Baby J ready to go

John Jerry, the soft-spoken right guard for the Rebels, was suspended for one game (Alabama) for undisclosed reasons. Everything is cool now and Baby J. is ready to get back in the action, but he knows he'll have to earn his starting spot back. Read about it inside.

Ole Miss Right Guard John Jerry said it's all in the past and there's no need talking about it.

Of course, he was talking about his one-game suspension that cost him playing in the Alabama game.

"I't all in the past. We don't carry things over as a program or individually. What's done is done - move on," Jerry said. "I understand where Coach O is coming from and he understands where I am coming from. End of story."

Baby J is one of the last players on the team you'd think would get a suspension, for any reason, but being soft-spoken does not mean a fire is not burning and his emotions do not run high. When it comes to football, he's quite vocal and extremely passionate.

That's why there are no hard feelings from whatever happened last week to cause the benching.

"Everything is fine with John. He's a competitor and a leader on our OL," said Coach Ed Orgeron. "One act does not change that."

Jerry said he obviously wanted to be on the field against Alabama, but understood the decision and tried to make the most of it.

"I saw guys flying around against Alabama. It was tough sitting out, but the whole time I was talking guys up and helping any way I could. I just knew we were going to win that game," he said. "I wasn't going to sit on the sidelines pouting or being negative toward the situation or the team. I'm part of the team, so I'm going to do whatever I can to help."

The OL turned in what OC Dan Werner called "their best game" without Big John. Does that motivate him to do even more?

"I could see that developing in practice last week. Everyone practiced well, so we expected to play well. I'm motivated every week to compete and play well," he stated.

As of Wednesday, John had not regained his starting status ahead of senior Thomas Eckers, who took his place during the suspension.

"Coach O isn't going to give you anything. I will have to earn my spot back and battle for it," John added. "The focus is strictly on beating Arkansas, no matter who is out there."

John said Arkansas is salty on their defensive line and the Rebs have their work cut out for them.

"They are real good up front. This is going to be a great, four-quarter game. All four of their starters stand out on their defensive line. They are good," he continued.

Orgeron was asked earlier in the week if he had ever entertained the thought of moving John to the DL alongside brother Peria. His response was "every day." John said he would be game for that if it would help the team.

"Coach O would not force me, or anyone, to do something they did not want to do, but I would do it for the team if he thought it was best," Jerry added. "I played defensive lineman in high school and it would be cool to play next to Peria.

"We battle each other every day in practice now. A Jerry always wins."

John's full name is John Wayne Jerry.

You get the feeling he will sidle into "town" this weekend and help thwart the bad guys, just like the movie cowboy hero of yesteryear.

That is his goal.

"Like I said, I just want to help the team and put last week behind me. We took a tough loss last week. Now we want a win and the past is the past," he closed.

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