But you couldn't get Rebel Coach Houston Nutt to complain too much about it.
"I was proud of our first scrimmage. The hitting was really crisp and the guys gave a lot of effort," said Nutt. "I am anxious to see the film, but some things came together today.
"Our backs ran hard and made some plays and our receivers continue to have a good camp. Our receivers are blocking and playing without the ball very well and they are making plays."
Of the backs, Enrique Davis ripped off an early long run and then ran hard with every carry after.
"We consider him a starter," said Nutt. "We think of him the same way we do Brandon (Bolden). He'll get a lot of carries because he's a load. He hit it hard on that long run.
"Brandon looked a little leg weary today. But then Jeff Scott came in and gave us another gear for a few plays. I'm also proud of Rodney Scott and Derrick Herman and what they have been able to do. We've got some back, some good backs."
Of course, the $64K question centers around the quarterbacks.
"They all did well. They all have a little different game. They all do things well. Nathan (Stanley) had a good read tonight and threw the ball very well," Nutt noted. "Jeremiah (Masoli) buys time in the pocket, escapes and then throws a 40-yard bullet. He can spark you. It wasn't Randall's best night, but he's been awfully accurate all week and we know he can throw it. I feel good about QB right now.
"The race is real tight right now. We thought there would be more separation, but there's not. Mackey and Masoli just got here and had to pick up the playbook and start all over. It's amazing how far they have come, especially Jeremiah. He had less time than Randall. Nathan is better at getting everyone lined up and knowing the offense. Bottom line, it's closer than what we thought it would be at the end of the first week."
Pressed about a pecking order, Nutt laid it out, as of right now.
"Nathan would start if we played tomorrow because of his familiarity with the offense and he's made plays, but it's tightened up since the first day of camp," he added.
Houston even had some good words for the offensive line, an area of concern in terms of their inconsistent play during the first week of camp.
"The offensive line gave our quarterbacks, for the most part, time to throw and we had some creases in the run game that were good to see," he said. "Both the first and second group competed."
There was some praise left over, naturally, for the defense as well.
"When they want to, they can make it very difficult. We couldn't get much on them in the Red Zone and they lit to hit and fly around," Nutt stated. "I'm excited about them."
Nutt also got good vibes from the kicking game.
"Field goal kicker Bryson Rose was excellent and so was Punter Tyler Campbell. They kicked the ball the way we know they can today," he said.
For good measure, on the plus side of the ledger, Nutt was pumped about the fans in attendance.
"I think it pumped our kids up to have two or three thousand people there cheering for them and I appreciate all the Rebels who came out," he said.
What was he not pleased with in the scrimmage?
"The offense has to do better in the Red Zone. We've always been good in the red Zone and that has to improve. We missed some assignments at critical times and that has to be corrected," he noted. "We have to score down there. Other than that, without having looked at the film, for our first scrimmage, we were OK."
Nutt is always pointing forward and the upcoming week, to him, is one of the most critical of the year.
"We've knocked all the rust off now in the first week and this coming week is the last week before class, so we can still eat, sleep and dream football," he explained. "We have to keep making big strides in this week coming up. We have to really fight hard this week and push through the heat."
* Frosh CB Cliff Coleman (ankle), OLB Mike Marry (hamstring) and DT Justin Smith (chest infection) did not participate. . . Smith came down with 103 degree fever earlier in the week and has not been able to practice since. The hope is he will be back tomorrow or Monday. . . Despite the intense heat, only four players all week have had hydration problems and have had to be IV'd. That's a terrific sign they are a) in shape; b) being tended to properly with hydration.
* A few days ago, it seemed a weight was lifted off Bryson Rose's shoulders. Almost overnight, he seemed more relaxed and confident in his kicking, as was noted in an earlier practice report. Today, in front of a crowd, he was one crossbar away from being perfect in six field goal attempts. The lone miss hit the crossbar and fell back no good, but it was dead in the middle. The other five were good as gold.
* Former players Rufus French, Aremegis Spearman and Marcus Johnson were seen today. French, by the way, is married with two kids and is selling insurance in his hometown of Amory. By the way, he looks like he could still play.
* Freshman Center Evan Swindall worked with the number one unit today in place of A.J. Hawkins. There have been some snap exchange problems during the first week and A.J. was pulled because of that. When asked how Swindall did, OL Coach Mike Markuson said "just about perfect."
* There's no more prancing around for Enrique Davis. He has now accepted what he is - a power back with some moves, but north and south first. As a result, he's making some noise when he gets the ball in his hands. He's moving the pile and when he sees a crease, he's hitting it without hesitation. His long scamper today was right up the gut.
* The Rebel defense gave up a couple of big plays today, but the first team was as strong as garlic for the most part, especially in the Red Zone. Even the plays the offense made on them were tight and could have gone the other way, just excellent effort by the offensive playmakers.
* DEs Kentrell Lockett and Wayne Dorsey are givens. What you see is what you get, but quickly backups Gerald Rivers and Cameron Whigham are developing into reliable players in their own right. Rivers has turned up the heat on his pass rush game and Whigham is playing as physical as anyone. Depth will be important at those positions and it seems like it's getting there.
* While the linebacking corps does not make you come out of your seat with too many big hits and "wow" plays, they are always in the right place, rarely make mistakes and do their jobs efficiently. They get runners on the ground and have very few busts. They may not be the most "entertaining" group on the field, but they could very well be the soundest and most productive.
* You could have knocked me over with a feather if you would have told me I'd be writing this after a week into practice. 6-6 Melvin Harris has turned himself into a very dangerous receiver and a big threat after a sporadic spring. He's playing with confidence now and is making a lot of plays he wasn't making in spring. In fact, at this very moment, he's been the most productive receiver on the squad.
* Every time you think one of the quarterbacks is putting a little breathing room between him and the competition, one of the others makes a play and you have to rethink your position. While all three have areas they have to work on, all three are quickly turning into playmakers. I'm glad it's not my job to pick one. And on those lines, kudos to Evan Ingram and Witt Haggard, no slouches themselves at QB, despite just getting here and despite limited reps behind the top three. Put it this way - the scout team will indeed be in good hands this fall.
* Speaking of tough decisions, it can't be a walk in the park to be RB Coach Derrick Nix right now either. Each back has a different style, but just like the QBs, all have produced in situations. To make matters even more difficult to sort out, freshman Jeff Scott comes to town and simply has a gear the others don't possess. A good, but complicated, situation.