Perfect weather greeted the Rebels as they worked outside on the practice fields for Tuesday's practice in preparation for the annual Egg Bowl game with Mississippi State.
Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the workout, but that was all he could get out of his mouth before the media asked the most pertinent question looming over his team right now - how is Quarterback Jevan Snead's shoulder?
"He threw a little bit today and did alright," Nutt said. "He got some limited reps and had a good practice. He is on track to where we want him to be. We expect him to play Friday."
Nutt said the players, maybe more than him, understand the importance of the Egg Bowl.
"It's pride, it's in-state rivalry. The players on each team know each other. It's important for a lot of reasons and you know it's important to Mississippi State so you better be ready to play your best against them," said Nutt.
* Two Rebels were among the three finalists named today for the Conerly Trophy. One of senior Left Tackle Michael Oher, senior Defensive Tackle Peria Jerry and Millsaps QB Juan Joseph will win the award at a ceremony at Clarksdale Country Club December 2nd. The honor is bestowed upon the best collegiate football player in Mississippi as voted on by fans and the media. . . "Both of them have been really good and both have been SEC linemen of the week multiple times," Nutt said. "I'm glad Mike came back for his senior year - he's had a good one - and I think Peria is worthy of Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC. I know I am partial, but every day he brings it every play. He's an All-American to me."
* Cornerback Marshay Green was help out of practice Tuesday with a foot injury. He was wearing a boot on his left foot. He attended practice. What are the options without Green? Cassius Vaughn and Dustin Mouzon would be the starting corners and Jeremy McGee would be the third corner against the Bulldogs, most likely. Mouzon replaced Vaughn as the starter in the past two games, but Vaughn has started nine games this year. . . In the punt return game, which Green normally handles, Dexter McCluster will most likely field the kicks, but today Mike Wallace, Brandon Bolden and Derrick Herman were also fielding punts in practice. . . But Nutt is hoping all that "what if" scenario is for naught. "He has a heel spur, but we hope he will be able to practice tomorrow," Houston stated. "I look for him to be ready to go Friday. I know we want him back because he's gotten a lot better lately and he competes hard. Marshay is important to our defense."
* Monday, we reported senior Left Guard Darryl Harris was working with the number one offense in front of Reid Neely. That was the case again Tuesday, but there were no other depth chart changes - other than at corner - on either side of the ball.
* Last week against LSU marked the return of senior Tight End David Traxler, who had missed a few games with a nagging back injury. It was uncertain how much Trax would be able to play, but he got quality snaps against LSU - without pain - and is working out again this week preparing for the Bulldogs. Even though Trax is back in action, Bradley Sowell, who was moved from OT to TE when Traxler was injured, is still working at tight end.
* When Nutt was hired to take over the Rebel program, he said you spell 'fun' w-i-n. He just mean that literally. Last night, he took the entire team to the bowling alley for some team fun. . . "We had the whole place to ourselves and just had some fun," said Nutt. . . Captain Chris Adams led Team Adams to the tournament championship with a 130 average (that is not a typo). Team members were Adams, Zane Allcorn, Julian Whitehead, Rudy Wilson, Leyton Jones, Will Cale, Hubert Davis and Brandon Sanders. . . . Second place went to Team T.J, with Terrell Jackson as the captain, with a 123 average. Team members were Jackson, Johnny Brown, Josh Tatum, Greg Hardy, George Helow, Brandon Johnson, Fon Ingram and Jeremy McGee. . . Third place went to Team Meadows, Ben Meadows captain. Meadows, Bryson Rose, Wesley Phillips, Martin Fisher, Case Cooper, Mike Johnson, Rodney Steen and Griffin Littlefield with a 108 average. . . Well, it wasn't the scores that mattered, thank goodness. A good time was had by all, which was the whole objective.
Practice Report: Tuesday
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