Marry ready for practice

After sitting out of football and attending Ole Miss as a "regular" student during the fall semester, Mike Marry is ready to show what he's got during some on-campus bowl practices. Read about it inside.

Mike Marry misses football and the team environment.

This fall was the first time football has not been a part of his life since he was a little boy.

The 6-foot-4 Marry, who sat out during the fall semester, will be able to practice with the Rebels beginning December 12th and participate in all on-campus bowl practices.

"I'm excited about it, very excited about it," Marry said recently. "Being out of football has been a good experience for me in some ways because it showed me how much I miss it and it allowed me to get acclimated to college life without the demands of football and academics, but I'm ready to get back to the game I love. It's been tough being out of football, but that's almost over now."

Marry, who said he's got all A's and B's in the classroom for the fall semester, came to Ole Miss for summer school and got a taste of offseason workouts and being around the team, but as a greyshirt, he had to cut most ties to the team during the fall semester. Greyshirts cannot practice with the team or use team facilities such as the weight room.

"(Fellow greyshirt) Evan (Swindall) and I have been working out together at the Turner Center all semester," Marry noted. "We've been consistent in preparing ourselves for when we could start practicing."

In the summer, Marry was roughly 6-4 and around 230 pounds. He's added weight and strength to his frame.

"I feel stronger and faster and I am now weighing 250 pounds right now," Marry added. "I'd like to lose a little weight and tone up some more, but I like what I have done with my body so far.

"The added weight has not slowed me down. I'm as fast at 250 because of the extra strength I have gained as I was at 230, but I think I can play faster around 235-240," he explained. "I have improved my squat a lot. I'm now at 425 pounds now and my bench is now at 305. I was working upper and lower body strength and have gotten quite a bit stronger during the semester."

Marry has been hanging out with some of the current players on the Rebel team - RB Rodney Scott, RB/WR Dexter McCluster, WR Pat Patterson and WR Jesse Grandy.

"They all tell me the same thing about joining the team in practice," said Marry, the Tampa Bay Defesnive Player of the Year at Largo HS his senior season. "Go hard and you'll be alright.

"The first couple of days will be kind of difficult - I'll probably be a little sore and behind in my assignments and stuff - but I expect to be OK after a few days. It helped me a lot to be here in the summer. I picked up a lot of stuff in the summer and I think I have retained some things."

Mike was signed as a linebacker, but he could also end up growing into a defensive end depending on how he develops.

Those are both positions the Rebels need help at in 2010.

Marry believes help is on the way, starting December 12th with his first practice.

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