Practice Report: Thursday

The Ole Miss Rebels wrapped up their full-speed practices for the week in preparation for Saturday's Homecoming tilt against Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. Coach Ed Orgeron was happy with the 'postive' things that happened this week. Read about it inside.

"We had a real spirited practice today," said ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron after the Rebels had wrapped up this week's full-speed practices for the Vanderbilt game Saturday at 1 p.m. "Guys were out there ribbing each other, having fun and getting into it.

"Peria Jerry was back at practice today. Peria and Hayward Howard were practicing with the second team and made my second team DL look real good. It looked like we have a little more depth."

Yesterday, Orgeron said Maurice Miller "may" get a start at right tackle if he continued practicing well. Today, he said Mo will get the nod.

"We were pleased with his play in most instances. He still has some work to do, but he will start against Vanderbilt at right tackle unless something happens in the next two days to make us change our minds," O continued. "We did some some two-minute work today and Brent (Schaeffer) looked like he did a better job directing that. He looked like he understood the urgency and importance of it and it showed in the way he played.

"Dexter McCluster has made a lot of plays this week. I just feel positive about what's going on out there."

O said he's uncertain of Peria's status at this time.

"The rest has helped him some, but he's still hurt. He's still not there, but he's a lot better than he was," Orgeron stated. "I don't know if he is game ready or not. I think he could play, but I doubt if he will. We'll see."

Last week against Georgia, SS Jamal Harvey and SLB Jonathan Cornell got their first action and WLB Rory Johnson got his first start. How has their progress been this week and how do they figure in to the Vandy game?

"Jamal and Jonathan will play a lot. They will certainly be in what we consider our rotation, for sure," he noted. "Rory is our starter now. We can't worry too much about him now. There was a distinct difference in his play as a starter. I went back and looked at the Georgia film again this morning on the linebackers and he really stood out on a few plays."

O said SS Jamarca Sanford is "doubtful" for the Vandy game, which will leave B. Brown and Harvey to handle those duties.

On a bright note, he did say DE Greg Hardy, who fell earlier this week, practiced today and did fine.

"Greg practiced today and looked good. He's a tough kid, a great kid," Orgeron said. "When you get to know him, you will love him."

O said Vandy's offense presents the Rebs some problems, but he's excited about the challenge.

"Vanderbilt has an equalizer. Their QB, the way they run the option, the way they formation you and spread you out. It's similar to some things we have seen earlier in the year that have given us some problems," stated Coach O, "but I think we are better equipped to handle them now. We have more experience and can do some different things we could not do in the first couple of games. I think we are better at basic things we are doing and if we get hurt, we have some other things we can go to and execute better, I think. I think our guys are ready to handle some things they weren't able to handle earlier."

There will be no practice report tomorrow. The Rebs will have a walk-through tomorrow afternoon and then head for Tupelo to spend the night before arriving back in Oxford around 10:30 Saturday morning.

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