Practice Report: Dress rehearsal for Saturday

The Rebels went through their normal Thursday dress rehearsal practice, doing repetition after repetition after repetition in every phase of the game. After three good days of practice Monday-Wednesday, there was no need slacking off today, and the Rebs didn't.

This was a week of evaluation, a week of trying to get all the players on the same page and a week of getting some enthusiasm for the game generated. From our viewpoint, the players did their part in buying into what they were being told because they had their most productive practice week of the year.

"Like Coach Cutcliffe said yesterday, now it's a matter of transferring what we accomplished during the week to the game on Saturday," said Offensive Coordinator John Latina. "I feel good about it because we started the week off with a good practice on Monday and built from there. The players were attentive and tuned in all week. That's normally a good sign."

* While it was a good week of practice, there are still a bunch of questions left unanswered. Here are a few and our guesses for answers: Will Robert Lane get to play any? Robert got basicaly equal reps this week, but very few that we saw with the first team offense. He did split time with Micheal Spurlock with the number two offense, but it is clear Ethan Flatt will start. The coaches did not comment about any predetermined series for Spurlock or Lane. Our guess is that Robert will get a chance to play under two circumstances: the Rebs are way ahead or the other two are not moving the team. . . . Will LBs Patrick Willis and Garry Pack get more playing time? It appears they will. They were the number two tandem all week behind starters Brian Lester and Rob Robertson. Willis also got a lot of snaps with the number one defense. Willis will probably get plenty of snaps and Pack will probably get a few less than Patrick, but quite a few. . . Will Larry Kendrick get more PT at either S or WR? I don't look for Larry to play at wideout, but I do look for him to get in the secondary rotation more prominently. . . Will TB Alan Abrams get more snaps? Proportionately, probably not unless the Rebs get way ahead. Vashon Pearson is number one and coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. While Alan's stock rose versus Wyoming, Pearson's didn't drop. . .

Who is healthy and who is not? If today was any indication, it appears DT Daniel Booth may get his first action of the year after sitting out the first four games with a calf muscle injury. He worked with the number two defense today with DT McKinley Boykin, who has been slowed this week with a sore knee. It appears the starters at DT will be Andrew Wicker and Michael Bozeman, but it appears Chris Herring, also struggling with a calf muscle injury, will not play. Herring was not at practice today. . . CB Nate Banks, who sat out M-W with a minor knee injury, came back today. . . WR Bill Flowers said he is fine, but doctors and trainers are going to sit him for Saturday's game as a precaution. Bill had a lacerated kidney and has been out two games, counting the upcoming one. . . WR Mario Hill (bruised ribs) was in yellow all week, but he practiced full speed today and will be fine for Saturday. . . DT Jeremy Garrett (shoulder injury) was still in yellow today and is doubtful for Saturday's game.

Left Tackle Bobby Harris has missed two and a half games with a sprained ankle. This week, he returned and has taken back over his number one position on the OL. How long he will be able to go is an unknown right now. The original starting lineup from August will play Saturday - LT Harris, LG Doug Buckles, C Chris Spencer, RG Marcus Johnson, RT Tre' Stallings. If Bobby can't play a lot, Tre' will move to LT, Marcus will got to RT and Tony Bonds will move into the number one line at RG, same as the last two games.

* When the Rebel defense goes into a nickel look in the secondary, Bryant Thomas, who intercepted a pass from the corner slot at Wyoming, will replace SS Kelvin Robinson to give the Rebs a little more edge in coverage.

* There will be no practice report tomorrow.

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