Practice Report - Thursday

There was no hangover Thursday, as the Rebels put together their second straight day of solid practice for two hours inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Dressed out in shorts and soft shells, Ole Miss emphasized the fundamentals and went hard on special teams and situational drills. The Rebels will work out Friday morning before busing to Tupelo and flying to North Carolina.

"It was a real good Thursday, good concentration, and you have to have every bit of it when you go on the road against a team like Wake Forest," Houston Nutt said. "They play extremely hard, very disciplined, error free. We can't give them any gifts."

The Rebels focused on the kicking game before making sure everything was in order with red zone play and the two-minute drills. Also due to the possible inclement weather, work was done with wet footballs.

Cassius Vaughn was back with the first team, and Nutt said he "was fine" for Saturday.

Also, Peria Jerry continued to get work in. Jerry was breaking in his game shoes just in case. The plan is to let him try to go, and how he feels will predicate his playing time.

"It (Jerry playing) gives you a lot of energy," Nutt said. "Teammates get respect and credibility with one another. It lifts us up. He was voted a captain by his teammates. That helps, and he just makes plays."

With the Demon Deacons playing sound football, Nutt continued to emphasize ball control.

"No gifts, and we're in it, but Wake Forest hawks those gifts, and they are good at it."

• Wake Forest isn't incredibly large on the offensive line, but defensive line coach Tracy Rocker said that is by design. They look for athletes that are lighter and can move to fit the system. Wake simply doesn't recruit the 330-pound lineman often.

• Injuries and other circumstances can always change things, but here is a list of probable redshirts at this moment: LB Jason Jones, DE Gerald Rivers, OL Josh Tatum, K Bryson Rose, DE/TE Ferbia Allen, WR Melvin Harris, QB Nathan Stanley, DB Brandon Sanders, CB Julian Whitehead, S Jared Mitchell, TE E.J. Epperson, DB Lekenwic Haynes and FB H.R. Greer.

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