Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt sensed Thursday was the day to let the team catch its breath and to get away from contact after some heavy hitting the past few days.
"After watching yesterday's film, the guys gave us a real good effort and we decided we needed to let them get their legs back under them," said Nutt. "We worked out in the IPF this morning with no pads and had a good correction practice.
"We watched film, we lifted weights, we corrected and then we went about an hour and 15 minutes offensively and defensively."
Houston will give the Rebels this afternoon off and then meet tonight for some film work and "maybe something different," that he didn't identify, but sounded more on the lines of fun than "work."
Nutt was asked about the status of injured players Markeith Summers (hamstring), Lionel Breaux (eye infection) and Mike Marry (hamstring).
"Lionel was back this morning. We think we will have Markeith back tomorrow," Nutt said. "Mike Marry is the one lingering on. He's got a hyperextended knee and strained hamstring. When the knee bent back, it caused the hamstring to pull. It's taking longer than we anticipated for it to get right."
Junior DT Justin Smith has returned from two foot surgeries last year and a chest infection the first week of fall camp.
"He's finally out here with us and is going 100 miles an hour. He's got a lot of good players in front of him, but I fully intend for him to be in the mix in some capacity, but the one thing we have right now are four guys in front of him - Jerrell Powe, Ted laurent, Lawon Scott and LaMark Armour - all playing at a high level," Nutt continued.
Justin has never had a redshirt and Nutt was asked if that might be a possibility for Smith this season.
"We intend for him to play," Nutt answered.
In a couple of more weeks, there will be more decisions made on all the possible redshirts, but. . .
"It's too early for us to tell right now. We know a couple who will redshirt, but we've still got a lot of evaluating and sorting out to do to determine that fully," he said.
Anything new on the quarterback front?
"Not really," he said, appearing to want to say something but holding his tongue. "It will clear up pretty soon, I think."
The Rebels will get back in their full schedule tomorrow with a morning walk through type practice and then put the pads back on for the afternoon workout which will resemble a rehearsal of Saturday's important scrimmage after the Meet The Rebels Day festivities in the IPF.