Practice Report: Wednesday

The Ole Miss Rebel football team practices one day a week during game weeks in full pads. Today was that day as the Rebs prepare for invading Wake Forest this Saturday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at 5 p.m. Read what Coach Ed Orgeron thought of the workout inside.

"We worked on third-down situations and did more ball security drills today," said Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron after a two-hour full-pad workout.

Coach O was pleased with the practice session, but dropped a bit of injury news in his opening statement.

"It looks like (RT) Darryl Harris is going to be out for a while. That puts (David) Traxler in there at RT," O continued. "Trax played OK against Kentucky. He's functional in there and did a pretty good job last weekend. It's an experience thing - Darryl has it, David doesn't - yet, but we'll see how he does again Saturday."

Earlier in the week, O praised backup NT Brandon Jenkins for his play against the Wildcats last weekend. Has he seen that trend of solid play continue with Brandon in practice this week?

"Brandon has had a good week of practice. I have seen some things he's doing better and he's producing," Coach O noted. "That's good news for us because we need him. The backup nose tackle the past two weeks (with Peria Jerry not practicing) has been Antonio Turner. I kid you not. Antonio is a linebacker and he's been taking reps at NT for us in practice."

Coach O said he's seen improvement in ball security this week. They've certainly worked it hard enough after five turnovers against Kentucky.

"They are doing a better job of protecting the ball and we have worked hard on it, but we have to carry that over to the game," he explained.

In Monday's press conference, Orgeron said he's got to get more out of his secondary. Did that come around some this week, in his opinion?

"They are doing well in practice, but that's not good enough. We have to do it in a game. We will get tested again. We will have some one-on-one matchups that we will have to win," he continued.

Orgeron was asked about the progress of LEO Chris Bowers, who has been injured.

"Chris practiced some today. He's coming along. I hope he can play Saturday. It looks like he can. That's good news for us. He will help," Orgeron closed.

The Rebels will practice in helmets and shorts tomorrow and put the finishing touches on the full-speed practices for the week.

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