"It's been a pretty physical and hot camp, but we've given good effort and I think we are tuned in pretty good. We're getting better, but we have to finish it up the next couple of weeks. School starts Monday, so it won't be all football now, so we really have to focus and concentrate during the time we are allotted for football."
Nutt, off the top of his head, talked a little about some of the players the Rebs will be counting on or are on the cusp of that echelon.
"CB Charles Sawyer has really come on and will be counted on. LB D.T. Shackelford, who none of us consider a backup, has had an excellent camp. He's so quick, so intense and so good, we are very proud to have him on our side for sure. Today, two young safeties, Brishen Mathews and Jarius Williams, were laying some good licks out there," he continued. "Ja-Mes Logan and Jared Mitchell are doing a good job playing without the ball in teh blocking game and they are making some plays. FB Martez Eastland is a youngster who is in the mix.
"OL Jared Duke is another example. LB Clarence Jackson is another name that pops up as someone who should contribute this year and we already know Jeff Scott will play at running back some. We are developing more depth, reliable depth, and that makes us feel better about our overall situation."
The inevitable arose - Nutt being asked about the quarterback race as it pertained to Saturday's scrimmage.
"Nathan Stanley had one bad read, taking a sack instead of dumping the ball off. Other than that, he was perfect," Nutt said. "He handled the offense, manged the game and threw some good balls.
"Jeremiah Masoli continues to make plays, especially under duress. When Randall Mackey knows where everyone is, he's really, really good. I feel good about all three of them."
Houston said he's pretty sure he will play at least two quarterbacks, at least early in the season.
"I feel real confident in Nathan in managing the clock, taking care of the ball. I see no problems with him in the game. Jeremiah has experience. He makes things happen. There are no major issues with him. Randall does a lot of things well, but he doesn't know as much of the offense," Houston said. "We all want to watch the film, evaluate and start making more firm decisions this week.
"We can also do different things with each of them. The issue now is that we can't continue to work three as much. We have to get down to two getting the bulk of the reps."
So the logical questions are: can you move Mackey around to other positions and do you consider a redshirt for him?
"He's such a good athlete, we could entertain moving Randall around, but in my mind, he's an excellent quarterback and more of a quarterback than anything else," Houston stated. "He's a true quarterback. As far as redshirting him, it's a possibility, but we have more evaluating to do before we get into that.
"Let me just say this. Our QB situation is a whole lot better than it was July 30th and we can deal with it."
Nutt was also more upbeat about the OL.
"Today, I felt they were more physical and showed improvement, but we had a couple of penalties we can't have in games," he noted. "You can't have penalties in the Red Zone, period. We have to correct that."
WR Melvin Harris has been the talk of camp. He remained the talk after the scrimmage.
"What a camp he has had. Outstanding. He nad Lionel Breaux have been really good. We trust them a lot now and that's good to see because we had to have someone step up at that position and they have," added Nutt.
* At Meet The Rebels Day in the IPF today, it was supposed to last from 2-4 p.m. As players and assistant coaches filed out at 4 bells, there were still people in line for Nutt's autograph. He obliged, staying until everyone had gotten his John Hancock, an hour past the 4 o'clock deadline. Not many head coaches would do that. Tip of the hat to Houston because that's the spirit of MTR Day.
* Freshman Safety Brishen Mathews was challenged by Safety Coach Kim Dameron prior to the Rebs taking the field. Turn loose.
"He's such a perfectionist that sometimes he doesn't react quickly for fear of messing up. I told him to turn it loose and we would correct the mistakes later," Dameron said.
Mathews obliged, with several hits heard throughout the stadium, drawing the praise of DC Tyrone Nix in his post-scrimmage statements. Mathews came to Ole Miss with the rep of being a headhunter. He showed that Saturday. . . Ditto on safety newcomer Jarius Williams. No fear of contact from that youngster, who also drew Nix's praise, either.
* WR Markeith Summers dressed out for the scrimmage but he only participated in drills before the real contact began. He's over his hamstring pull, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
* It's easy to take the Rebel defensive line for granted in these kinds of reports. In fall camp, you're looking for "new" and depth. We already know what the veteran DL can do and what their expectations are, but for clarity sake, they are not forgotten or taken for granted. Kentrell Lockett, Ted Laurent, Lawon Scott, Jerrell Powe and Wayne Dorsey are the foundation of this team and a lot rests on their shoulders, as every Rebel fan knows. In camp, they haven't gotten a lot of ink, but everyone is well aware of their prowess and their production and it's at a high, high level.
* It was good seeing CB Tony Grimes and DE Delvin Jones at the scrimmage and dressed in shorts and helmets. They were not expected to start their acclimation practices until Tuesday after their physicals Sunday and team day off Monday, but they got their physicals this morning and worked some drills with the team prior to the scrimmage to get their practice clocks started. Physically, it's easy to see why they were both four-star recruits. Both are extremely quick and both indicated they have been working out and are in good shape, ready for the rigors of college football when they can put on full gear next week.
* A couple of personnel notes prior to the offense versus defense scrimmage. The Rebels worked the kickoff team and the kickoff return men today for the first time. It appears Jesse Grandy and Rodney Scott will be the deep men on kickoff return and they will be backed by freshman Jeff Scott and Derrick Herman. Brandon Bolden and Korvic Neat are also in that mix. . . It also appears, besides Jeff Scott, FB Martez Eastland and LB Clarence Jackson, who lined up with the first unit on KOR (Eastland) and KO (Jackson) will not redshirt this year it appears. . . Today's first unit of the kickoff coverage team was comprised of Jeff Scott, Derrick Herman, Clarence Jackson, Brandon Sanders, Allen Walker, Lakenwic Haynes, Damien Jackson, George Helow and Fon Ingram from left to right. Andrew Ritter was the number one kicker.
* For our money, Shackelford on defense and Melvin Harris on offense stole the show in Saturday's scrimmage. Shackelford was all over the field and had three QB sacks. Harris turned one short pass into a long score and had a couple of more nice catches, including one of roughly 35 yards with the Rebs starting at their own one delivered by Stanley under pressure.
* There was only one noticeable injury from today's scrimmage - Safety Fon Ingram twisted his knee. The early report is that it's not bad, but tomorrow will tell the whole tale. CB Julian Whitehead had a slight stinger, but is expected to be OK.