High Risers

Kentrell Lockett only had a couple of tackles in Saturday's scrimmage. But the starters weren't in there a lot.

Most of them, like the senior from Hahnville, La., have proven themselves already. This was a chance to get them in on a little action but get the newer and younger players even more involved.

"But we saw the good and bad of the offense and the good and bad of the defense out there," he said. "We just have to play at one level for four quarters, start that way and end that way. We'll be alright."

Lockett said things are getting better and there's still time with the opener three weeks away. But he's not totally pleased with things yet, and certainly not his own play.

Lockett and Nutt

"I felt like I did good but I could have done better," said Lockett, who felt that way about the whole team. "We were up and we were down. We have to be more consistent. But the first scrimmage, and with the new guys we have, I think we're coming along."

He did like one aspect of the defense in this scrimmage.

"Effort," he said emphatically. "Even when we messed up we were going full speed and flying around the football. When we all get on one accord, we'll be fine."

Lockett said the trio of quarterbacks vying for the starting job are doing well.

"These quarterbacks are good," he said of Nathan Stanley, Jeremiah Masoli, and Randall Mackey. "Coach (Houston) Nutt has got a decision on his hands, really knowing which guy he's going to put on the field. At the end of the day, we're still going to be good. We've got three guys that bring three totally different things to the table, and we're going to be able to utilize them all."

He has been impressed with Masoli.

"The guy has a poise in the pocket that I've never seen before," Lockett said. "He's not rattled or startled at all by anything that comes his way. That's going to be big for him in this league."

Harris Impressive So Far

Melvin Harris caught three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, including a 13-yarder thrown to him by Mackey.

"I felt like I had a good day but I can always get better," said the sophomore wide receiver from Buford, Ga. "There are still things I have to do. I'm still working on my blocking.

Melvin Harris

"I feel great about the way I've been catching the ball."

Harris thought, all in all, things went well.

"I thought the offense did pretty well," he said. "The O-Line held up well today, and that gives me an opportunity to go out and do what I do to help contribute to the team. The quarterbacks did pretty good. We (receivers) only had one drop today, so I felt like the whole unit did a good job out there."

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said Harris has been a bright spot so far this month.

"Melvin Harris continues to have a good camp and make plays," Nutt said. "I'm excited about him."

Harris said he's worked at it.

"This summer I was catching every single day and being repetitive," he said. "I trust my hands now. God blessed me with them, and they always come through for me."

Some separation at PK

Bryson Rose made all but one of his kicks Saturday night - both point afters and field goals. And that 46-yarder hit the crossbar, accurate but just short.

The Rebel sophomore placekicker from Raleigh, N.C., appears to be well ahead of his nearest competitors for the extra point and field goal job this season. Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage was the latest proof, as he went 5-for-6 from extra point range to 40-plus.

Bryson Rose

"I thought it was a good day," Rose said.

But he isn't about to rest on his performances to this point in trying to replace Joshua Shene who graduated last season.

"Every day's a battle," Rose said. "We just go out there and do our best and make the best of our moments. Everyone's still neck and neck. You just have to go out there and keep doing it."

It didn't appear that things were neck and neck Saturday, but things could always change. All three – Rose as well as David Hankins and Andrew Ritter are virtually untested in the place-kicking department at the college level.

"I felt pretty confident out there today," Rose said.

Clearly it showed.

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