Wednesday practice report

Coach Ed Orgeron put the Rebs through a situational workout today in preparation for Saturday's practice. Saturday's practice/scrimmage will be open to the public, will begin at 10:45 a.m. and will "probably" be held in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Read about today's workout inside.

It was situation Wednesday for the Rebels today in a 2 1/2 hour workout in full pads.

"We went through every special situation you can think of - sudden change, short yardage, overtime - you name it, we did it," said Orgeron. "It was needed and good work. We just wanted a practice where we covered all the bases and all the things that can happen in a football game."

Coach O said the defensive side of the ball played very well most of the practice, but the offense did well at the end.

"The defense had a good day, but we had some great competition at the end of the day. The offense competed well at the end," he explained. "I was very pleased with the defense throughout the practice."

As has been the case most of spring, Orgeron's attention turned quickly to sophomore Defensive End Peria Jerry.

"Peria's motor is so much better than it was a year ago. He has come a long way in understanding our tempo. In fact, he's setting the tempo of the practices most days," Coach O noted. "He's playing defense the way defense should be played - fast, quick, strong, aggressive. I wish we had four just like him along that forward defensive wall."

Orgeron said Jerry is the type of player you can "build a defense around."

"He can play any position on the defensive line and has proven to us this spring that he can handle defensive end. We know he'd be a good nose tackle or DT," Coach O explained. "He may end up inside if some of the inside guys don't come on strong before August practice begins. We just don't know yet. All we know is that Peria will be in the lineup and has a chance to be a force, a dominant player."

Orgeron said Jerry's play has not only set the tone for the defense, it has helped sophomore OT Michael Oher get better in a hurry.

"They go against each other every day. They did some one-on-one pass protection today and Michael got a couple of real good shots in on Peria. You build a program by big man on big man competition and those two are competing. It's fun to see their progress and see them go at each other every day. They will both benefit from it," he continued.

Orgeron said CB Dustin Mouzon, who missed last Saturday's practice with an injury, is back at practice but "he's only about 60%."

Tailback Mico McSwain will miss the rest of spring training, which only has four more practices - Saturday, next Monday, next Wendesday and the April 8 Grove Bowl.

Saturday's workout, which will have some scrimmaging, will be open to the public, will begin at 10:45 a.m. and will "probably" be in the stadium. There will be a coaches' convention going on Friday and Saturday as well.

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