

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* Defensive End Cameron Whigham sat out Tuesday and Wednesday with a concussion sustained in the Kentucky game, but he returned to practice Thursday and will be available for the game.

* Another freshman, Keith Lewis, is anticipated to get more playing time as well. Keith is already on most special teams units, but look for him to split time with Aaron Garbutt at the Spur slot.

* Freshmen Nick Brassell, Aaron Morris, Serderius Bryant, Cody Prewitt, Donte Moncrief and Senquez Golson are also anticipated to either start or get significant playing time.

* Junior Placekicker Bryson Rose should have a chance to tie the SEC record in consecutive field goals this weekend. Rose has hit 17 in a row. The SEC mark is 18. On a team that has been inconsistent overall, Rose has been the epitome of consistency, in fact, for a long time he has been the definition of perfect.

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