Day two of Ole Miss football's fall camp produced a slightly better reaction out of Rebel Coach Ed Orgeron today.
The Rebs worked in helmets and shorts again and the practice lasted ropughly two hours. Unlike the opening day when the Rebels held a morning walk-through, there was only one practice today.
"We picked it up a little bit today. We're making progress in small steps, "said Orgeron. "I thought the offense had a little bit better day today overall. It looks like they are gelling and there were a couple of big plays made today."
Orgeron was asked about the freshmen who caught his eye. Frosh OL John Jerry was front and center in Coach O's mind.
"I thought John Jerry came along a little bit learning his plays," Coach O noted. "(DE) Marcus Tillman showed up a little bit. (S) Jamal Harvey and Allen Walker, who I mentioned yesterday, did well again today. Some of the young receivers looked good and (TB) Cordera Eason had a couple of big runs today."
Orgeron was asked about RB Derrick Davis, a freshman who is coming off a knee injury his senior prep season.
"He's practicing, but I think he still has a little ways to go," O said.
The Rebels worked on placements some today. Orgeron was asked about freshman PK Joshua Shene.
"He did OK. He's alright," said Coach O. "That position is wide open. We will play the best guy there."
Inevitably, the Q & A has to turn to QB Brent Schaeffer.
"He did pretty good," Orgeron noted. "His conditioning is pretty good. Our guys work here all summer so I can't expct anyone who doesn't work out with us to be in the same shape as our guys who did, but he's not bad at all. His conditioning is beter than I expected with him not being here this summer. He's a good athlete.
"He throws the ball well, scrambles well and is very confident, like I said yesterday. He seems to learn his plays well. (OC) Dan (Werner) is hapy with his progress. We are going with the installation (of the offense) as planned with no problems. He's working with the ones."
On managing the backup QBs, Coach O said everyone gets the same amount of reps.
"Everyone gets equal reps. We get a lot of reps in and everyone gets their shot. Seth (Adams) is looking good right now - he's real consistent. I'm also really pleased with Michael (Herrick). I like the way he throws the ball. He's been throwing a football since he was two years old. I really like the way he operates in the pocket - he's very comfortable back there," Orgeron noted.
There is no injury news from today and Coach O said there will be no injury news unless a player gets an injury that will keep them out for a significant period of time. And there are no Rebels in that boat now, he said.
The standard every-day question for a while will revolve around the health of MLB Patrick Willis. Coach O said all is a go there.
"He's doing fine. We have to hold him back every once in awhile, but not much," O added.
The Rebels will work in shells - shoulder pads and helmets - tomorrow. Coach O said he's not sure when the first full day of pads will be.
Practice Report: Sunday
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