Ashlee Palmer glad to get spring started

Ashlee Palmer started all 11 games for Ole Miss at linebacker last season. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound senior led the Rebels in total tackles, interceptions, pass breakups, and fumble recoveries.

In a way, that was then and this is now. The Rebels finished with a 3-9 overall mark and an 0-8 Southeastern Conference mark.

Since then a new coaching staff has begun the turnaround from losing to winning. Palmer saw today as a whole new ballgame for the Rebels in a lot of ways.

"I thought things went great," said the Compton, Calif., native in his second season with the Rebels after playing for Compton Community College. "We had a good practice today, and it was good to get started."

Palmer said there were the usual mistakes and miscues on day one, and he's anxious to get back out on the field Friday and improve - that goes for both him and his teammates.

"We'll watch film and correct some things," he said. "We're just getting used to a new defense. It's really not that much different than what we're used to. But there is a more 'go play' type atmosphere. Last year it was more what the offense dictated for us. This year we just go play football."

Palmer likes that, and he likes what's being taught by the new coaching staff.

"There's more teaching going on," he said. "There's a lot of help (from the coaches). They are out there on the field with us doing things with us and running drills with us. It really is fun to be getting started this spring."

Palmer, who had 89 total tackles in 2007, said the spring will be invaluable for the Rebels as the players and coaches learn more about each other and come together as one team.

"We're getting some experience out there," he said. "We're growing. I think things will continue to be better than last year as we keep working and improving."

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