Three Suspended

When it rains, it pours. As if the Rebels weren't in enough turmoil and strife, QB Randall Mackey, TB Jeff Scott and Slot Korvic Neat have been suspended for the LSU game.

The hits, literally, for the beleaguered Ole Miss football team just keep coming.

It was learned earlier Tuesday, and confirmed by Coach Houston Nutt after practice, that starting QB Randall Mackey, TB Jeff Scott and Slot Korvic Neat have been suspended for at least the LSU game and most likely for the remaining two games of the year for breaking team rules.

This is Mackey's second suspension of the campaign.

"We have three guys suspended - Mackey, Neat and Scott - for breaking team rules," said Coach Houston Nutt. "I will not elaborate on what team rules were broken.

"Zack Stoudt and Barry Brunetti will both play at quarterback with Stoudt starting," said Nutt. "Philander Moore will have to step up in special teams and at slot to replace Neat and Brandon Bolden, Enrique Davis and Nick Parker are going to have to handle tailback."

Nutt said their suspensions are "disappointing."

"It's very disappointing. We are trying to teach them how to handle change, but it's tough, especially when things aren't going well. Some of them have let go," he stated. "We try to teach them that life can be hard and lessons tough, but there are no easy ways out or shortcuts. Finish and do right."


Zack Stoudt
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Despite that bad news, Nutt was pleased with the practice effort Tuesday.

"We went a little more ones against ones today," he said. "As you know, LSU is very physical and we are going to have to get physical with them. They run the same kinds of plays we do with powers, counters, zones and we have to be ready for that type of game."

Stoudt is anxious to get "back in the saddle."

"Good time to get the job back, huh?" Stoudt said wryly. "Really, though, this should be fun playing against the best team in the country. My goal is to be consistent, get the ball out, don't force things. Throwing it away is a good play. It's all about not making mistakes and keeping the offense on the field.

"I have learned a lot since my last start and game experience. I'm just going to go out and play. Protect the ball and things like that. I don't feel rusty. I think I will be able to get back in a groove this week by getting a lot of practice reps. I will be on top of the gameplan and I will get my timing back with the receivers this week."

Random Notes:

* Apparently, freshman Cornerback Senquez Golson, who had his first collegiate interception against Louisiana Tech, played well enough to garner a start against LSU. He was running with the number one defense Tuesday.

* Four other freshmen were with the number one defense as well: Safety Cody Prewitt, LB Serderius Bryant, DE C.J. Johnson and redshirt frosh DT Bryon Bennett were also with the top defensive unit.


Barry Brunetti
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* With Mackey out, Zack Stoudt was taking the quarterback snaps with the first team offense. "I'm really disappointed about Randall. We have spent a lot of time trying to improve him the last couple of months and it's sad for him and us, but we have to move forward," said Offensive Coordinator David Lee.

"We have a big game coming at us. We will start Stoudt and have Barry ready. I expect both to play. We have limited our protections to three and we will try to get the ball out as fast as we can because they have a great rush and great talent on defense. Their front is so good, so good."

* QB Barry Brunetti was suspended for academic reasons last Saturday, but he is back in good graces this week and was practicing Tuesday. "We gave Barry about 35% of the snaps today and he responded well. He wants to play - both quarterbacks do. He and Zack were like energizer bunnies out here today," said Lee.

* With Golson coming on strong in the last game, the coaches were able to move freshman Nickolas Brassell back to offense at wide receiver.

* TE Jamal Mosley missed last week with a minor knee injury, but he was at practice Tuesday and seemed to be going at full speed. He is anticipated to play against the Tigers. "Mosely looks good. Glad to have him back," said Nutt.

* With Neat out, look for senior Derrick Herman, Philander Moore and Collins Moore to take up the slack at the slot position.

* TE Ferbia Allen missed Tuesday's practice with a slight concussion. The hope is that he will be back in the fold Wednesday.

* Nutt said there will be a big group of recruits coming on campus this weekend. "We are going to be good ambassadors for Ole Miss," he said. "We are making sure they are going to come here and try to keep them with us (Ole Miss) the best we can."


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