Practice Report: Rebs search for improvement

Every Rebel on the team knows what has to be done - they have to execute the plays that are available better than they did against Memphis Saturday night. Monday, Ole Miss made an effort to correct that flaw in a spirited practice.

The Ole Miss football team spent some extra time in the meeting rooms reviewing film today and got a late start on a shorts and helmets practice, but once they got on the field they were all business. The atmosphere was centered completely around correcting mistakes from Saturday night and the team was responsive, focused and attentive.

"We got better today," said Coach David Cutcliffe. "That was our goal - to correct the things that went wrong Saturday and start focusing on some things Alabama does on both sides of the ball. I was pleased with today's work."

Cut talked of throwing and catching better today in his press conference. In practice, that surfaced for most of the passing drills, especially the throwing part. The receivers looked sharp early in some drills, but then got a slight case of butterfingers as the drills continued. The throws, by all QBs, were pretty much on the money today, in both pass scale and team pass drills. QB Micheal Spurlock, who had a poor throwing night against the Tigers, looked as sharp today in his mechanics of throwing the ball as he has all fall camp.

Backup Punter Wesley Bryan has turned out to be a valuable player on the team - potentially. The Rebs will only travel one placekicker and one punter to Alabama, but they also have a slot for a backup. Since Wesley can punt, kickoff adequately, hold and do some emergency placekicking if need be, he will most likely get that travel slot. In special teams drills today, his placekicking was a bit erratic, but when he missed, it wasn't by much.

The injury update is fairly mild. . . DT Daniel Booth - pulled calf muscle - returned to practice today on a wait-and-see basis. He worked in most drills today. The trainers will give him treatment tonight and check out the soreness factor in the morning before making a decision on tomorrow's practice. . . LT Bobby Harris - sprained ankle - has pretty bad swelling and was held out of practice. While he has made good improvement since Saturday, his participation in the Alabama game is doubtful. . . WR Kerry Johnson - broken hand - played last weekend with a broken hand sustained in practice last Monday. He was operated on today. His absence is day-to-day, but there is some hope he will be able to play against Alabama, believe it or not. . . .TB Jamal Pittman - hamstring pull - returned to practice today after missing most of last week.

FB Rick Razzano got back in the two-deep rotation today after sitting out last week due to being suspended. Rick took reps last week, but not as many as normal. He looks ready to go and you can tell he's anxious to play after missing the Memphis game.

Sidebar: LB Rob Robertson played nearly 90 plays against Memphis Saturday. Rob played most of the defensive snaps and was involved in two special teams, including punt team, which went to bat 10 times in the game. Ironman performance of the week - Rob Robertson.

In the wake of Bobby Harris' absence, RS frosh Darryl Harris took over at left tackle today with the number one unit. Tony Sanders, who has been the number two right tackle behind Tre' Stallings, was moved over to the left side to back up Darryl and Marcus Cohen was moved up to number two RT. He has been playing third team to this point.

Our early understanding is that we will see more of JUCO transfer Larry Kendrick this week against Bama. DB Coach Jay Hopson said it's time to throw him in the fire. Good news for Larry, hopefully bad news for opposing receivers.

The Rebs will work in full gear tomorrow in a fairly heavy practice.

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