Practice Report: Rebs wrap up Vandy preparation

Had the indoor practice facility been ready for use, the Ole Miss Rebels wouldn't have necessarily needed it today. Hurricane Ivan took a more easterly course after making landfall, and only clouds and some wind greeted the Rebels' two-hour practice session on the Hollingsworth Field turf.

The Rebels, in shorts and no pads, spent a great amount of time - perhaps half the practice today - on special teams. The drills included almost every possible scenario of special teams as the Rebs prepared for whatever circumstances they might face.

The team then divided into offense on the north end of the field against the scout team, while the defense did the same on the south end of the field.

Defensively the Rebels continue to be a bit banged up, especially along the defensive front.

Offensively the Rebels spent a lot of time on the passing game with all three quarterbacks getting a lot of reps. It was apparent that most of the first-team snaps were going to Ethan Flatt, although Micheal Spurlock also took quite a few snaps with the ones. Robert Lane was also in the mix. Afterwards, Flatt stayed around for a few minutes as well as a couple of receivers and worked on some routes.

There was a lot of chatter during the workout and the Rebels had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, some of that probably spurred on by the cool, breezy, overcast conditions.

The injury list is still notable: DT Micheal Bozeman (concussion) did not practice, will miss the game Saturday, and will be re-evaluated by doctors Monday; DT Chris Herring (calf muscle) did not practice today and most likely won't play Saturday; DT Daniel Booth (calf muscle pull) was limited today and may play; OT Bobby Harris (sprained ankle) practiced today; LB Brian Lester (pulled abdominal muscle) practiced today; S Brian Brown (pulled calf muscle) was limited at practice today; WR Taye Biddle (bruised quad) practiced today.

Offensive coordinator John Latina said it's been a good week of work for the Rebels.

"Our kids have worked hard this week," he said. "But they have every week. I do think they are starting to work smarter. Hopefully that will translate into execution. Our effort's been good in games. We just haven't executed. Our kids are hungry for a win and that's made them more focused, it seems. They've had a good, positive attitude this week. Hopefully that will carry over into a win on Saturday."

Defensive coordinator Chuck Driesbach concurred that preparation for another important SEC game has been excellent.

"I thought we had a good week of practice," Driesbach said. "The enthusiasm got better as the week went on. I've been pleased with how they worked. I'm ready for us to become good in the games and stop making mistakes. Then victories will come. To me, that's what it's all about."

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