Spring football practice notes

The Ole Miss Rebels continued spring practice Monday afternoon, and Coach Ed Orgeron said things moved along well in the workouts.

Two days after the Rebels' second major scrimmage of the spring, Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron was pleased with his team's work on Monday afternoon.

"We went back over some things from Saturday's scrimmage and made some corrections, both on offense and defense," said the second-year Rebel head coach. "Mostly on defense they were adjustments we needed to make. On offense we corrected a couple of blocking assignments and some blitz protections. So in practice today we threw a bunch of blitzes at our offense, and I thought they did a very good job of picking them up."

Orgerson said there was some continuity from the running game.

"There's no doubt about that," he said. "We have a good plan in our running game. We have some good runners, and our offensive line is coming along."

Orgeron said the tapes from Saturday's scrimmage revealed some outstanding play by several Rebels.

"Peria Jerry had four sacks," he said. "He had a dominating scrimmage. Robert Russell made some improvement at middle linebacker. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a good day. Robert Lane had another good day catching the football. All of them did a good job running the football. We were able to find us a tailback that could help us out."

That tailback was quarterback Bruce Hall.

"We made a decision on that last week," he said of moving Hall. "It was something we had to do because of the injury to Mico (McSwain). But we saw he could run the ball when he was at quarterback."

McSwain, according to Orgeron, will not be back on the field the rest of the spring.

Orgeron also said he hasn't been surprised with the results of the move for Hall. He knew he handle it.

"He ran the ball well (in the scrimmage)," Orgeron said. "He did a lot of it against the second defense, so there were some holes there. We'll keep watching him there, and we were pleased with how he ran it."

On defense, Orgeron said things are also progressing.

"Of course Jerry is coming along. Hayward Howard is up and down. Chris Bowers is doing about as good as possible there; he's just a little light. Jeremy Garrett is having a decent spring. We need some help there (DL). We're nowhere near where we need to be. B. Brown is improving and doing some good things."

Orgeron also said Seth Adams has helped the offense this spring.

"He's been a pleasant surprise (at QB). But after we watched the film (before Adams arrived at Ole Miss), we thought he did some things better than some of the guys we had on campus. We watched the film and said hey we might have found somebody there."

Orgeron says there are some positives for Adams.

"He's confident. He reads defenses well. He knows how to operate the offense and doesn't make that many mistakes."

The Rebels will practice again Wednesday.

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