Practice Report: Wednesday

The 1-0 Ole Miss Rebel football team continued their preparations for the Missouri game this Saturday in Columbia with a full-pad workout today. Coach Ed Orgeron was pleased with the effort the Rebels gave. Read about it inside.

Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron was subdued a little but quite upbeat following today's midweek practice as the Rebels prepare for Missouri.

"We had a good Wednesday practice," he said. "We went in full pads. We really zoned in on Missouri and worked on all their stuff. Nothing really unusual at practice today. That's about it."

Oregeron was asked about any improvements on the defensive side this week and what was being done to make things better on that side of the ball.

"We've worked on our tackling and we've worked on just doing things right," he said. "We've worked on the blocks that gave us problems. We're still a ways away on the defensive line. We have guys that are hurt and not practicing. There's no way to get better if you're not practicing. We've got some young guys in there and we'll do the best job we can until we get healthy."

Orgeron was asked about position changes to the other side of the ball for freshmen Markeith Summers and Daverin Geralds.

"They're doing OK," he said. "They're not ready yet. At least they're giving us a second team to line up."

Orgeron mentioned some younger guys he was planning on playing.

"I plan on playing (freshman DL) Greg Hardy. I plan on playing (freshman DL) Kentrell Lockett. But I'm not sure what's going to happen in the middle. I really don't know. It depends on what happens with the health in that situation."

Although he said freshman LB Jonathan Cornell didn't get any snaps against Memphis, he said he could play if needed.

"He's ready. He's ready to do it. It's just so hard to take Patrick out."

Orgeron was asked about preparing young players for their first road trip into hostile territory.

"We've talked about our methods and the way we do things. We have the older guys show them what to do. Really besides the bus ride and then getting on the plane, it's the same as what we do here (for home games)."

Although there was no direct question asked about anything said by any players from other teams, Orgeron was asked if he liked to use bulletin board material.

"No, we don't use that. We really don't allow that. We have a rule that we don't talk about the other team. We focus on ourselves. We know other stuff may occur, but we don't give that much thought at all."

Other comments from Orgeron after questions were posed:

On freshman running back Derrick Davis - "He's doing well. He's a very bright young man. I like him. He's going to be a good player for us, a great young man. Good student, good attitude, tough. Really happy to have him."

On the tight ends in practice this week - "Done well. They want to catch a couple of balls (in the games) rather than Dexter (McCluster) catching them all. But that was just the (first) game."

On how much more relaxed he was Sunday concerning his offense than he was last year - "About 200 times more. Really. I felt we would win the game because we could run the football. Even though we were struggling on defense, I knew our running game would help us to be OK."

On how much being prepared for new rules and new clock situations showed up and paid off in game one - "We just worked hard on it in practice. We were prepared for it and it was really no big deal. We have some veterans out there. They don't get rattled. They've been in big games and they know what to do."

Ole Miss and Missouri play at 11:30 a.m. CT Saturday in Columbia, Mo., a game to be shown live on Fox Sports Net and also Turner South.

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