"We felt a little sorry for ourselves. We had a little cloud cover today, but we got a little tired and didn't finish the way we need to. Can't do that."
Nutt singled out the offensive line as a group that took their foot off the accelerator a bit.
"Bradley Sowell gets it, he's ahead of the game. Bobby (Massie) has played and is doing OK, but we have to get better, much better," he said.
Nutt again commented on his newcomers.
"I like our young people. They are embracing practice and attacking it," Nutt assessed. "Carlton Martin, Carlos Thompson, Clarence Jackson, Jeff Scott, Vincent Sanders - we'll get him some pads on tomorrow. They are all attacking it even though they are lost. I love that," he continued.
Nutt was asked about RG Rishaw Johnson, who had problems last fall and was allowed back on the team in spring.
"He's grown up. I believe in second chances and trying to help young people's lives and I think he's turned the corner," Nutt said. "He's actually been trying to be a leader for us. He working, getting in the playbook and is trying to help the young people. Rishaw is one of the strongest guys we've got and it's starting to show."
At one point, Nutt had suggested QB Randall Mackey might play other positions besides QB. That has not happened yet.
"He's got a lot going on just learning QB for right now. We're not going to clutter his mind with other positions yet or worry about that now," said Houston. "He's doing a good job throwing the ball. It's just a different game getting under center when he has been a shotgun guy his whole career, but when the ball is in his hands, things happen.
"Jeremiah (Masoli) also had a good day. Like I said yesterday, he's got huddle presence, he's smooth and he learns quickly. With everything we are throwing at him, he's doing real well."
Nutt was asked if there was any separation yet in the quarterbacks. The answer was "not yet," but he thought things would filter out after the first scrimmage a little.
"We're trying to even out the reps and evaluate as we go," he stated.
DE Wayne Dorsey had a good spring, but he needed to keep coming into the fall. He has, according to Nutt.
"Wayne is more physical now than he was in spring. He's attacking the ends now without any hesitation. He's taking on the power, the counter and the run plays. We always knew he could rush the passer. He's becoming a complete player now," Nutt noted.
The cornerback positions was the next thing on Nutt's mind.
"I wish we had our freshmen out here (Cliff Coleman was in a boot with a sprained ankle and they are awaiting word on Tony Grimes on his elgibility), we need them, but I think Jeremy McGee, Charles Sawyer and Marcus Temple are doing well and moving Frank Crawford was an excellent move for us," he said.
TE Ferbia Allen made a splash today in the passing game. Nutt shook his head when asked about that development.
"I get so many questions about TE usage," he smiled. "I had to get the ball to the TE. I love the tight end. Ferbia is doing well, Reggie Hicks is producing and Z. Mason is showing improvement. Ferbia had a big day today."
Houston has been happy with the team's overall condition.
"We aren't seeing much cramping or players going into the training room. In this heat, that tells me our summer conditioning program was real good," he explained. "We're in pretty good shape and will build from there."
* CB Cliff Coleman missed practice today due to a sprained ankle. He was in a boot on the sidelines. . . There have been no other injuries other than a slightly tweaked hamstring by OLB Mike Marry. The extent of that is not known at this time.
* TB Brandon Bolden and TB Derrick Herman joined Jesse Grandy, Markeith Summers and Jeff Scott in fielding punts today. Looks like some experimentation is going on to see who can handle it. We'll keep you posted.
* The top five linebackers are, as expected, Jonathan Cornell, Allen Walker, Joel Kight, D.T. Shackelford and Mike Marry.
Who is sixth? Right now, there isn't one that has stepped up and taken hold of that opening. Alex Williams, Rudy Wilson, Brandon Sanders and frosh Clarence Jackson all had chances today but none distinguished themselves.
* At the start of practice, the first practice with shoulder pads on, Nutt put the team through 10 minuntes of bull in the ring to get their contact juices flowing. First up - Jerrell Powe versus Rishaw Johnson. Johnson, you may recall, whipped Powe in spring on a couple of occasions. Powe returned the favor today. Great battle between those two, one we expect will be daily.
* There has been very little movement in the depth chart on defense since spring. Here's the current two-deep: DE Wayne Dorsey, Cameron Whigham; DE - Kentrell Lockett, Gerald Rivers; DT - Jerrell Powe, Ted Laurent; DT - Lawon Scott, LaMark Armour; MLB - Jonathan Cornell, D.T. Shackelford; SLB - Allen Walker, Mike Marry; WLB - Joel Kight, Alex Williams; SS - Johnny Brown, Damien Jackson; FS - Fon Ingram, Terrell Grant; CB - Jeremy McGee, Frank Crawford; CB - Marcus Temple, Charles Sawyer.
* There's been a lot of buzz about walkon OL Terrell Brown, the 6-11, 410-pounder. Yes, he's huge. Therein, for now, lies the problem. He's too big. One, he has to lose about 50-60 pounds. Two, he's got to work on his flexibility and bending. Three, he's got to get in better shape. But OL Coach Mike Markuson thinks a lot can be done with Terrell in time.
"He's a great young man. He wants to be here. He wants to play. He's inquisitive. He's eager. Terrell just has to start from scratch with his body and with fundamentals and see where that takes him," Markuson said.
* RS freshman DT Corey Gaines was 310 pounds in spring. He's now down to a more workable 285. That's helped his movement, his conditioning and his explosiveness, but he still needs to work on his every-down intensity. He's made a step forward, however, since spring. He's now got a chance to help down the road, but for this year, the DT slots may be too crowded with veteran players.
* WR Vincent Sanders and CB Kyle Horine joined the team Monday so they were not in shoulder pads today. Everyone has to go through two days of acclimation with no pads. They will put on shoulder pads tomorrow. But in the meantime, Sanders did run some patterns in one-on-one drills. One, in particular again drew the praise of WR Coach Ron Dickerson. A quick move to the inside shook him from a defender and 20-yard gain was the catch and gain was the result. "Son, that's a big-time move!" Dickerson exclaimed. Hmmmm. . . big-time already? Sounds promising.
* For our money, the best corner on the team is Temple. We're not keeping a play chart, but the guy who gets the most praise out of that group of CB Coach Chris Vaughn day-in-and-day-out is Temp, a junior. While McGee and Sawyer are both doing fine, Temple is the guy who invariably makes the most plays, especially in man coverage.
* All the QBs did an excellent job of dumping off the ball today and taking what was given them by the defense, mostly underneath stuff. Hence, the big day for TE Ferbia Allen and some flare stuff to the backs went well. Good to see all three checking down and taking care of the ball without trying to force it downfield. Live to throw it another play.
* For now, it appears the dime coverage packages will bring in Charles Swayer and Damien Jackson when six DBs are used.
* Randall Mackey made two throws that turned people's heads today.
One was from the pocket, a 30-yard lazer to Jesse Grandy over the middle with a small window to throw to, the other rolling left and throwing across his body to Grandy crossing the field on a 20-yard route. Both got out of his hand quickly, had some steam on them and were on target. Impressive.
* It's obvious the Reb coaches are going to give frosh RB Jeff Scott and opportunity to be their outside threat. Rounding the corner, he looks like he was shot out of a cannon, and you can visibly see him using his speed to separate from defenders. He can motor.
* Another player who is starting to show his speed more and more is DE Gerald Rivers. When he comes around the corner on a pass rush, he's moving and two or three times today simply blew by tackles.
* You want vintage Jeremiah Masoli? On one play, he took a shotgun snap, slid left as the right side of the pocket broke down, felt the pressure and lofted a perfect pass over the linebackers and under the DBs who were playing a zone to WR Ja-Mes Logan. One, pocket presence. Two, feeling the pressure and buying time. Three, delivering the ball under pressure to the only spot it could be caught. Pretty.
* Practice in shoulder pads and helmets will be at 5:20 tomorrow and is open to the public.