Improvement Incentive

Nathan Stanley quickly dropped back and looked to his right.

Wide receiver Jesse Grandy had created slight separation on a slant pattern. As the defense closed in, Stanley zipped a perfectly thrown ball in between coverage. Grandy laid out for the catch, with the result a 7-yard gain.

Though a small sample size, the play was allegorical in a sense. The Ole Miss offense has struggled to gain yards for the better part of the spring, but began to look the part on the practice fields Tuesday.

Junior guard Rishaw Johnson has helped spark the revamped offense, as he returned from suspension this spring and stepped into the starting lineup.

Rishaw Johnson

He opened last season atop the depth chart at right guard, and has been pegged by head coach Houston Nutt as key towards the team's success in 2010.

Johnson, along with co-offensive coordinator Mike Markuson, spoke with the media shortly after practice.

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