Practice Report: Thursday

The Ole Miss Rebel coaching staff has preached tempo, intensity and precision this week in getting ready for the 10th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Today was the final day of full-speed practice. How was the week? Read about it inside.

"This was one of our better weeks of practice," said Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron. "The guys were paying attention to detail and flying around on defense. We're looking forward to the game."

The Rebels take on Georgia at 8 p.m. (central time) Saturday in Oxford. The Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the nation and have the fourth-rated scoring defense in the country, allowing just 6.25 points per game.

Coach O mentioned yesterday that WLB Rory Johnson may draw his first start as a Rebel. Ditto on RS frosh WR Michael Hicks. Does that still stand?

"I don't know about Michael yet, but Rory will probably start," noted Coach O. "We still have some film work to do before we make our final decisions, but both have had good weeks."

O stated yesterday that RT David Traxler would not play against Georgia. Now, it appears there's a chance - just a chance - he may be able to go.

"David's injury is not as bad as we originally thought so he may play," O stated. "If not, we will move Andrew Wicker from left guard to right tackle and move Thomas Eckers up to starting left guard in Wicker's slot.

"We are a little banged up on the OL. David's not 100% and C Corey Actis has missed a couple of days of practice, but he was back today and we expect him to play. We're just thin up front on both sides of the ball, but we're going to get something done."

Last week, frosh PK Joshua Shene kicked his first field goal as a collegian and went 1-2 on the night in FGs.

"We are staying with him. We are going to give him a real shot. He missed the first one, but he went back in later and made the second attempt, which was good to see," O said.

Georgia PR Mikey Henderson is a concern for O and the Rebels.

"We have to do a great job of punting and covering that return guy they've got. He's excellent. We have to make something happen in special teams and try to gain an advantage there," he continued. "Our last couple of games, we have not had good field position. We cannot give Georgia good field position. We have to win the field position battle with our special teams."

The Rebels will have their normal walk-through tomorrow afternoon and then head to Tupelo to spend the night and part of Saturday before heading back to Oxford.

There will be no practice report tomorrow.

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