Thursday Practice Report

The clock is winding down toward the season opener at Memphis, and so are the Rebel practices. Read more inside.

Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt sent his troops through an indoor workout in the IPF Thursday afternoon because of showers in the Oxford area at the start of practice.

The second-year UM head coach wasn't too happy with things at Wednesday's practice. Thursday he walked over to the media with a smile on his face and a bounce in his step again.

"Really good concentration today; a really good practice," he said. "I was really excited about our guys' energy and concentration level from the kicking game all the way through practice. We had a good day."

The Rebels had no contact again today, going through the drills in shorts and shirts. The energy and enthusiasm was apparent from the outset.

The Rebels will go through one more light practice Friday, a walk-through situation as they head to Memphis on Saturday.

Random Notes

*** Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said the Tigers will have a good offensive attack.

"They're a well-coached football team, a team that can run the football. They averaged close to 200 yards a game a year ago rushing the football and 200-something yards passing. So you'll see a well-balanced team, ranked probably in the top 25 or top 20 in total offense.

Concerning Memphis' tall receivers, Nix said, "You can't defend size. You've just got to play your technique. You've got to play the way you're coached. You've got to play with your heart. If you can come up with the ball in your hands or keep the receiver from catching it, then you've done your job."

Nix said he expects DE Greg Hardy to be 100 percent. "We're counting on him playing in the ballgame."

*** Some fans had asked about the fastest football players on the squad. A consensus among some coaches is Dexter McCluster, Jesse Grandy, Marshay Green, Korvic Neat, Rodney Scott and Brandon Bolden.

*** TE Gerald Harris was jogging around the track today before the team started warmups. He didn't participate in many drills, mostly "mental reps," as Nutt called them. "I think he's going to be alright," Nutt said concerning Harris playing in Sunday's game against the Tigers. "It's one of those lingering things. It's not a big stretch. It's not a big pull. But I think he's going to be allright. It's one of those things that we said ‘Hey, let's just don't restrain anything today.' He know what to do. We want him to get to Sunday."

*** Nutt said TE Ferbia Allen has made substantial improvement. "He's come a thousand miles. I'm excited about that. And (TE) E.J. Epperson came back today after being sick. That was a big help today."

*** National media and college football fans can now follow Jevan Snead online at The new website provides an in-depth look at the Rebel quarterback with the latest news and stats as well as what others in college football are saying about him. The site will also provide weekly video highlights of Snead's performances during the season. Snead, a junior, has been named to watch lists for the Walter Camp College Football Player of the Year Award, the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Manning Award.

*** Ole Miss basketball guard Trevor Gaskins, at the IPF today, said he is feeling well in his knee scope recovery and should be good to go in two weeks or so.

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