Wednesday Practice Report

Ole Miss opted to practice outside in cold winds and a heavy mist today instead of using the IPF because the weather conditions for Saturday's Egg Bowl could be similar.

"We wanted to have some wet ball work before Saturday so today was perfect. The mist and light rain made the ball slick and hard to handle. I thought the players adjusted to the conditions fairly well," said Coach David Cutcliffe. "We had some dropped passes early, but after the kids adjusted, we had pretty good work."

The Rebels went through a normal Wednesday workout, concentrating on fine-tuning Saturday's gameplan and working a lot against the expected MSU looks on both sides of the ball. The scout team did a nice job today of giving the varsity as good a look as possible.

"It is very difficult to simluate game speed, but I thought our scout team did a good job today of working the guys who will be playing Saturday. We talked a long time Monday about each individual doing his best to help this senior class go out as winners," Cut continued. "I think it means a lot to everyone on this team that these seniors leave with a good taste in their mouths in their final game. This has not been a good season, but we can give these seniors an appropriate memory."

We were around a lot of the players today since there are no classes and we were interviewing players at the IPF. The main focus of just about every player we talked to today was "winning one" for the seniors.

"All that is on my mind is making sure my mentors go out as winners. It's the only way I can thank Rob Robertson, Brian Lester and the rest of the seniors for what they have meant to me," said sophomore LB Patrick Willis. "We put our heart and soul in every game for our school and for our team, but Saturday our hearts will be in it for the seniors."

On the injury front, WR Bill Flowers (sprained ankle yesterday) did not practice today. He is questionable for his final game. He has substantial swelling in the ankle, but is undergoing extensive treatment. . .

It wasn't clear yesterday if OT Bobby Harris (knee/ankle) would play against Mississippi State or not. Today, Bobby worked out to test his injuries and looked OK. He favored that leg a little, but had good movement and was working with the number one team, which is an indication the coaches and trainers have faith he will play. . .

DE Cory Robinson (neck) worked out today and appeared to be fine. He is listed a probable for his final game. . .

DE Corvelli Haynes (shoulder) is questionable for the game, but he did practice today and said he's going to try to play against State. . .

SS Kelvin Robinson (knee sprain) is expected to play against the Bulldogs, but he has not practiced much this week. The trainers are putting him through intensive rehab this week, but he is expected to practice tomorrow. . .

There are other players fighting through the bumps and bruises of the season and of the LSU game, but they are expected to play, i.e., LB Garry Pack (shoulder), DT Andrew Wicker (knee), C Chris Spencer (back pain).

Sophomore CB Trumaine McBride missed yesterday's practice due to a death in his family and the subsequent funeral, but he returned to practice today.

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