Herrick happy to have opportunity

The Ole Miss quarterback quandary is ongoing, but Michael Herrick believes that the position will be productive for the Rebels this season. And until the announcement is made, Herrick will continue to word toward being the person whose name is called.

The two seniors in Seth Adams and Brent Schaeffer receive the most attention, but the reserved redshirt freshman is confident in his abilities. Herrick is receiving an opportunity, and that is all that he's asking for.

"It is just one day at a time," Herrick said. "They haven't named a guy yet, and even though it is with the second team, I am getting a lot of reps and a lot of opportunities. I'm trying to do the best I can everyday and get better each time out."

The quarterbacks were put on display for Meet the Rebels Saturday but a clear-cut winner has still not surfaced. Adams is the leader and remained that way after a 13-23 performance, but the Holly Springs native began with a lackluster 1-6 streak. Schaeffer's day finished 1-6, although he did make the most of his one completion with a 38-yard touchdown strike to Markeith Summers.

Herrick struggled as well by going five-of-13 for 53 yards. The day was less than spectacular for all three, but there was a silver lining. No interceptions were recorded either. The lack of negative plays is a concentration for the quarterbacks during camp.

"Limiting mistakes is one of the things that we are working hard on this year," Herrick said. "We know to make sure not to turn the ball over and to not necessarily be conservative, but throwing the ball away or getting a minimal gain is a lot better than an interception where you force the football."

Other than taking care of the ball, Herrick also thinks he can also handle the mental aspect of the job.

"I'm just trying to do what they tell me to do and be ready when they need me. I think I'm pretty smart and feel like I understand the offense. Knowledge and understanding is such a big part of it."

The talk seems to hover toward being conservative, but Herrick acknowledges that opening up the offense will be paramount. Opposing defenses will concentrate on stopping Ole Miss' potent running game until being forced to respect the pass.

"Obviously with our running game like it is, they are going to stack the box until we prove that we can throw a little bit. We need to make plays and, with the wideouts, take the pressure off the backs.

"The group of backs help a lot and open up the playaction part of the offense. The defense will be so worried about BenJarvus (Green-Ellis) and those guys, so we will have it a little easier because of how good they are."

But no matter how talented the backfield is, quarterback play will determine the success of the offense.

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